Together we are ‘Making it happen’ at Meadowdale Academy this year and are able to provide pupils with many exciting opportunities. We want to continue to be at the forefront of education and provide our students with the very best education. I would like to apologise for the cancelling of the parents evening, but due to government guidelines, it was not possible to have that many visitors in school. I have produced a video of the slides that would have been used on the evening and hopefully any questions you have will be answered. I have included a list of frequently asked questions, and would like to inform you of the process which is now taking place.
The scheme is now open, the iPad portal which will allow you to create an account and order an iPad is now available through the following links or on our school website:
Please select the code for your class your child will be in from September 2021.
Portal Code = Meadowdale2021Y4
Portal Code = Meadowdale2021Y5
Portal Code = Meadowdale2021Y6
The portal is a website where you can view the different iPads which will be available through the scheme. All of the iPads are the latest models of iPads currently available from Apple. The portal will allow you to see the costs of each of the iPad devices including a very robust case and insurance for the device which will protect the iPad over 33 months whilst your son/daughter attends Meadowdale. The iPads will all be available in 2 purchase options; either a one off cost of the device, insurance and case or to purchase the device over a 33 month period (33 equal payments including admin charges incurred by the school). To use the Portal, create an account using a valid email address – a confirmation email will be sent to this address.
The portal is now live and will remain open until Tuesday 6th July 2021. Once the portal is closed sadly we are unable to accept further orders for this academic year. At this point Meadowdale Academy will assess if there is enough interest in the scheme to be able to run in the year group. If there is not enough interest the scheme will not be run. At this point any orders made on the system will be cancelled – no monies will be taken. If the scheme is viable the orders will be placed. Monies will not be taken for any of the iPads until they have been issued to the students – payments expected for approximately September 2021.
Students who currently have their own iPad will be given the choice to use their current iPads in school, this does however have drawbacks. Any iPad that you may wish to use in school would need to have specialist software installed on the device to manage the use of the iPad in school, this will require the
iPad to be erased back to its original factory settings and would lose any content currently saved onto the device. The iPad will also not be covered by the same insurance scheme, and would therefore be at risk of theft or damage at an expense to the parents/ guardians and not Meadowdale Academy. Only iPads purchased in the last 2 years can be enrolled into the scheme to ensure Apps used by the school are supported.
I would again like to highlight some of the endless benefits the scheme will bring to the students of Meadowdale Academy:
- Personalised Learning
- Extending the Learning day
- Greater Parent, Pupil and Teacher communication
- Quicker evaluation and feedback of students work
- Student collaboration
- Preparing the students for a digital future
- Creativity in all subjects
- Security – All iPads will use the schools web filtering tools even when used at home
- Apps – all Apps used in school made available for free to students
Will the iPads replace the use of Pen and Pencil in school?
No, the iPads will be used in and out of school to enrich the students learning and not be used to replace writing and drawing skills that are also needed.
I am not able to afford the purchase of an iPad through the scheme
Meadowdale Academy has tried to ensure the scheme is as cheap as possible and will continue to look at other possible solutions to ensure the benefits of the scheme are open to all. If the scheme runs, those who do not purchase an iPad will get one to use in school during their time at Meadowdale.
Will the iPads be used in all lessons?
Meadowdale Academy will continue to invest in staff training to ensure the iPads are used in school. IPads will only be used in lessons where there is a clear benefit to using the device. Meadowdale Academy is committed to providing our students with the best possible opportunities. The iPads can be used in a variety of ways from simple research to more creative uses such as creating their own videos and music on the device.
What happens if my iPad is broken?
Any accidental damage, theft or faults are covered through the warranty and insurance. If a problem occurs the device is returned to school and collected by Jigsaw24, the company Meadowdale Academy is working with to run the scheme. The iPad will be repaired or replaced, throughout this time an iPad will be loaned to
the student for use during the school day. The first claim has no excess, any claim after that will have an excess fee of £50.
For any questions you may have please do not hesitate to contact myself on the email: email@example.com