Recent investment in the school's information technology infrastructure has provided Saint Bede's with a state of the art network incorporating virtualised servers running in Hyper-V and a cloud based wireless system. Pupils are able to work freely in a secure, filtered environment allowing them safe and easy access to the internet.
Facilities and Resources
The school has four computer suites, all running Microsoft Windows 10. Three of the suites are equipped with Windows-based devices and one with Apple iMacs. Each device has access to a range of curriculum focused software programmes and websites subscriptions. All classrooms have either an interactive television or interactive whiteboard, allowing pupils to participate in whole-class teaching and learning through the use of ICT.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
The school encourages pupils to bring their own device into school to support their learning. Pupils readily adapt to using their device in class and find getting online in school really easy. Every pupil is supplied with a small laptop locker to keep their device safe when it is not in use. (Lockers currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions).
In partnership with Stone Computers, Saint Bede’s also provides access to a purchase scheme for parents. The scheme enables parents to purchase a personal device of their choice for their child over a one, two or three year period. Each device purchased through the scheme is covered for theft or damage for three years.
Every member of our school is provided with an Office 365 account. In addition to providing an email account, Office 365 provides us with a collaborative environment where staff and pupils can create, store, and share Microsoft documents online.
The benefits of Office 365 are:
Cloud based services provide secure anywhere access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars on nearly any device, including PC, Mac, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry.
Provides and works with the programs pupils know and use regularly – Microsoft Outlook®, Word, Excel®, PowerPoint® and OneNote®.
Provides each pupils with a large 50GB mailbox.
1TB free online storage using OneDrive, for each pupil.
Pupil access to Office Web Apps for viewing, sharing and light editing of documents.
Includes industry-leading and most-up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam solution built in.
Firefly is the school's chosen online platform that brings together teachers, students and parents. It allows teachers to set work, track progress, share resources and engage parents.
Firefly makes it easy for students to access all the resources you need to stay organised with your school work and homework, in one place. It allows you to:
Stay organised and submit work, from any device
Access learning resources from anywhere
Collaborate with teachers and peers
Parental access and overview via the 'Firefly Parent Portal'.
A group of interested pupils get involved in the technical side of running the school and help support staff. Pupil technicians aid staff and visitors during presentations and assemblies and, in addition, help out with sound, lighting and effects during school productions.