Tablet Scheme

 Chesterton Tablet Scheme

The scheme in 17-18

Year 7

In Year 7, the school looks to provide all students with an iPad with restrictions on that enable students to develop their understanding of how to use iPads effectively in the classroom.

We know that effective use of the iPad can effectively support learning where: students are adept at using them for learning; they are used to bridge the gap between the teacher / textbook and the writing; support resources are accessible and where students feel the device is their own.

More information is available on the links on this page, and towards he bottom of the page you will find the support we offer to parents.

Students will focus on using a set range of apps pre defined by the school, so in year 7 students don’t have the ability to install their own apps and do not need a Apple ID.
Please see the list of apps for year 7 below.

Lexia Strategies
Dc Circuit Builder
Hudl Technique
QR Reader
Popplet lite
adobe Spark Page
Thinking Kit
Book Creator
Puppetpals HD
Adobe spark Video
Study Blue
Post-it plus
Explain Everything
Adobe Acrobat

Year 8- 11

Option A

You can provide your own iPad-family tablet for your child to use at school (Option A). We do insist that these devices are supervised by the school.

This involves adding a secure profile which enables us to push out resources and to ensure eSafety (making sure your child is safe) is as robust as can be.

If you opt to provide your own device you will, naturally, be responsible for maintaining and repairing this device if necessary (you may wish to look at the cost of four year Apple Care and Insurance while making your decision). There is an expectation that each child brings their iPad to school each day, in good condition, and fully charged.

Heading into Year 8, and looking for a device to support learning effectively for four years, we recommend either the new ‘iPad’ or the iPad mini 4, the iPad being the cheaper.

Option B

You can make charitable donations to a school fund that will provide a tablet for each student that does not have one of their own, including your child. The advantage of this route is that in most cases the school can claim Gift Aid, which increases the value of your donations by 25%.

o You are making charitable donations to a school fund; you are not buying a tablet. Some parents may want to give more than the “per-child” cost; others might only be able to afford less.

o Your child will have a tablet for their own personal use throughout Years 8 -11, but it will actually belong to the school.

o There is an expectation that each child brings their iPad to school each day, in good condition, and fully charged. By participating in the school fund, the school will provide an iPad for your child and will take responsibility for the maintenance and repair of this device (except where vandalism is concerned) and this is included in the suggested donation values.

o At the end of the four years we anticipate having a stock of 4-year-old tablets that you may be able to buy, most probably for a nominal sum of £20 or so.

o You can choose whether to make your donations as a one-off lump sum (Option B1), or by monthly payments (Option B2).

Option C

Students who receive Free School Meals and whose parents/carers select Option C will have their tablet bought by the school, using the Government Pupil Premium money (this is a sum of money additional to the school budget that we receive for any student on Free School Meals).

However, parents/carers of students on Free School Meals are welcome to select an alternative option should they wish to contribute.

We know that some parents are on low incomes, even though their child is not entitled to Free School Meals. If there is a genuine hardship issue and you are concerned about your ability to pay the full amount, please e-mail Martin Russell in confidence on Alternatively, you can write to Martin Russell, Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY.

Helpfull Documents

iPad getting started guide

Tablet learning Evaluation


Internet Filtering

At Chesterton we use a filtering service provided by the “Cambridgeshire County Council ICT Service”.

This provides internet filtering at home and at school, this allows you to have peace of mind that that your children are always safe on the web. Unfortunately the way the filtering works means that sometimes perfectly safe websites or images get blocked. If you find a website that you think should be unblocked please contact, unfortunately we do not have the ability to unblock images.

We also provide to option to elevate the filtering after school so your child can access some popular social media websites. If you would like this you, the parent would need to email

All iPads that are purchased with the school come with this filtering service as standard and can not be removed for the safety of your child.

If you have not purchased a device through Chesterton, they will be filtered at school but not at home. If you would like our filtering service put on the device so they are filtered at home please contact



Insurance, Warranty and Theft Claims

The first step would be to send the Student to the IT office in their lunch break, we can evaluate if it’s warranty, insurance or theft claim. Please make sure that when any damage occurs it is reported to IT in a timely manner as we cannot process claims older than a week.

If a student has lost their iPad or believes it to be stolen they need to contact IT straight away, the sooner we know the easier it is to find it. Please make sure that the student has also checked with their teachers and in the classrooms that they had been in the day of losing the device.

The student will have to fill out a form so we can send it off to the insurance company.

Things to remember:

Parent Support

We understand that on some occasions we are: asking for a device to be placed in the home where they might not have been one before; asking students to use technology that parents may be unfamiliar with; or needing to provide support to ensure the scheme is successful for your child.

As such, we offer a wide ranging and age appropriate pastoral and academic curriculum for students on safe and effective use, but we also offer parents tiered support as set out below. If you would like support from the school in managing the iPad use, we can offer:


If you have any queries about the above please email or

If you have any Learning or Behavioral queries to do with the tablet scheme please contact or

If you have any financial queries or want to change options please contact