An Andover school has received thousands of pounds in prize money after being announced as the winners of a manufacturer’s award.

Winton Community Academy will receive a donation of £2,500 after it was announced as a joint winner of appliance manufacturer Haier’s ‘#Haier4Education’ campaign, having been nominated by Adele Keeble.

The school are hoping to use the funds to purchase laptops for students, as well as bringing a bit of festive cheer to the school by buying a Christmas tree.

Winton headteacher Helen Jones said: “We are looking to use the money for additional laptops so that when children have to self-isolate and they don't have a device we can loan this to them so they can continue to learn.

“We are also hoping to get a large Christmas tree to plant so that we will have it every year to go in the centre of our school”.

The campaign ran from November 2 to November 16, with hundreds of entries made to the competition. The initiative was designed by Haier UK to help and support schools and universities towards new books, laptops, equipment and learning materials for online support.

Crown Wood Primary School in Bracknell was also a winner, and will receive the same prize money.

Haier UK said that they are keen to launch more of these initiatives in 2021 to support education and communities.