We believe learning is at its best when it is immersive and fun. Technology plays a pivotal role in helping students reach their potential through contemporary ways to learn that complement traditional teaching. We encourage the use of iPads in school to enhance learning and provide students with access to the internet and online resources.
Use of Mobile Technology
The use of iPads is restricted to within the classroom, during lessons under the guidance and with the express permission of the teacher. At the beginning of every lesson, students with iPads will place them face down on the desk to use as a learning resource as directed by the teacher. To help students concentrate fully on learning and to avoid unnecessary distractions, only apps approved by the school are available during school hours (this does not affect the use of students’ iPads outside of school hours).
Mobile phones and smart devices
Mobile phones and smart devices should not be seen or heard on the school site.
Headphones are allowed during lessons when connected to an iPad/PC for a specific learning purpose as directed by the teacher.
Sixth Form students may use mobiles/smart devices/headphones during lessons with permission from the teacher, and during independent study periods.
If a member of staff identifies a student who is not complying with our use of mobile technology, the device will be confiscated and passed to Reception for collection by the parent/carer after 3.15pm on the day of confiscation.
We aim to make technology-enhanced learning available to all students through our iPad Scheme whereby students are supplied with their own iPad, protective case, and two-year insurance policy, for a monthly contribution. iPads supplied through our iPad Scheme are already configured with the school settings and apps. If students have an iPad of their own, we will help them prepare it for school use.
Technical faults, breakages, and insurance claims
2019 and 2020 Scheme iPads: If your child’s iPad has been damaged or developed a fault, it must be reported within 14 days of the incident (as per the insurance policy.) You will be expected to provide valid justification if claiming beyond the 14 days.
If your iPad is no longer covered by the manufacturers’ warranty or an insurance policy, we recommend contacting your local authorised Apple repairers for a quote.
Tel: 0121 314 3407
If you need any other help, please contact our IT Services Team:
Tel: 01242 235555 (option 4)
Personal iPad Setup
Creating an Apple ID – children under 13 cannot create an Apple ID on their own but parents/carers can provide verified parental consent and create it on their behalf.
Apps – Here are the apps you will need to download for your lessons:
Mail – to add your school email to the Mail app:
- Add an Exchange account
- Enter your school email address and password (your email address is your username followed by @bournside.gloucs.sch.uk)
- You may be asked for the server address which is: outlook.office365.com and your username which is your email address. The remaining fields can be left blank.
Internet access at school
To access the internet in school using your personal device, you need to complete the following steps:
Part 1 - to be completed in school or at home
- Tap here to download the certificate to your iPad. You will be prompted to Allow the link to do this, so tap Allow.
- Go to Settings > General > Profile & Device Management. You’ll see an entry under Downloaded Profile called RM Education Certificate – tap on it.
- This will show the certificate information. Tap on Install (you may need to confirm your iOS passcode) and then tap Install again.
- Go to Settings > General > About and tap on Certificate Trust Settings at the bottom of the list.
- You’ll see an entry for RM Education Certificate – turn it on by tapping on the button to the right of it.
Part 2 - to be completed when in school
- Go to Settings > WiFi and tap on the little Info icon next to Bournside_Student_WiFi. The WiFi password is available from any member of staff or IT Services.
- Swipe to the bottom of the details list and tap on Configure Proxy
- Choose Manual, then underneath enter these details:
- Server: proxy.bournside.school
- Port: 8080
- Turn on authentication and enter your school username and password.
Keeping Your Child Safe Online
We take our responsibility for safeguarding students from harmful and inappropriate online material very seriously. This includes material accessed through devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones, as well as on social media and online games whilst in school.
Our filtering system prevents students from accessing various websites and apps through our school network including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, iMessage/FaceTime and several online game providers. If your child has an iPad supplied through our iPad Scheme, you will have an app that allows you to control their iPad and access to apps.
Whilst regulation and technical solutions are very important, these should be balanced by educating students to take a responsible approach. E-safety is therefore an essential part of our curriculum as we recognise that young people need our support in identifying and avoiding online risks.
Our E-Safety Curriculum
- Year 7: a 10-week project on cyber-bullying
- Year 8: PSHE lessons on e-safety
- Year 9: a 10-week project on protecting digital identity and footprint
- Year 10: PSHE lessons on e-safety
- All year groups: key e-safety messages are reinforced in assemblies and students are taught to be critically aware of the materials/content they access online and to validate the accuracy of information.