Ensuring the very best teaching and learning is our daily purpose. Over the past few years the progress that most of our children make is truly remarkable. We attribute some of this to the quality of relationships between learner and teacher, our staff development programme and also our increased use of digital resources.
Existing families know and understand this journey; five years ago having been technology pioneers in using creative and innovative tools and resources. We have embedded digital technology into the teaching and learning at Simon Balle, and to aid this all of our students have an electronic tablet or laptop for use in all aspects of school life.
Our students from years 8 to 11 are equipped with iPads but from September 2019 each new intake of year 7’s will have their own Chromebook, which is built with education in mind in both hardware and software.
The Chromebooks offer seamless integration into the schools curriculum and IT infrastructure as well as providing safety by locking the devices into the schools existing security protocols
From 2020, all new students coming into the school are offered a VAT free Chromebook package which includes:
- An educational spec Chromebook (currently an Asus C214)
- A 1, 2 or 3 year accidental damage and theft insurance policy
- An extended 3 year warranty
- The option to pay upfront or spread the cost via monthly Direct Debit, interest free, over 1 to 3 years (dependent on year group)
Chromebooks also are an effective educational tool due to the following characteristics:.
- Less than 8 seconds to boot up
- Long battery life
- Simple technology
- Easy student-teacher workflow
- Large numbers of computers can be managed centrally
- Excellent collaboration tools
- Works seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and other cloud based applications which all of our students and teachers already use extensively.
- The capacity to turn from a laptop to a tablet – and for one model, the use of a stylus pen that can interact with G Suite.
To aid students during their GCSE journey, we will be opening up the Chromebook scheme and offer this fantastic opportunity to our current Key Stage 4 students (years 10 and 11) in November 2019. If you would like to purchase a Chromebook under this scheme, please follow the links below which will take you to our partners ‘Edde’ who handle the administration of the scheme. There will be two opportunities each academic year for Key Stage 4 students to buy a Chromebook, these will be in Autumn and Summer Terms.
If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium we are able to offer a further 50% discount on the Chromebook scheme. To determine whether or not this applies to you please apply for Free School Meals here.
Standard Scheme – Please click on the link and enter the shop code below:
Year 10 (£386.58) – Shop Code: Y10SB3-3
Year 11(£365.46) – Shop Code: Y11SB4-4
if your child has Free School Meals or receives Pupil Premium Funding, please click on the link below and enter the shop code below:
Year 10 (£193.30) – Shop Code: Y10SBP5-5
Year 11 (£182.74) – Shop Code: Y11SBP6-6
(*Update 14th Nov 2019 – we have added a 5 month Direct Debit payment option for year 11 devices)
The Year 10 and 11 schemes will differ slightly from the Year 7 scheme as the insurance period will be shorter (insurance is intended to cover a student’s time in Key Stages 3 and 4 only). This means the price will be slightly lower than the previous scheme. Year 10 parents have the option to pay for the device upfront or spread the cost over 12 months via Direct Debit. Year 11’s will only have an upfront payment option.
All devices will be managed by Simon Balle All-through School to ensure that the highest level of safeguarding is in place to protect our students. Once a student leaves the school, this device management tools can be removed (this must be done by our Educational Technology staff) to give students full control of their device.
If your Chromebook is damaged and in need of repair, please e-mail email@example.com with details of the claim. They will then advise you on what to do next.