iPad information for Parents
On this page, you can find information for parents & guardians about our 1:1 iPad programme, including letters and our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
By reducing traditional ICT spending the Academy has been able to provide all students in Year 9 - Year 13 with their own iPad to use , for just £1.63 per school week (£65 per year). Students that receive Free School Meals will not need to pay, as we will fund this amount from Pupil premium money for them. The Y9 payment is already set up on Wisepay as one sum or two instalments. Students will be given the option to buy the device outright at the end of Y11 or Y13 for residual market value (this will depend upon the age and model of the device, but is usually around £70-£80 after 3 years, which is a lot less than the high street price of almost £400).
Students will be provided with a 32GB Education iPad, a case, a stylus, various apps and we will create a managed Apple ID with 200GB of free iCloud storage. All internet access is filtered in and out of the academy. Students that have good behaviour and committent will be provided with access to additional apps in the self-service apps store.
Students do find the iPad incredibly useful and we are continuing to develop our digital resources for them to access and use.
The Academy will allow student to use the device for their time at The Academy and provides a case and covers accidental damage and theft (however, if a student repeatedly breaks the glass or damages it through deliberate neglect, then they make be asked to pay for the cost of repairs).
Students may be able to obtain a replacement lead if it stops working within the first 12 months - see Mr Hughes. However, we will not keep provide replacement leads for students that do not look after them adequately.
Both within the Academy and at home, student are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy that forms part of the agreement.
Within the Academy and offsite, web access is monitored and filtered. However, we do expect students to also develop responsible online habits outside of school.
We use a Mobile Device Management system (Lightspeed) to manage each device and install suitable age-related restrictions. Where a student violates the AUP, we will change the user profile to restrict access to certain functions (such as the App store, camera, etc).
If parents/guardians would like additional restrictions applying to their son/daughter's iPad, then please contact the relevant Head of Year/Support & Guidance team and we can facilitate this quite easily.