Local MP Grant Shapps joined Openreach’s Chief Executive Clive Selley and a team of his engineers to help provide fibre cable to Southfield School in Hatfield.

The engineers volunteered their time to install the cables, which will provide huge benefits to the school and its pupils. Southfield School caters specifically for primary school children with moderate learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders and speech language and communication difficulties.

Grant helped the team do a fibre splice, essentially joining two fibre optic cables together to connect the school to the fibre optic exchange and allowing them to enjoy a superfast internet connection.

Grant said: “I have been fighting hard to get residents and businesses across Welwyn Hatfield connected to fibre, and have been pushing Openreach to make significant progress. This is another positive step forward, and I know that having a fibre connection will make a huge difference to the staff and pupils at Southfield School.”

Libby Duggan, Headteacher at Soutfield School, said: “Good communication is at the heart of everything we do at Southfield School. FTTP means that our pupils and staff will be able to use technology to connect with each other and local, national and international learning communities. It will open exciting new windows on the world and secure many enriching and engaging learning opportunities in the future.”