Richborough Mast

Big donation to ‘small’ school: Vigilant Global partners with Great Oaks Small School

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The team at Vigilant Global, the company behind the Richborough Mast planning application, have today announced their partnership with Great Oaks Small School in Minster. The school, which educates students who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Social Communication Disorder (SCD), has received funding enabling the purchase of 28 computers from the philanthropic organisation.

The computers are being utilised by both students and staff, and have revolutionised the way the school teaches students with complex educational needs or who are supported in their own homes.

Julie-Anne Kelly, Headteacher of Great Oaks Small School, said: “We are delighted to have received this generous donation as part of the Richborough Mast community benefits programme and are very grateful for their support. The computers are an invaluable addition to our technology system, and allow teachers and students to access the numerous resources on the internet and work independently. We look forward to continuing to work with Vigilant Global in the future.

Great Oaks Small School is the third organisation to have benefited from Vigilant Global’s Richborough Mast benefits programme, which has already provided funding for a communications system upgrade at Sandwich Technology School and a new sound system for Sir Roger Manwood's School in Sandwich.

If planning permission is granted and the Richborough Mast is constructed, Great Oaks Small School will also receive free High Speed Wireless Broadband, courtesy of Vigilant’s partnership with VFast. VFast would install wireless broadband equipment on the mast, which would provide significantly improved connection speeds of up to 100 megabits per second for existing and future customers in the local area.

All three donations have been made regardless of the final decision by Dover District Council on the proposed Richborough Mast, and demonstrates Vigilant Global’s commitment to supporting the local communities in the Richborough, Ash and Sandwich area.

As well as offering a single mast solution and protection for Manston Airport, under the proposals for Vigilant Global’s Richborough Mast, the support provided to the local community will increase substantially if planning permission is granted, including the launch of a planned £2 million community benefits package.

We are delighted to be partnering with Great Oaks Small School to support their vital work with children with special educational needs," said Eric Bellerive, Director of Global Networks at Vigilant Global. “Vigilant Global is committed to championing the communities we work in, and we have a successful record of engaging with and supporting the local community groups which make an area special. We’re looking forward to building a long term relationship with Great Oaks Small School and other community groups in the local area, and our proposed mast delivering a long term positive impact for the local community.

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