We have a selection of IT policies and documents for parents, students and staff:
1) IT Services: Contract for Responsible Use of IT
The Contract for Responsible Use of IT aims to help every student understand how to make fair and appropriate use of school systems, respecting the needs of other users. Online services constantly ask us to sign up to Terms and Conditions, which most users don't bother to check or read. We ask all students and staff to read this Contract when they arrive, then to sign the IT Services:Terms and Conditions to show their acceptance of the Contract.
2) Digital Strategy
'The school's use of technology promotes innovative learning by digitally confident students, inspired by skilled and creative teaching. We advocate secure and sustainable use of technology, with first-class systems for communication and administration.'
Horizon 2020: Digital Strategy articulates how we will use systems and technologies to support students and staff over the next five to ten years. Responding to the challenges our students will face as they enter higher education and the world of work, the strategy is informed by Horizon 2020.
3) Students’ use of mobile devices in school
Eighteen computing suites in nine academic departments are used for lessons and are often booked by staff for their lessons. Banks of iPads are also used extensively for a number of subjects. Drop-in PCs are available to students for independent study in all boarding houses, the Library, Sixth Form Common Room and the Technology department. Whilst we neither require nor expect students to use a mobile device in every class, we recognise that it can help students organise their learning. The school’s WiFi supports students’ own personal devices, easily and securely. WiFi connection details and support are available to students when they join the school.
4) Mobile Phone Security
Mobile phones and tablets give students access to a range of really useful online services, especially in the Sixth Form. The school's WiFi is available to all students, filtered for appropriate school use. Access by standard 3G/4G contracts gives a student unrestricted access to web content that might be inappropriate, upsetting or disruptive in school. Parents might find it helpful to ask their phone providers about appropriate settings for their child's phone and contract. Phones brought to school should also be labelled in a way that helps us find the owner if it is lost.
5) Online services used by students
- The school’s Firefly learning platform gives students access to homework, learning resources and extension materials for all subjects, as well as a range of co-curricular, pastoral and general information. Access is available from any internet-connected device around the world. Full login details are provided to students when they join.
- A wide range of apps, software and systems are used by departments to help students develop their skills: MyMaths, Mathematica, TWIG Science and Solidbase (Technology) can all be used outside school.
6) Positive Online Profiles: navigating the internet
We encourage students to develop positive online profiles early. Their online representation can help to promote their skills and talents in chosen areas of study or co-curricular activities. Managed well, this can act as a reference as students apply to universities, Higher Education and the workplace.
To help students learn to manage online risks themselves and avoid potential abuse, we ask everyone to sign up to our Contract for Responsible Use of IT. In PSHE and Technology lessons, and during talks from visiting professionals, students look at a range of different risks including sexting, mobile phone security, cyberbullying, gaming, screen time and radicalisation. Evening events are offered to parents during the year to explore some of these risks in more detail.
There is a lot of really helpful information online for parents: see our useful links here.