A junior school in Workington and causes for families in need have received support for home schooling of their students during the coronavirus lockdown.

Victoria Junior School in Workington has received donations of stationary and paper from Cumbrian businesses after reaching out to Businesses in the Community's emergency response lead for the North West, Gaynor Anthony.

Derwent Art and the Cumberland Pencil Company donated pencils and paper to the junior school as well as four schooling hubs set up in the area for the children of key workers, and Moorclose Community Centre.

James Cropper Paper Mill in Kendall also supported the home schooling of Cumbrian children, donating paper to the school and organisations.

Deputy head teacher of Victoria Junior School, Gillian Spokes, said that the donations benefitted the program which was succeeding in educating pupils under difficult circumstances.

She said: “Our parents have been very supportive during this difficult time encouraging the children to do their home learning , we can’t thank them enough."

She added: “As a school we have been providing all pupils with weekly activities covering the topics they would have been studying during this term and staff have been receiving emails from the children showing us what they have been doing which is lovely to see.”