Digital citizenship

Our IT facilities have been extensively developed to meet the curriculum and administrative needs of the school, and are now among the best in the independent sector. The school has pioneered the use of virtual learning environment (VLE) technology to provide online learning resources for pupils working at school or at home. QS Connect, the school portal, enables access to the Firefly VLE as well as to the school network, wherever a member of the school community has access to a computer and the internet. Parents use QS Connect in order to access school correspondence and information, and to track their daughter’s progress.

However, it is not enough to boast excellent facilities. Pupils need to be taught the importance of using new technology in way that is safe, helpful and kind to themselves and their friends. Whilst we embrace new ways of communicating with both parents and pupils, growing responsible digital citizens should be the responsibility of every school and at Queen’s we take this very seriously. From Reception onwards girls are taught skills on a weekly basis that enable them to participate in the digital world in a safe, secure way which enriches their life and learning.

Our provision includes:

  • 43 computers for pupil use
  • All classrooms have computer facilities
  • All classrooms have interactive whiteboards
  • Dedicated computing suite containing 26 computers
  • Mobile suite of iPads including dedicated free Queen’s App Store
  • All computers are equipped with Microsoft Windows and Office, along with more than 50 educational software titles
  • Online learning resources available through the Firefly VLE

Following an extensive external assessment by Naace (National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education), our Lower School has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of computing in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents will have the satisfaction that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.