John Hampden Grammar School

Sixth Form FAQs

Why BYOD?

We recognise the importance of technology in today’s society and believe it enhances learning opportunities.  With the older students at school soon to explore options beyond JHGS, we want them to have the choice between a Chromebook, an iPad or any device they think is more appropriate to their needs.

Do I have to purchase a device?

We do want all students to have access to a device in school.  You may choose to purchase a Chromebook through school or you may have a device at home already that you can bring in to school.  

Can I bring in a tablet?

An onscreen keyboard may not be an appropriate keyboard for the amount of typing you may have to do with school work.  However, if you have an add-on keyboard for your tablet this would be useful.

Is the wifi capable of working for everyone?

The WiFi has supported the use of iPads across four year groups previously and allowed for Sixth Form students to connect their own devices. Adding Chromebooks to Year 9 is not expected to compromise this situation. However, looking ahead to the expansion of the programme and the school, we will be upgrading the wireless network during October 2019.

What about our exams that have to be handwritten?

We are not expecting you to be using your devices 24/7.  We are very aware that there needs to be a balance for a number of reasons, like the fact you will hand write your exams at the end of the year.

Will we still have textbooks?

This will vary from subject to subject.  Some subjects already us electronic textbooks.  Some subjects may keep textbooks in the classroom and leave the electronic version for you to use at home.  Some subjects may keep paper copies of textbooks, especially if they have them already.