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Chromebooks for Learning Scheme

Parent Information

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to announce the launch of our ‘Chromebooks for Learning’ scheme at St John’s College. It will be an expectation for every pupil in R12-R14 attending St John’s College to own a Chromebook. We are very excited about the impact this development will have on our pupils’ learning. Their daily lives are filled with technology and they are quick to embrace new developments. We want our pupils to feel at ease in this rapidly changing climate.

Chromebooks provide a great vehicle to help our pupils become responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners. Our scheme is an opt-in scheme; provision will be made for those who choose to not join it and no student will be made to feel excluded. However, as a school, we firmly believe in the merits of the scheme and the educational benefits of pupils having their own device and hope that parents will support the initiative.

Since June 2013 we have been a registered Google school and Chromebooks have been used across the curriculum since 2014. Feedback from staff, pupils and parents has been extremely positive and we have seen improved engagement from our students when using the Chromebooks.

We have evaluated many different Chromebooks and have put together a package that we believe offers extremely good value for money. I hope that all the information you need about our scheme is clearly laid out on the school website. You can also contact me anytime via the Chromebooks for Learning Scheme email address chromebooks@stjohnscollegecardiff.com. Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Francis Taylor


Why have we chosen Chromebooks?

There is a wide range of tablet and laptop-style devices available. At St John’s College, we have used Chromebooks across the curriculum since 2014 and firmly believe that they are best suited to the academic and digital needs of our pupils. We believe using Chromebooks will enable our pupils to become well-informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners.

A balanced combination of school and home learning is crucial to the future success of young people, and technology opens the door to a new and engaging world that extends effective study way beyond the confines of the classroom. Chromebooks and G Suite for Education will give our pupils ready access to information wherever they are. Chromebooks will supplement the existing learning strategies at St John’s College, allowing pupils to study safely, effectively and productively.

A Chromebook looks like a laptop in appearance but operates in a very different way, with pupils accessing services and apps online via their school accounts. The Chromebook operating system is produced by Google who provides a wealth of apps and services which are specifically designed to support pupils in education. All devices are managed centrally through our Google Administrator platform to ensure that access is always safe and secure. Internet services are filtered for inappropriate content to ensure pupils can only access what they need for their school work. This filtering and management extends to wherever the device is used, whether in or out of school.

Chromebook Features

  • Less than 8 seconds to boot up
  • Long battery life
  • Simple technology
  • Easy pupil-teacher workflow
  • Large numbers of computers can be managed centrally
  • Excellent collaboration tools
  • Works seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based applications which all of our students and teachers already use extensively.

Traditional methods of learning and teaching still have an important place in education and will continue in our school. Chromebooks should be seen as an additional educational tool and not as a replacement for these methods.


Having considered the many Chromebook devices currently available we have decided to offer the Lenovo 500e.

Please click HERE for the full specification. A promotional video and hands-on demonstration film are at the bottom of this page.

Our suppliers, Freedom Tech, have produced a competitive pricing structure. Please click HERE for details.

(Please note that these prices are correct as of 20th June 2018). 


Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I spread the payments over?

You are able to pay all upfront, or over 12, 24 or 36 months depending on how long your child has left at the school.

What happens at the end of the agreement?

Upon your final payment, the device becomes yours.

Will there be any credit checks?

No. Everyone is approved and there are no credit checks.

What is the excess on the insurance policy?

There is no excess on either the insurance or warranty and you will receive the policy details with your device.

How do I make an insurance or warranty claim?

You will be provided with a policy and claims document detailing how to make a warranty or insurance claim.

My child is not in R12-R14. Can I still purchase Chromebooks through this scheme?

Initially, we are trialling the scheme for R12-R14. However, if parental demand is high we can extend the scheme to other years very easily. The second round of purchases could potentially be processed before Christmas.

Can the device be used at home?

Yes. As the device is linked to the school management software, all the security settings from school travel to wherever the Chromebook is being used, providing a safe learning environment at all times. We also recommend you review your home WiFi settings to ensure maximum security is in place.

How many devices can I order?

One per pupil at the school.

When will I receive the device?

Assuming the ordering portal opens in early September 2018, orders will need to be placed by 10th October 2018. Your first direct debit will then be collected on 24th October 2018. Devices will be delivered to the school and handed out in early November.

What happens if I miss a payment or can no longer afford the device?

You will have to return the device; you will not own the device until the final payment is made.

What happens if I cannot afford to join the scheme?

The school will have a number of devices that can be borrowed to use in lesson time. These devices will be kept in the school and given out when required. Pupils will not be able to take these devices home.

Can I bring my own device that I have already purchased?

Yes, but you do so at your own risk. St John's College accepts no liability for the device's safety and it cannot be fully integrated into the school network. This means the security settings will not be as high as a school-managed device.

What if my child leaves the school?

You must return the device to the school or alternatively pay the outstanding payments to take ownership of the device.