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The Newbrige School aims to encourage every student to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance in order to take full advantage of the learning experiences available to them. We recognise the very strong link that exists between a student’s level of attendance and their achievement.
The Newbrige School is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all students, regardless of financial circumstances, and has established the following policy and procedures to ensure that no child is discriminated activities and educational extras.
At The Newbridge School we aim to create good relationships with parents/carers, neighbours and our community. We are always striving to improve and welcome comments and suggestions that help us to do so.
Parents and other members of our community often compliment us, but at other times may want to bring to our attention a concern about a specific matter. We will try to deal with a concern or complaint as quickly as possible, but ask you to be mindful of the fact that most of our teachers are in class all day. Making contact with the right person first should help.
The Newbridge School is an inclusive school, where we focus on the well-being and progress of every child and where all members of our community are of equal worth.
We believe that the Equality Act provides a framework to support our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between people. It also ensures that we continue to tackle issues of disadvantage and underachievement of different groups.
We recognise that these duties reflect international human rights standards as expressed in the un Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
At Newbridge we take a whole school approach to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and development. This reflects the needs of the students and the ethos of the school.
We aim to raise the aspirations of and expectations for all pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)
Use of iPads in School
To use an an iPad in school we must have a signed copy of our Acceptable Use Policy, for devices bought through the school this is issued when the iPad is collected.
In lessons, iPads must be used under the direction of the teacher. Personal iPads need to be authorised for use and labelled with name and tutor group. The teacher will tell the students when to get iPads out ready for use.
All computers in school and mobile devices used between school and home must be used appropriately. The school reserves the right to confiscate devices and restrict access to the internet and Apps if rules are broken. School systems and storage will be treated like school lockers. Staff may review files and communications to ensure that users are using acting responsibly.
Users should not expect that stored files will always be private. Photo libraries may be viewed, for example.
The school reserves the right to confiscate or search any device if part of an investigation or safeguarding matter.
During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear responsibility for such guidance, just as they do over other information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.
iPads should not be used in the following areas:
- PE changing rooms
- The diner
- The Hall when food and drink is being consumed
- The toilets
- In corridors
- When they are moving from place to place
- Outside unless directed to by a Teacher
Students should treat the iPad with care. Devices should be kept in their bag when not in use. The school will confiscate devices which are not being looked after properly.
Inappropriate use may include but not limited to:
- Sending, ‘air dropping’ or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
- Using obscene language.
- Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
- Damaging devices, systems or the computer network.
- Violating copyright laws.
- Using others’ passwords.
- Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files.
- Intentionally wasting time.
- Inappropriate use of camera to take pictures or video, for example taking photos of Staff or other Students without permission.
- Photos taken in school should not be posted on social media without permission from the school.
- Devices should not be removed from the protective case
- Wasting time in school using the iOS device for non-learning activities, including playing games in lessons.
The school or/and the teacher will deem if the iPad is being used inappropriately or off task.
What is a restricted iPad?
Restricted iPads are reset to school apps only – this means any apps the student has put on will be deleted irrespective game progress or achievements.
iPads restricted indefinitely will only be unlocked when sufficient reward points have been achieved.
Confiscated devices will not necessarily be returned on the same day.
Additional Timed Restrictions – In some cases we restrict the time a student is allowed to use the iPad to and from.
Access to the AppStore
Students have the opportunity to earn the AppStore by staying in Gold for 3 consecutive blocks. However if the students uses this inappropriately, we may remove access.
Parents must agree that their child can have access to the AppStore; please be aware allowing your child access to the AppStore may expose the child to apps that are not age appropriate. We ask parents to ensure apps being downloaded are age appropriate.
At the end of a rewards block, if your child has earnt the AppStore, we will issue them with a permission slip that needs to be returned to the IT department.
We endeavour to block inappropriate apps, however if you find your child using an app that is not age appropriate, let us know and we will block it.
Staying Safe Online
Student iPads are filtered at home using our school web-filtering; However we still ask parents to be vigilant about the students use of the iPad at home.
If you have any concerns or would like to report an app you think is inappropriate, please email iPads@newbridgesch.uk
For more tips and advice on E-Safety please see our staying safe online section.
With the introduction of IOS 12, we are able to use “Screen Time” which limits the amount of time students can use the iPad, if you would like to know more about this or would like your child’s usage limiting contact iPads@newbridgesch.uk
What to do if you have a problem?
If you have a problem with the iPad, the student can pop to the IT office or can let us know by emailing ITsupport@newbridgesch.uk
if it has been lost or damaged you must let the Technicians know. If the iPad has been damaged you must fill in this form.
If you suspect the iPad has been stolen you must contact your local police to get a crime reference number. DO NOT CALL 999
There is an issue with the iPad power adapter and / or lightening cable
Power adapters and their cables are covered under Apples limited warranty for the first twelve months, as long as there is no damage other than wear and tear.
You will need to contact Apple and they will repair or exchange the equipment at no cost. For more information, please click here.
Please note: Power Adapters and Lightening Cables are not covered under the insurance provided by Newbridge.
If you need help or further information please contact: iPads@newbridgesch.uk