Key Stage 3/4
- At least a 7″ screen
- At least a 5-hour battery life
- Wireless networking and internet
- Still and video camera recording facility
- At least 16Gb of storage
- At least iOS v9, Android 4.4(KitKat), Windows 10
Typical devices that would be suitable would be any Apple iPad higher than version 1 (mini, 2, retina, air etc), popular Android tablets such as Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy. The recommended tablet is an iPad Mini and this is the most popular amongst students. There is an element of ‘you get what you pay for’, and although Apple devices are more expensive, students who have had their devices since year 7 are still successfully using them in year 10. Some of the very cheap Android tablets suffer from slower performance and problems connecting to WiFi. Android Tablets such as the Asus ZenPad 8 S or 10 inch version retail at around £150 and are well specified devices that are good value.
Some students have opted for Windows tablets (e.g. Acer Iconia Tab 8), Chromebooks or hybrid tablets with detachable keyboards. These will be fine in general, though be aware that not all Apps on the recommended list are available for these platforms and the laptop format is less portable for students and not well suited for still/video photography. Kindle Fire HD 8 or better are also generally fine, although Amazon’s app store has fewer applications than the Google Play store.
Key Stage 5
- At least a 10″ screen and keyboard
- At least a 3-hour battery life
- Wireless networking
Almost any reasonably modern laptop will suffice, particularly from the main brands of Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, HP, Dell etc. Chromebooks from various vendors are also completely suitable for sixth form work and integrate very well with our GSuite for Education environment.
Students are given unlimited cloud storage space on Google Drive, meaning storage on the device itself is less of an issue.
Whilst we don’t recommend specific vendors (since prices are constantly changing), we do have an arrangement with Solutions Inc. in the Maltings, St. Albans, where Sandringham students receive a 5% discount on the price of Apple iPads and laptops. Please speak to the store manager and provide some proof of your child studying or being offered a place at Sandringham (e.g. an offer letter)