A student uses a computer with help from an adult

St John's Walworth, London

Computer Aid International and Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) partnered with St John’s Walworth primary school in Elephant and Castle to open a new IT lab for the pupils to learn much needed digital skills. Orion Global also provided engineering support for the setup, making sure the computers were ready to be used as soon as the kids got back from half term.

The new lab features 18 computers, transforming what was the music room into a multi-use room where students can learn a variety of subjects. This was the first UK project Computer Aid has run, after running overseas projects successfully for the past 22 years.

“The pupils, staff, parents and governors are delighted with the new IT lab; a much-needed resource which provides teachers with new opportunities to invigorate the curriculum and pupils with exciting new opportunities to develop knowledge and skills. At a time when funding cuts have stifled all notions of improving the school’s fundamental resources this philanthropic act has provided a real boost to morale – thank you!”

- Matthew Velada-Billson, Head Teacher at St John’s, Walworth.


Students use computers in the new lab


The lab was officially opened on the 26th of November with a ceremony at the school. 

The new students are eager to start using the computers and will be taught Microsoft Office, research skills and coding to help them prepare for further education and the job market.