Networked personal computers are available in the main Computer Room and in academic departments. The computer network is extensive and the school is developing the use of remote technologies too. Importantly, our philosophy is to view technology as a tool that enhances and complements learning. Technology will never replace excellent pedagogy but appropriate, skilled and ethical uses of technology form an essential role in preparing children for their futures.
Regular communications between home and school are encouraged and our boarders have access to computers and their mobile telephones for a fixed time in the evening. The school has good wireless internet access and importantly, children are always supervised when using the technology and control of use of phones is well in hand.
E-mail and access to the internet are essentially intended for curriculum use and to support good communications with families. Many of our families are global citizens and technology is invaluable to us but importantly technology has the ability to make learning interactive and stimulating. Web access is enabled during lesson time, and at other times when teachers request the facility. E-mail access is available at all times and provides pupils and parents with another good means of communication.
All students are taught basic computer skills, including word processing, how to use spreadsheets and touch-typing. IT is also a valuable aid to assist with learning support and all children will undertake a touch-typing course before leaving the prep.