At Dauntsey’s we educate our pupils for the future - giving them the skills, confidence and resilience to be successful in whatever they choose to do. We recognise the central role that technology will play in the future lives of our pupils and take responsibility for preparing them to take full advantage of this. Interactive and digital technology can enhance pupils’ everyday learning experiences and we are determined that our pupils will benefit from this.
Over recent years the school has made great progress in terms of our digital learning. All teachers and pupils are now well established on Microsoft 365 and its associated products and apps, all classrooms are equipped with high quality interactive boards and pupils from First Form through Sixth Form are required to have their own digital device which is used across all lessons.
For some time, Dauntsey’s has been a ‘Microsoft School’ and therefore ask that pupils have either a Microsoft Surface Pro or Surface Go device. These are designed for education and are widely used in schools.
The school uses Windows 11 as its operating system and Microsoft 365 and Teams to provide the core product suite. IT Services will also install all relevant certificates and software, so that all pupils can access the school's WiFi, printing and other facilities.
Lower School Pupils
We recommend that all Lower School Pupils have a Microsoft Surface Go. This is a budget-friendly option that is highly portable and versatile. It has 10.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display and a battery life of up to 11 hours. Pupils will also need a stylus, discrete headphones, and a case for the device. We would also recommend that insurance is taken out with the device, in the event of an accident.
Upper School Pupils
We recommend that all Upper School Pupils have a Microsoft Surface Pro. These are more powerful and feature-rich than the Surface Go 3 and can handle more power consuming programs e.g. Adobe suite. The battery life of the Surface Pro 9 is up to 16 hours and they have a 13-inch PixelSense Flow Display. Pupils will also need a stylus, discrete headphones, and a case for the device. Again, we would also recommend that insurance is taken out with the device, in the event of an accident.
All devices must:
Be able to quickly and reliably connect to the school’s internet
Be able to access and run Microsoft 365 products
Have a keyboard or keyboard function
Be capable of accurate on-screen inking
Have a high quality camera
Have a battery lifetime of at least six hours
Have a “standby to operational” time of less than 30 seconds
Be able to connect to a discrete set of headphones
Have a minimum of 128 GB SSD hard drive space