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What is a student 1:1 device program?

Your daughter is supplied with a device which is owned and managed by the school. The device is controlled by the School and is locked down so that it can only be used for academic purposes. It can be used at school and at home.

Who owns the device?

The ownership of the device will sit with the School. It will not be possible to buy the device outright at any stage.

What will happen to the device at the end of the lease?

The device will be returned to the leasing company. This means that we can ensure that students continue to use up to date devices throughout their time at Godolphin.

Who pays for the device?

As Michael Nicholson explained in his letter to parents (30 November 2020), the School is still researching the fairest way of funding the devices and we will communicate our conclusions to you as soon as we can.

Why can’t my daughter use a device that she already owns?

For the School to have full control of both the device and the software installed on the device, it must be owned by the School. This means that the School has complete control over which apps are installed on the device. Our filtering software will continue to restrict content to that which we consider suitable. This will prevent your daughter from using messaging or social media platforms on the device or accessing inappropriate content.

Can my daughter access inappropriate content on the device?

No. The device will be controlled by the School, which will include complete control over which apps installed on the device. Our filtering software will continue to restrict inappropriate content.

What happens if the device is lost, damaged or stolen?

It is most likely that the devices will be covered for accidental damage and theft and we will have a procedure in place for a replacement device to be provided. An excess will be chargeable for each claim. We will communicate more details to you as soon as we can.

Will my daughter be able to charge the device at School?

We provide every First to Fifth year student with access to a charging locker in the boarding house, including all Sarums. The device has been chosen as one with a good battery life, so overnight charging is expected to be sufficient. However it will be possible to charge the device at break or lunchtime if needed.

Can the device be used at home?

Yes. The device can be used at home for academic use only and our filtering software will remain active.

Can the device be used for personal use?

No. The device is supplied for academic use only. This means that distracting notifications and personal content are completely separated from academic work.

Why are Fifth Year and Sixth Form students excluded from this scheme?

Fifth Year students are excluded in 2021-22 as we do not wish to cause any disruption to their studies in the middle of an exam course.

In the Sixth Form we wish to continue to give students the freedom to choose their own device. A device purchased for use in the sixth form is likely to continue to be used when your daughter leaves School. This gives her the opportunity to make her own choice and to be familiar with this device when she leaves Godolphin, so that she is not grappling with new technology when she starts university or other studies.

Sixth Form students all have access to charging facilities in their studies or dorms.

Which year groups will be included in the 1:1 device scheme?

All students in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year in September 2021 will be included in the scheme. Next year's Fifth Year (the current Fourth Year) are excluded as we do not wish to cause any disruption in the middle of an exam course. Sixth formers are free to choose their own device.

In September 2022, the new First Year will join the scheme and at this point all students in the First to Fifth Year will be included in the 1:1 scheme.

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