To access all your work, you must always bring:
*Windows tablets are an acceptable alternative, if they can run all required software. Whilst it is possible for Apple Mac computers to run Windows BSK does not recommend their use. If students do bring an Apple Mac laptop to school it must have Microsoft Windows and the Windows version of Office 365 installed.
If your computer or charger are not working correctly, or if you do not yet have all the required software (as detailed below), you must arrange for a parent to write a note in your student planner. The note should explain the circumstances and provide an estimate of the date by which the problem will be solved.
Class tutors check every morning that students have brought a suitable computer and charger. If you have not brought a laptop and compatible charger to school, and if you have not brought a parental note (as above), your class tutor will log the offence and follow-up.
All students enrolled at BSK are eligible to download complimentary Microsoft Office for use on up to five devices. Students can obtain their complimentary MS Office by logging into their account at https://login.microsoftonline.com/. Students can obtain their login credentials from their VLE profile page.
Year 6-11 students must not use a laptop, tablet or any other type of computer anywhere on the school campus before morning line-up, during breaks (except in supervised break clubs) or after PM Tutor Time (except as part of a supervised activity).
All connections by Year 6-11 students to the internet must be through the school network. This rule is relaxed for Sixth Form students inside the Sixth Form Centre.
While on the campus, students may only use their computers for schoolwork. In particular, students may only access websites and download material as required by a teacher.
The use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) software by any Year 6-13 student is strictly forbidden, as is any other attempt to circumvent ISP-level or school-level protections.
Students must not share their password for any school-related account.
Teachers will not normally permit a visit to the Systems Helpdesk during lesson time.
These regulations are enforced by all teachers. Any infringement will be logged.
All Secondary students will be provided with access to Microsoft Office 365 and are expected to be able to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Any other software which teachers will require Year 6-9 students to download will either be freeware or provided by the school.
Students of IGCSE ICT and IGCSE Computer Science are required to have the current Office 365 version for Windows, including Microsoft Access. Please note that the Apple Macintosh versions of Microsoft Office are not appropriate as they do not include Microsoft Access.
Students of Fine Art and Photography at IGCSE, AS or A Level must have a working copy of Adobe Photoshop. Year 10-13 students of Graphic Design or Graphic Communication must have the full Adobe Creative Suite (CS3 or higher) including InDesign and Illustrator as well as Photoshop. The school may be able to help by providing a cost-effective subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud; please ask for details.
In the event that a teacher notices that a student does not have the required software, the teacher will inform the class tutor, who will log the offence and follow-up.
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