A NETWORK repair company has helped students get back to learning by installing state-of-the art fibre optic cables.

Networx3, which is based in Great Harwood and also specialises in drone technology, were first called into St Bede's High School in Blackburn after their internet connection to an overflow teaching space in the sports block became disrupted.

The copper cabling into the building had been partially severed and work to put it right was programmed for the Easter holidays, with Networx3 was able to get the remote building back online using fibre optic cabling technology.

St Bede’s facilities and compliance manager Cameron Smith said: "With more than 1,000 pupils attending St Bede’s every day every scrap of space is being used across the school to allow for our Covid bubbles.

"It’s an expectation now that classrooms have an internet connection, all schools are reliant on it including ours.

"This building has full internet connectivity now; the connection is faster and more robust."

Network3 uses compressed air to install fibre optic cable quickly, which was exactly what the school needed in this case.

"There aren’t that many companies that could provide the service we needed and to find that right here in Lancashire was a bonus.

"Networx3 were able to pinpoint the damage without digging up tarmac and with zero disruption."

As a result students were able to return to learning in the two classrooms at the start of the summer term without any interruption to their studies.

Networx3 commercial director Caroline Earnshaw said: “We were only too glad to help when we got the call from St Bede’s and pulled out all the stops to get the upgrade done during the holidays to avoid disruption to youngsters’ studies.

“We see it as Networx3 doing their bit to support a local school, during these challenging times, by futureproofing its communications infrastructure.”

To find out more about Networx3, go to: https://www.networx3.co.uk/.