Pupils at Field View Primary School in Bilston have been helped on their home learning journey thanks to a generous donation by the town's branch of Argos.

The Bilston store's manager Lee Broadbent phoned the Lonsdale Road school last month and offered over £500 worth of Lenovo and Alba devices for pupils so they could access remote learning.

Head of School Earl Richards said: "Nearly 80% of our children are accessing remote education and trying their best to learn from home, and we are doing everything we can to make it as easy as possible for them and their parents, so generous donations like this are invaluable.

"Some of our families struggle financially, even at the best of times, and over half our children receive free school meals. Some simply cannot afford the additional cost of the equipment needed for home schooling so being able to provide them with devices like this is a real help."

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "Education is vitally important for all children and young people and we know how hard it has been for parents to juggle home schooling with other commitments, particularly if they don't have access to digital devices for their children.

"We have worked hard with local schools to make laptops and other devices available to share with families who need them, and it's wonderful to see businesses like Argos in Bilston playing a key role in this.”

The Department for Education confirmed last month that schools will not be able to welcome back more pupils until 8 March at the earliest. Only vulnerable children and the children of critical workers can attend in person until then, with other pupils continuing to receive high quality remote education at home. Schools will be closed to all pupils over the February half term holiday.