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PUPILS starting their secondary education in Paulsgrove this month have been treated to mini-laptops to give them a technological headstart.

All year seven youngsters at King Richard School now own a netbook to help them with research and to allow them to do their homework independently.

The full cost of a netbook is £380 but the school is charging £150 and subsidising the difference.

Headteacher Adam Dare said: ‘We want to give every student IT access to support their education.

‘We need our students to be computer literate and to be able to research properly and work independently.

‘Too often research involves a low quality Google search and we want to train our children to use the net intelligently and safely.

‘By encouraging every student to have a netbook they can take home we can develop more high quality work at home.’

This is the second year the school has run the subsidised computer scheme.