We are re-opening the Chromebook ordering portal for two weeks for any parents who have not signed up and would like to.
We offered our Year 7 cohort across the secondary phase the opportunity to buy a Chromebook to use to support and further enable online and blended learning.
Parents will pay a monthly fee across three years that includes everything from the cost of the Chromebook, a case, full warranty and insurance over the three years (that also has no excess for theft and accidental damage) as well as a Google Management licence, so it will automatically connect to our school’s wifi.
We have had a number of parents ask if this will be open to other year groups. Due to COVID19, we do not know exactly how the future will look, but we have moved all of our learning onto the Google Suite this term and our plan is to continue using this as our main platform moving forward.
We are therefore making the same offer to the current Years 7 and 8 where you can buy a Chromebook over three years. This means that any current Year 8 parents will have a device with a full warranty and insurance in place until the end of Year 11, and current Year 7 would have this until the end of Year 10, at which point there will be the option to extend the insurance for another year. We cannot guarantee how much these devices would be used in lessons, but we would encourage students to bring them into school as an extension of their pencil case.
Our current Year 9 and 10 parents have also been considered. Because your child will only be in our secondary phase for one or two more years we have reduced the number of payments which proportionately increases the monthly cost. Students entering the Sixth Form will be offered an opportunity to extend their insurance in due course.
The first payment will be taken at the start of December, and the amount and number of payments has been adjusted to ensure the final payment is made in the beginning of August at the end of the three, two or one year term depending on the year your child is in.
There is also the option to pay for the device in one instalment.
Here is a link to a parents’ handbook which also contains a question and answer section: https://tinyurl.com/gfmChromebookHandbook
If you are interested, please click here to sign up for the scheme: https://tinyurl.com/GFM-chromebook Due to processing and placing the orders we anticipate the Chromebooks will arrive in late November. Please complete the ordering process by Tuesday 6 October.
Mr L Mulhall