The school currently uses Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher and Access). If you have an earlier version of Office you will need to download and install the Office Compatibility Pack or make use of the school’s Microsoft Student Advantage scheme.
The Student Advantage offer from Microsoft allows students to download and install up to five copies of the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications on their personal computers, tablets and mobile devices. Usernames and passwords will be issued to students along with instructions on how to access the Microsoft Office 365 download site. If you have not received or have lost your letter please contact the school.
Please note: Student Advantage software is licenced for the duration of student’s time at the school and will expire when they leave; at which point the software will cease to work and should be un-installed or licences obtained from elsewhere.
Parents should ensure that their computers are protected from viruses, especially whilst surfing the internet. We recommend either AVG Free Antivirus or Microsoft Security Essentials. You should also use either the Firefox Web Browser or Google Chrome and ensuring that your computer is fully updated via Windows Update. You should also regularly perform scans for Spyware using a program such as Ad-Aware.
However, nothing can protect you and your computer better than common sense. If a website looks suspicious, avoid it. If you are repeatedly asked to install software from a website, avoid it. If in doubt, use Google to find out more about a website. Try searching for the website name followed by the word “virus” or “spyware”.
The school’s ICT department is open before school from 8am, during break times and after school until 4:30pm. The ICT Technicians are also available during those hours to give advice to parents and students. The ICT technicians can be contact by ringing the school or visiting the ICT office.
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