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This policy applies to all members of the school community:

  • Staff
  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Carers
  • Governors
  • Volunteers
  • External Agencies

And anyone who has access to and are users of Rosewood School ICT systems, both in and out of the school.


The Education and Inspections Act 2006 authorises to such extent as is reasonable, to regulate the behaviour pupils when they are off the school site and allows members of staff to impose sanctions for inappropriate behaviour.

This is relevant to incidents that have taken place with the use of ICT covered by this policy, which may take place outside of the school, but are linked to members of the school.


The 2011 Education Act increased these powers with regard to the searching for and of electronic devices and the deletion of data. In the case of both acts, action will be taken as specified in our Behaviour Policy.

Rosewood is an urban special school for boys of secondary age who have emotional and behavioural difficulties.  Pupils are drawn from all over the borough and reflect a wide social mix and very varied family backgrounds. This policy sets out the school's aims, principles and strategies for the delivery of Information and Communication Technology with particular reference to those pupils deemed to be ESBD.


What is covered by the term ICT?


We interpret the term ICT to include the use of any equipment which allows users to communicate or manipulate information, in its broadest sense, electronically. This includes use of;

  • Computers
  • Programmable toys
  • Sensors
  • Electronic musical instruments
  • Audio and video recorders
  • Telephone and fax
  • Digital cameras and scanners
  • The Internet etc


What are our aims?


The overall aim for ICT is to enrich learning for all pupils and to ensure that teachers develop confidence and competence to use ICT in the effective teaching of their subject. ICT provides a non- threatening, non- judgemental tool for pupils deemed ESBD and can enable pupils to successfully access those curriculum areas where they may have previously experienced failure thus raising both self-esteem and academic attainment. In particular we would hope that our pupils will become confident and effective users of ICT by;

  • Developing their ICT capability in a variety of subject contexts
  • Understanding the importance of information and how to select and prepare it
  • Developing skills using hardware and software enabling them to most effectively manipulate information
  • Enabling pupils to apply ICT capability and ICT to support their use of language and communication 
  • Helping all pupils to consider the benefits of ICT and its impact on society
  • Ensuring all pupils use ICT with purpose and enjoyment
  • Helping all pupils develop the necessary skills to become independent users of ICT confidently able to exploit ICT resources and tools
  • Making sure that all pupils reach the highest possible levels of achievement.
  • Teaching pupils good Health and Safety attitudes and practice including an awareness of internet safety and the ability to select and use websites safely and with care, alongside an awareness of the Data Protection Act and the dangers of plagiarism.


Curriculum Organisation


Rosewood School takes in a wide variety of pupils many of whom join the school late having been excluded from other schools both within the borough and from other local authorities. This therefore poses a significant problem in establishing a starting point when pupils enter school. In Year 7 a short task assessment is used to determine aptitude since pupils will have very varied previous experiences. However for those pupils entering school later, many having been out of school for long periods of time, individual assessments are administered by experienced ICT practitioners in order to get pupils back on course for accreditation as soon as possible

In ICT a wide range of accreditation is on offer.


Key Stage 3

All students at Rosewood study Computing at KS3.


Year 7 Computing

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • Baseline Test
  • Hardware and Software Multimedia Presentation
  • Spreadsheets: Mobile Phone Shop
  • Databases: Murder Most Horrid
  • Scratch
  • Website Creation
  • Programming: Introduction to Swift Coding


Year 8 Computing

  • E-Safety
  • Desktop Publishing: Networking
  • Spreadsheets: Awesome Adventures
  • Databases: Playlists
  • Flash including Action Script
  • HTML and JavaScript
  • Programming in Swift the next steps


For further information on the national curriculum for computing at KS3, please follow the link below:


Year 9, 10 and 11 ECDL (European Computer Driving License)


At Rosewood all students in year 9, 10 and 11 study the level 2 ECDL. Students complete the following units:

  • Unit 1: Word Processing Software
    Develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge
  • Unit 2: Presentation Software
    Shows the learner how to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects


  • Unit 3: Spreadsheet Software
    This helps the learner develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.


For further information on ECDL, please follow the link below:


Year 9 also complete Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 in creative i-media.


For further information on Creative i-media, please follow the link below:


Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 (OCR Cambridge National GCSE Level 2)

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.

For further information on OCR Cambridge National GCSE Level 2, please follow the link below:

Courses are chosen to meet individual needs with an emphasis on the ability of the course work to motivate young people who are at danger of disengagement. 


Access and Inclusion


Rosewood is a Special school with all pupils carrying a statement of Special Educational Need, because of this classes are small and the school's pupil to computer ratio is less than 2:1. This is an important factor since many pupils are from disadvantaged families where there may be little opportunity to access ICT facilities at home. This could present as a very limiting feature in the production of coursework at GCSE, however because of the facilities available within school and an established lunch time computer club to enhance ICT skills, the opportunities to gain accreditation are on a par with local secondary schools. The clubs are open daily to pupils needing this facility.

The school will also seek to provide anywhere, anytime access to learning through the Dudley Portal.

The school has a highly skilled team of teaching assistants who provide individual support for students and resources are targeted to meet the specific needs of pupils as they are identified. 


The school has 2 computer network rooms which are timetabled for classes throughout the week and every classroom has between 1 & 3 computers which are also linked to the network.

In addition there is a bank of laptops which link to the computer network by wireless technology,

All pupils shall have the opportunity to develop ICT capability. The school will promote equal opportunities for computer usage and fairness of distribution of ICT resources. Homework is given as learning and revision guides and are there to encourage students to study outside of school, however homework set will not require a computer to complete ensuring all students can access the resources.


ICT use on site


The use of personal devices for all members school is prohibited in school. No images are to be taken of pupils on any personal device – pupils that have got permission to have their image taken and used in and out of school must be taken on an audited school device. Images taken by parents or carers that are of children, other than their own, is prohibited without permission. Sharing images on social networking platforms, other than of your own child, is prohibited. We understand that you want to capture special moments of your child, however, it is in our best interest to safeguard all children. Any images taken of our pupils on school grounds is prohibited, unless authorised, will result in us investigating with the possible outcome of a ban from site.


Recording Assessment and Reporting

ICT work will be marked in line with the school's marking policy.

For reporting purposes each pupil is given an end of year subject level. Evidence of work is kept in individual year group folders and all students are aware of their personal levels and how to achieve the next stage.


Monitoring and Review

Monitoring is carried out by the Head teacher, Curriculum and Teaching mentor, ICT co - coordinator and relevant governors at appropriate points during each school year. The monitoring is carried out in a variety of ways including;

  • informal discussion with staff and pupils
  • observation of ICT work and displays
  • scrutiny of accreditation gained and individual progress through tracking
  • presentation at curriculum meeting
  • classroom observation
  • tracking of defined groups e.g. Looked After Children

A review of this policy will be made by the co-ordinator each year alongside an audit of pupil progress and resources. This will be reported to SMT and Governors for inclusion in the SDP and SEF and to determine future planning.



 The subject co-ordinator will facilitate the use of ICT throughout the school by;

  • Keeping abreast of new ideas and thinking in the subject
  • Updating the policy and schemes of work
  • Ordering and updating resources and advising on their use with particular reference to specific special needs
  • Providing or organising training so that all staff are confident in how to teach the subject and have the necessary skills 
  • Ensuring that SMT and governors have up to date information about ICT in school
  • Contributing to the SDP and SEF at regular points ( at least annually)
  • Monitoring the subject Action Plan and leading its implementation
  • Keeping support staff fully informed of all developments and encouraging them to attend relevant courses
  • Making sure that all staff understand the system for logging faults
  • Liaising effectively with DGFL
  • Seeking opportunities for cross curricular experiences to enhance teaching and learning and further develop ICT capability
  • Ensuring that all students of ICT have targets which are systematically tracked and have relevant intervention strategies on hand should they be needed


Copyright and Licensing

All software used on the school's system is correctly licensed.

All staff are aware of the consequences of installing unlicensed software and sign an agreement of acceptable use before using the school system or school ICT equipment.

All pupils must agree to abide by the terms of our acceptable use agreement before using the school ICT system or any school ICT equipment


Health and Safety

All activities, whether in school or off site, will be guided by the school's Health and Safety policy

Where necessary individual risk assessments will be put into place to ensure the safety of pupils and the integrity of the school ICT system.

Pupils are systematically taught the following subject specific rules;

  • Hazardous use of computers
  • The way to sit at the computer 
  • The importance of regular breaks
  • The need for vigilance when using the internet

All equipment is PAT tested annually.


Cyberbullying Policy


This policy should be read in conjunction with the Anti-bullying Policy, Behaviour Policy and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (including Prevent).




Cyberbullying may be defined as ‘the use of electronic communication, particularly mobile phones and the internet, to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.


Cyber bullying can be received in many forms or threats such as: intimidation, harassment or ‘cyber-stalking’ (e.g. repeatedly sending unwanted texts or instant messages), sexting maliciousness/defamation, exclusion/peer rejection, impersonation, unauthorised publication of private information/images and ‘trolling’ (abusing the internet to provoke or offend others online).


It can be an extension of face-to-face bullying, with technology providing the bully with another route to harass their target.


However it differs from other forms of bullying in several significant ways:


• It allows for a far more extreme invasion of personal space. Cyberbullying can take place at any time and intrude into spaces that have previously been regarded as safe and personal (e.g. the person’s home/bedroom)


• It allows for anonymity on the part of the bully.


• It allows the bully to be seen by a larger audience and allows for other peers to join in (peer on peer bullying), this also allows the scale of the bullying to rapidly become out of control.


• It can affect the victim more knowing that the evidence will always be online


• There is a difficulty in trying to control electronically circulated messages as more people get drawn in as accessories. By passing on a demeaning picture or text messages, a bystander becomes an accessory to the bullying.


• The profile of the bully and target can be different to other forms of bullying as cyberbullying can take place between peers and across generations. Teachers can be victims and age and size are not important.


• Many cyberbullying incidents can themselves act as evidence so it is important the victim saves the information.


Cyberbullying and the Law


• The Education and Inspections Act 2006 (EIA 2006) outlines some legal powers which relate more directly to cyberbullying. Head teachers have the power ‘to such an extent as is reasonable’ to regulate the conduct of pupils when they are off the school site.


• The Act also provides a defence for staff in confiscating items such as mobile phones from pupils.


Civil and Criminal Law


•     There is not a specific law which makes cyberbullying illegal but it can be considered a criminal offence under several different acts including Protection from Harassment Act (1997), Malicious Communications Act (1988), Communications Act (2003) Obscene Publications Act (1959) and Computer Misuse Act (1990).


  • The school works in line with statutory requirements regarding personal data and is aware of its duties under the Data Protection Act (1998). Access to personal information will only be granted where it is needed. The regulations of the Data Protection Act will be used when processing, collecting, disclosing, retaining or disposing of information relating to a pupil or member of staff.


Preventing Cyberbullying


As with all forms of bullying prevention is key, there is no-way that the school can monitor pupils’ devices outside of school and at all times in school hours, however; as a school we strive to inform pupils, parents and carers of all the latest online trends, how to block, delete and report and how to notice signs of cyberbullying . There is no single solution to the problem of cyberbullying however we do believe that by doing the following we can minimise the risks:


  • The Assistant Safeguarding Lead and Head of ICT Mrs Amie Cooper will take overall responsibility for the co-ordination and implementation of cyberbullying prevention and response strategies.


•    We will ensure that all incidents of cyberbullying inside school are dealt with immediately and will be managed and/or escalated in line with the procedures set out in the school’s Anti-bullying Policy, Behaviour Policy and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. We will support parents and give advice in line with the law regarding matters that take place outside of school.


•    We ensure that all policies relating to safeguarding, including cyberbullying are reviewed and updated regularly and that we attend meetings / course to stay abreast of any new ideologies.


•    We ensure that all staff know how to report any issues concerning safeguarding including cyberbullying to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or assistant safeguarding leads.


•    We ensure that all staff are aware of the Prevent Duties.


• We provide up to date, relevant training so that staff feel confident in identifying children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, to challenge extremist ideas and to know how to make a referral when a child is at risk.


•   We ensure that parents/carers are informed where school policies can be found so that they are fully aware of the school’s responsibility relating to safeguarding pupils and their welfare. All policies are available on the school website or in school and can be requested at any time.


•   We send out a copy of the e-safety and cyber bullying leaflet, there are links to this on the school website also. 


  • We are a registered and accredited National Online Safety School, monthly newsletters are sent out to parents and carers and are available on the school website.



  • Cyberbullying is revisited as part of the ICT E-safety Programme each term across all key stages, we partake in debates and e-safety days and pupils are reminded of how to report a concern. (A trusted adult, Child line or the thinkuknow website:


• All staff are aware of their responsibilities and are given guidance on the use of technology within school and beyond. All staff should sign to say they have read, received and understood the Staff Code of Conduct, ICT and E-safety policy in line with the schools Safeguarding Policy linked policies.


• We ensure that all pupils are given clear guidance on the use of technology in a positive and safe manner both in school and at home, ICT lessons cover how to manage personal data and to report abuse / bullying online.


• We offer courses to parents and offer support to parents and carers where appropriate in developing their skills and understanding in the use of technology.


• We ensure the Acceptable Use Policy and Children’s Use of Digital Devices are reviewed annually and signed to state it has been read, received and understood.


• We ensure that ICT plan’s and deliver’s a curriculum on online safety which helps to build a resilience within the pupils to allow them to protect themselves and others online.


• We ensure appropriate filters are in place to block inappropriate content and use RM to support this.


• School visitors are given clear guidance on the use of technology in school. This includes how to report any safeguarding issues to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Supply staff are given highly restricted staff accounts which do not allow any access to staff drives or pupil data.


• The school governing body works together to ensure policies and practices relating to safeguarding including the prevention of cyberbullying are being implemented effectively. Safeguarding governor is Mr Paul Leyshon.


All staff are expected to take responsibility for using technology positively.


  • The school will deal with cyberbullying in the same way as other bullying. Do not think that because it is online it is different to other forms of bullying.


  • The school will deal with inappropriate use of technology in the same way as other types of inappropriate behaviour and sanctions will be given in line with the school’s Behaviour Policy.


  • It is vital that parents/carers and the school work together to ensure that all pupils are aware of the serious consequences of getting involved in anything that might be seen to be cyber-bullying and parents/carers must play their role and take responsibility for monitoring their child’s online life.


  • Parents/carers can help by supporting the school and inform their child of how seriously the school takes incidents of cyber-bullying.


  • Parents/carers can also help to reinforce prior learning such as the legal issues relating to cyber-bullying.


Several sites offer helpful advice to parents/carers, such as:



Or please visit Rosewood’s school website where a link to the National Online Safety support page can be found alongside the monthly newsletters and the schools e-safety leaflet.

We also send out newsletters and text messages to parents/carers inviting them to engage with the free online courses available to them.


  School E-safety policy


  1. Introduction
    1. The internet and e-mail play an essential role in the conduct of our business in school. The systems within school are made available to students, teaching staff, support staff and other authorised persons to further enhance both educational and professional activities including teaching, research, administration and management.  We value the ability to communicate with colleagues, pupils and business contacts.  There has been a substantial investment in information technology and communications (ICT) systems which enable us to work more efficiently and effectively.
    2. How we communicate with people not only reflects on us as individuals but on the School.  Therefore, although we respect your personal autonomy and privacy, we have established this policy to ensure that you know what we expect from you and what you can expect from us in your use of e-mail and the internet.
    3. We trust you to use the ICT facilities sensibly, professionally, lawfully, consistent with your duties, with respect for your colleagues and in accordance with this Policy.
    4. For your safety, we are able to monitor all web pages visited, email sent and received, this helps us monitor inappropriate use, such as bullying.
    5. This policy applies to you as an employee whatever your position, whether you are a Head Teacher, Teacher, and support staff, permanent, temporary or otherwise.  Any inappropriate use of the School’s internet & e-mail systems whether under this policy or otherwise may lead to disciplinary action being taken against you under the appropriate disciplinary procedures which may include summary dismissal.
    6. It is important that you read this policy carefully.  If there is anything that you do not understand, please discuss it with the Head Teacher or your line manager.  Once you have read and understood this policy thoroughly, you should sign this document, retain a copy for your own records and return the original to the Head Teacher
  2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES and legal issues
    1. All information relating to our pupils, parents and staff is confidential.  You must treat all School information with the utmost care whether held on paper or electronically.
    2. Care must be taken when using e-mail as a means of communication as all expressions of fact, intention or opinion may implicate you and/or the school.  Electronic information can be produced in court in the same way as oral or written statements. 
    3. We trust you to use the internet sensibly.  Please be aware at all times that when visiting an internet site the unique address for the computer you are using (the IP address) can be logged by the site you visit, thus identifying your school.
    4. The main advantage of the internet and e-mail is that they provide routes to access and disseminate information.  However the same principles apply to information exchanged electronically in this way as apply to any other means of communication.  For example, sending defamatory, sexist or racist jokes or other unsuitable material via the internet or email system is grounds for an action for defamation, harassment or incitement to racial hatred in the same way as making such comments verbally or in writing.
    5. Internet and e-mail access is intended to be used for school business or professional development, any personal use is subject to the same terms and conditions and should be with the agreement of your head teacher.
    6. As an employee, you should exercise due care when collecting, processing or disclosing any personal data and only process personal data on behalf of the School where it is necessary for your duties.  The processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act 1998.  Schools are defined in law as separate legal entities for the purposes of complying with the Data Protection Act.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the School, and not the Local Authority, to ensure that compliance is achieved.
    7. All aspects of communication are protected by intellectual property rights which might be infringed by copying.  Downloading, copying, possessing and distributing material from the internet may be an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.
    1. This policy takes into account legislation which aims to ensure a minimum level of personal privacy for employees in their employment. The Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000 allows for interception of "business" communications for business purposes:

          3.1.1  To establish the existence of facts

          3.1.2  To ascertain compliance with applicable regulatory or self-regulatory practices              or procedures.

          3.1.3   To ascertain or demonstrate effective system operation technically and by   users.

          3.1.4   for national security/crime prevention or detection.

          3.1.5   for confidential counselling/support services.

          3.1.6   for Investigating or detecting unauthorised use of the system

          3.1.7   for monitoring communications for the purpose of determining whether they are communications relevant to the business.


    1. Research Machines (RM) has a contractual obligation to monitor the use of the internet and e-mail services provided as part of DGfL, in accordance with the above Regulations.  Traffic data and usage information may be recorded and may be used in disciplinary procedures if necessary.  RM, Dudley MBC and the school reserve the right to disclose any information they deem necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.  If there is any evidence that this particular policy is being abused by individuals, we reserve the right to withdraw from employees the facility to send and receive electronic communications
    2. If the email is personal, it is good practice to use the word ‘personal’ in the subject header and the footer text should indicate if it is a personal email the school does not accept responsibility for any agreement the user may be entering into.  
    3. Your privacy and autonomy in your business communications will be respected.  However, in certain circumstances it may be necessary to access and record your communications for the School’s business purposes which include the following:
      1. providing evidence of business transactions;
      2. making sure the School’s business procedures are adhered to;
      3. training and monitoring standards of service;
      4. preventing or detecting unauthorised use of the communications systems or criminal activities;
      5. Maintaining the effective operation of communication systems.
    1. When entering an internet site, always read and comply with the terms and conditions governing its use.
    2. Do not download any images, text or material which is copyright protected without the appropriate authorisation.
    3. Do not download any images, text or material which is inappropriate or likely to cause offence.
    4.  If you want to download any software, first seek permission from the Head Teacher and/or member of staff responsible /RM.  They should check that the source is safe and appropriately licensed.
    5. If you are involved in creating, amending or deleting our web pages or content on our web sites, such actions should be consistent with your responsibilities and be in the best interests of the School.
    6. You are expressly prohibited from:
      1. introducing packet-sniffing software (i.e. software which is used to intercept data on a network) or password detecting software;
      2. seeking to gain access to restricted areas of the network;
      3. knowingly seeking to access data which you are not authorised to view;
      4. introducing any form of computer viruses; and
      5. Carrying out other hacking activities.
    7. For your information, the following activities are criminal offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990:
      1. unauthorised access to computer material i.e. hacking;
      2. unauthorised modification of computer material; and
      3. Unauthorised access with intent to commit/facilitate the commission of further offences.
    1. You should agree with recipients that the use of e-mail is an acceptable form of communication.  If the material is confidential, privileged, or sensitive you should be aware that un-encrypted e-mail is not secure.
    2.  Do not send sensitive personal data via email unless you are using a secure site or portal.  It is good practice to indicate that the email is ‘Confidential@ in the subject line
    3. Copies of emails with any attachments sent to or received from parents should be saved in a suitable secure directory.
    4. Do not impersonate any other person when using e-mail or amend any messages received.
    5. It is good practice to re-read e-mail before sending them as external e-mail cannot be retrieved once they have been sent.
    1. Through your work personal data will come into your knowledge, possession or control.  In relation to such personal data whether you are working at the School’s premises or working remotely you must: 
      1. Keep the data private and confidential and you must not disclose information to any other person unless authorised to do so.  If in doubt ask your Head Teacher or line manager;
      2. familiarise yourself with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and comply with its provisions;  
      3. familiarise yourself with all appropriate School policies and procedures;
      4. not make personal or other inappropriate remarks about staff, pupils, parents or colleagues on manual files or computer records.  The individuals have the right to see all information the School holds on them subject to any exemptions that may apply.
    2. The School views any breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 as gross misconduct which may lead to summary dismissal under appropriate disciplinary procedures.
    3. If you make or encourage another person to make an unauthorised disclosure knowingly or recklessly you may be held criminally liable.


Acceptable Use for Policy Pupils


The computer systems within school are made available to students to further their education and to staff to enhance their professional activities including teaching, research, administration and management. The school’s Internet Access Policies have been drawn up to protect all parties – the students, the staff and the school.

The school reserves the right to examine or delete files that may be held on its computer systems or to monitor any Internet site visited.

Students wishing to use the Internet should sign a copy of this Acceptable Internet Use statement and return it to the ICT manager for approval.

  • All Internet activity should be appropriate to the student’s education


  • Access should only be made via the authorised account and password, which should not be made available to any other person


  • Activity that threatens the integrity of the school ICT systems or activity that attacks or corrupts other systems is forbidden


  • Files attached to an email should be appropriate to the body of the email and not include any inappropriate materials or anything that threatens the integrity of the school ICT system.


  • When using the internet including a ‘chat room’ facility, I will not give my home address or telephone/mobile number, respond to requests using SMS or even arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer or teacher has given permission


  • Users are responsible for all e-mail sent and for contacts made that may result in e-mail being received


  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden


  • Copyright of materials must be respected


  • Posting anonymous messages and forwarding chain letters is forbidden


  • As e-mail can be forwarded or inadvertently be sent to the wrong person, the same professional levels of language and content should be applied as for letters or other media


  • Use of the network to access inappropriate materials such as pornographic, racist or offensive material is forbidden


  • If you find any site on the internet which you feel is inappropriate, report it immediately to an adult.


Rosewood School Use of the Internet by Pupils Policy


Use of the Internet by Pupils

As part of the Government drive to personalise learning and to support learning opportunities within the school, your child, will at appropriate times, be given access to the Internet as an information source, a communications tool and a publishing medium.

The Internet has become a major source of educationally useful material and the primary distribution medium for a wide range of organisations. The potential to support the classroom teacher and the learner is significant and will continue to grow.

There are well-publicised concerns regarding access to material on the Internet that would be considered unsuitable for school pupils. Whilst it is impossible to ensure that a pupil will not access such material, the school, in liaison with Dudley LA and Research Machines plc, is taking all reasonable steps to minimise a pupil’s access to unsuitable material.

These include:

  • Use of a filtered Internet Service to prevent access to Internet sites with certain types of material e.g. pornography, violent, offensive and abusive material.
  • Restricted access to ‘chat rooms’.
  • The requirement that wherever possible all Internet access during school hours will be supervised by a member of staff or other responsible adult.
  • Tracking mechanisms that enable the school to identify which Internet Sites have been visited and to monitor Internet access.
  • Education of pupils as to the potential legal consequences of accessing certain types of material.


All users of school computer equipment are expected to abide by The Acceptable Use policy. Users not abiding by the policy may have their right to use the systems withdrawn. For some offences the Police or other authorities may have to be involved. 

The school has developed an Internet Site that includes information about many aspects of school life. Within guidelines the school may publish pictures or work relating to your child. Please indicate on the attached form your willingness (or not) for any reference to your child to be included on the school Internet Site.

The school’s policy on the use of computers, including the use of the Internet is available for parents to inspect.


Awareness sessions regarding use of the Internet are run for parents please ask for details or visit our school website for access to National Online Safety resources.