BYOD Laptop Program

For all students that are enrolled in years 6-12, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program run at the Heights School enables each student access to a laptop at school.

Increasingly technology and eResources are becoming embedded into the curriculum and student laptops are now regularly being used for:

  • Creating and submitting work electronically
  • Classroom activities and lesson plans
  • Collaborative learning
  • Accessing electronic textbooks
  • Internet based research
  • Electronic interactive assessment

To be able to access these resources, it is essential that all students in years 6-12 have access to and bring their own working laptop to school every day for use in the classroom.

The expectation of students bringing a device to lesson is treated with the same importance as bringing any other resource required for learning.

Device options

For 2021, there are 2 options for student devices at The Heights School:

School-recommended device

BYOD purchasing portal

For assistance placing an order, please contact Learning With Technologies on 1300 550 717

The Heights School has partnered with Learning With Technologies to provide a customised web portal for parents to purchase new laptops specifically tailored towards student learning at school.

These devices come with the following advantages:

  • 3 year onsite warranty provided by the manufacturer
  • Are known and fully supported in the school’s ICT environment
  • Education/Business grade devices
  • Have a long battery life
  • Insurance options available, subject to vendor
  • Windows Defender Antivirus (included with Windows 10)

Other BYOD laptop

Students can also bring in other personal laptops to school.

We strongly suggest that laptops used at school meet the following specifications:

  • Windows 10
    Device not running in Windows 10 S mode
  • Long (8 hour) battery life
  • 11” or larger screen
  • 120GB or larger hard drive / SSD
  • Intel or AMD CPU
  • Intel wireless chipset, preferably 5Ghz AC or AX (WiFi 6)
  • Windows Defender Antivirus (included with Windows 10)

It is necessary for students to have local-administrator privileges on devices to enable them to install and use the resources they need for learning at school.

Please note: The school does not support Chromebooks, iPads or Android tablets


Using BYOD at school

When BYO devices are first brought into school, there are some important steps which all users must take to connect and configure their device for use in our environment.

Instructions and a Heights School BYOD configuration tool for Windows to setup laptops for our environment, are available on the school Intranet. There will be sessions held at the beginning of the year to facilitate this, and the ICT office is available to provide general WIFI connectivity support (up to 15 minutes) for student devices throughout the year.

Students will need to charge their devices at home each night to ensure their laptops are fully charged for use at school the following day.

Microsoft Office Pro Plus which is part of Office 365 is available to all students currently enrolled in years 6-12 at The Heights School.

This allows students to install the latest version of Microsoft Office on up to 5 personal computers, whilst they are enrolled at the school for no charge.

As part of this process, students will need to sign in to activate the Office applications on their device and to allow access to some of the Online Learning functionality used at school.

Please be advised that students can only install Microsoft Office once they commence school.
The ICT sessions held at the beginning of the year will assist students installing Office onto their laptops.

For questions in relation to any information contained on this page, please contact:

David Williams
ICT & Services Manager
Phone: 8263 6244