Dear year 7 parents
We are very excited to welcome you and your son or daughter to Haydon School. We are also very excited that your son or daughter’s year will use a Chromebook as an integral part of their learning at Haydon.
I am delighted to advise you that the Chromebook portal will open for you to lease a Chromebook for your son or daughter towards the end of June, which will be ready for them when they come to the school in September.
Please note that the portal will close on July 10th. You must sign up for your Chromebook by this date.
Why do we use Chromebooks at Haydon?
Our experiences over the last year has shown us that students are highly motivated by the use of Chromebooks to learn and develop new skills and knowledge. They enable students to take part in active learning and develop independence. The vast majority of our students still write in their books, but are able to use their Chromebooks for web-based tools, research, co-operative learning, quizzes, interactive tests, accessing resources through Google Classroom, accessing online dictionaries etc.
Why Chromebooks and not iPads, Microsoft Surface or some other device?
As a Google school we have an education licence and both students and staff are confident with the Google tools and environment. Chromebooks are not multimedia entertainment centres, but excellent web-enabled tools ideally suited for an education environment. They are much cheaper than other devices, have good batteries and are very light and portable. We do not want to create a two-tier system where some students feel they are using an inferior device.
Have you negotiated a good deal for parents?
We strongly believe we have. Haydon school makes no money from this scheme. Working with our partner Freedom Tech, we have sourced an affordable, sturdy, portable, 11.6 inch Chromebook with touch screen and stylus pen - Lenovo 300E.
The Chromebook is supplied with:
- A ruggedised body resistant to bumps and scrapes (ideally suited to schools)
- A Sleeve Case (around £10)
- A Google Chrome Management Licence (around £35)
Also included, regardless of term selected, is:
- 36 month extended warranty
- 36 month Advanced Repair Service
As a school, Freedom Tech provides us with spare Chromebooks, to supply to students whose Chromebook stops functioning or screens are broken, so they do not lose any learning time. Repairs are carried out free of charge.
The fact that we can offer our parents this comprehensive package from £13.55 per month (3 year term) is something we are very proud of. There are no credit checks for signing up for a Chromebook. You will own the Chromebook at the end of the payment term you have selected.
Will my child need to have a chromebook in September?
Yes. All year 7 students will be expected to have a Chromebook. This will be required for many tasks across a range of subjects.
What if I already have a suitable Chromebook for my child?
Please notify us as soon as possible. You will need to pay for the Google Licence (around £35) and the school will have to set up the Chromebook to work in the school and use our web filtering. These devices will obviously not be covered by our repair and warranty deal. The school can offer no technical support for any home purchased Chromebook. Experience has shown us that devices larger than 11.6 inch will be difficult to carry around the school.
What if I can't afford to lease a Chromebook?
The school has limited funds to support families on free school meals or under the category of pupil premium. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need support from the school in leasing a Chromebook.
Who do I contact regarding the Chromebook programme?
You can address your message to Mr. McTiernan at email@example.com
Can I Lease a Chromebook if my child is in a different year group in the school?
Sorry, not in this portal. We have a limited number of Chromebooks protected for Haydon students starting in year 7 this September. Students in years 7,8 10, 12, 13 will all have Chromebooks in September 2023. All Haydon students will have Chromebooks by September 2024.