I am writing to follow up my letter of 25th February regarding your son’s Chromebook. Your son will receive his Chromebook today and we will begin to make use of them in school from Monday 22nd March. Your son must bring his Chromebook each day and ensure that it is fully charged. We have already received parental contributions from a significant number of families but understandably some have waited until they have received their device first. Now these devices are being distributed I would ask all parents who are able to to log in and arrange payment. The details are outlined below and the first payment is due to be taken on 1st April 2021.
We cannot require contributions and pupils of parents who are unwilling or unable to contribute will still keep their Chromebooks for the duration of the year. In our parental survey more than 90% of parents indicated a willingness to contribute. This indicator has led to us making a significant investment in school infrastructure and also enabled us to support the Chromebooks themselves. Those year groups who already have them are finding them of great value.
Whilst we cannot compel contributions from parents, a little like school trips, if we do not have enough contributions then we may be unable to continue this scheme in the future. This would have a direct impact on the education of your sons.
We are requesting a contribution of £18 per quarter. We are asking for payment quarterly rather than monthly because this reduces the transaction costs that the school has to pay so more of your contribution actually comes to the school.
Payment is via WisePay. Please log onto your account and click on the ‘School Laptop Programme’ – Laptop image. This will take you to the page where you are able to make your initial contribution, future contributions can be taken automatically by ticking the recurrent payment ‘box’, please be assured payments will only be debited in line with the installment plan. The first contribution is due on 1st April 2021. We are not expecting parents in receipt of the pupil premium to contribute.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any concerns over the content of this letter or the approach we are taking.
Mr E Hodges