Technology Costs


Machine:

The new Dell machine(s) include:

N.B. Insurance and theft cover has not been included and should be arranged by the parent independently.

Any parent wishing to discuss transparancy or the process are welcome to contact iSquared, or the parent committee. A parent who believes that they have found a better deal online is advised to confirm that they are comparing the same range (Latitude), setup and additional warranties.

Please click on services and support to read about Dell support.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you fully insure your machine against theft or loss. Bishops does not insure any computers purchased by parents.

Once-Off Support Levy

All boys are charged a once-off support levy, billed in the first term of their Grade 8 year as explained in the service section of this site.

Annual Software License Fee

Each boy is charged an annual Software license fee on his first term fee account. This license covers anti-virus software, the full Office suite and Windows operating system upgrades. Please note that the initial operating system upgrade for the Enterprise license is done by the preferred supplier and forms part of the prescribed machine setup costs. Bishops delivers software updates to boys’ machines to ensure all machines are on the same, chosen, version of software. We ensure that a particular version is stable before rolling it out.

All other basic software for school needs is included, other than some specialist courses which may require additional software and this software will be billed in the same way that certain subjects prescribe text books.

A plagiarism checking tool, called Turnitin, is included in the annual software charge.

Printing

At the start of each year, boys are allocated a printing allowance, for printing and copying, from our networked printers on campus. These copies are free of charge. Should a boy need to print more, he can apply for a top up. The fee for this top will be charged to your fee account. We encourage boys to keep printing to a minimum. We have an electronic hand-in system for work and Bishops expects teachers to keep their demands for hard copy to an absolute minimum. This makes sense not only from an administrative point of view, but also in the interests of the environment.