Use of ICT

Hugh Christie is one of the best ICT equipped schools in the country.

We expect our students to use the College’s ICT equipment in a responsible way, and we ask all students to sign a Code of Conduct when they join the College.  Below are our expectations

  • use only own network account (students are not permitted to use another person’s network username or password).
  • look after passwords (students are responsible for keeping passwords secret and changing it immediately if they suspect someone else might know it.)
  • use network account to store only work associated with college. (Offensive, insulting or harassing material is illegal and students will be held responsible if it is found stored or displayed on a computer accessed by their username.)
  • look after all computer equipment that they use. (They will be held responsible for any breakages resulting from misuse, including accidental damage through inappropriate conduct such as eating or drinking near a PC.)
  • follow copyright laws (Assume that all software, including shareware, is copyright protected and should not be shared without permission.)
  • protect the computer network against viruses (do their best to ensure that work from home and any other data is virus-free.)
  • use the Internet for educational purposes only (this does not include chat rooms, online computer games, chain mail, violent, distasteful or adult material etc.)
  • leave PC and workstation settings as they are (PCs have been configured as they are with good reason and must be left this way).
  • use the network account to store only work associated with the college (storage of computer games is not permitted).

We also allow our students access to Hugh Christie e-mail, and again we ask them to sign a Code of Conduct when they join.

Students agree not to:
1.         Access e-mail during lessons without permission of the Teacher.
2.          Send email messages which may result in complaints from the recipient
3.          Send email messages which are excessive and/or intended to harass or annoy others.
4.          Send, or attempt to send, Spam of any kind.
5.          Executable code (programme files) must not be attached to e-mail
6.          Intellectual property must be observed, students must not keep, access or transmit confidential data about other students.


Students who do not follow our codes of conduct risk being denied the use of our ICT facilities.


Personal technology, such as mobile phones and personal media players, are permitted to be brought to college provided the owner follows the following simple guidance;

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·       All devices should be switched off or on silent during the college day to avoid disturbing lessons. Urgent telephone messages from home can be passed to students by calling reception.
·       Devices should be kept in pockets or bags during lessons unless the teacher has given permission otherwise.
·       Mobile phones with cameras must not be used in changing rooms or toilet areas. No images are to be taken of other students or members of staff.
·       A student can be requested to reveal a message, or content on their mobile phone, to establish if bullying has occurred. Disciplinary measures may be taken against those who refuse to comply.


College staff may confiscate a device for the rest of the day where students do not follow this guidance. One off serious incidents or repeated misuse may result in the student being refused permission to bring the device to college for a fixed period or permanently.

 MY SCHOOL is our portal that students can access from a web browser on any internet enabled device.
MY SCHOOL is accessed from the college website www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk.
Once logged into MY SCHOOL, students have access to the following;
  • Their college email (where home learning assignments will be sent)
  • Their timetable
  • Their Skydrive where they can save work to access at both home and school
  • Fronter – the college’s virtual learning environment
  • Online Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Omnibook Project

Year 7, 8 and 9students signed up for Omnibook Project agree to follow Netbooks and the College ICT Code of Conduct. The NETbook device is provided as a tool to assist student’s learning at College and home.


  1. The title (ownership) of the NETbook remains with the College until the end of the three year period of the project and all payments have been received from parents. This is to enable software updates and adhere to licencing agreements. After the three year period the title will be passed onto the parents or students.
  2. When taken home the NETbook must be fully charged to College every day. Chargers should remain at home.
  3. Students and parents should be aware that files stored on the College server and the NETbook are not private.
  4. The NETbook may be retained by the student over the school holidays.
  5. Whilst at the College the security of the NETbook is the student’s responsibility. During PE lessons the NETbook should be stored in the lockers provided by the College.
  6. All NETbooks will be asset tagged for security purposes. Name labels will be provided for the NETbooks to allow students to identify their own devices.
  7. Whilst at home the netbook should be only used by the student. The NETbook should not be used when eating and drinking to avoid accidental spillages. The NETbook should be fully charged whilst at home ready for use in College.
  8. When transporting the NETbook home, the netbook should remain inside the student’s school bag and should not be left unattended at any time.
  9. When at home students may connect to their home broadband/internet service under the supervision of their parents.
  10. If a student leaves the College before the end of the installment payment period (payment option 2), the parents have the option of returning the NETbook to the College or completing the outstanding payment and retaining the netbook.
  11. Students will not lend or let anyone else use or have access to the NETbook.

Damage or Loss to the equipment

  1. The student must make every effort to protect the NETbook from damage or loss.
  2. Any damage or loss/theft on College premises must be reported immediately to the College.
  3. In the case of suspected theft outside the College, the police must be informed and a copy of the report (crime number) given to the College for information.
  4. Loss or damage to the NETbook may result in the loss of student data saved on the NETbook. Students are responsible for backing up their data to the Sky Drive or the College network.

Repairs and maintenance

  1. When the NETbook is replaced under warranty, the type of replacements is dependent upon the manufacturer.
  2. If a device is replaced by the College, its replacement may differ from the original device.
  3. Substitution devices will be lent to students if their NETbook requires repair.
  4. NETbooks will be maintained and supported by the College for the length of the 3 year project.
  5. Maintenance of the NETbook can only be performed by the College.
  6. The NETbook battery supplied with the devices should last for a minimum of three years, if the devices is used properly. If the battery needs replacement the purchase cost will be the responsibly of the student/parent and not the College.

General standards for the NETbook

The student is responsible for:

  1. Taking care of the NETbook in accordance to College guidelines.
  2. Adhering to the Acceptable Use Agreement when using the device at College and home.
  3. Backing up data. It is recommended that students use the College based cloud technology available to save their work regularly to the Sky Drive. All students will be issued with their own Sky Drive access. 
  4. Keeping login details and passwords confidential. Under NO circumstances should   students log in using another student’s username and password or use another student’s NETbook. 

Please contact Ben Nicoll at Hugh Christie if you have any questions about the Omnibook Project.