Laptop Scheme FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the laptop scheme

Parents often have many questions to ask before committing to the Perins laptop scheme. Here’s a few answers to the ones we are frequently asked:

What is included in the 3 Year Scheme?

  • School Laptop
  • Carry Case
  • 3 year warranty
  • 3 year insurance
  • Extensive Range of Software Packages
  • Onsite Repair Service
  • Charger

Suggested Donation amount

The parental donation each month is £20 per student device paid by direct debit over a 36 month commitment.

What happens if I can’t afford to donate £20 per month?

Everyone who wants to participate in the scheme will have access to a device regardless of their circumstances. If you would like to participate in the scheme but feel that you are unable to contribute some or all of the suggested donations please contact the IT Services Team.

You may opt out of the scheme if you wish to do so. Loan laptops are provided, subject to availability, during school hours but your child will not be able to take a device home and may have to share one with another pupil.

Does the package include anti-virus software?

Yes, each device comes with anti-virus installed.  Access to the internet both at home and in school is monitored closely by the IT Services Team. Please contact Student Services should you have any concerns around internet safety for your child.

Can my child bring their own device to school?

Unfortunately this is not an option.

Will we own the device at the end of the 3 years?

Yes, subject to a transfer of ownership fee. However until the final contribution is made the device will remain the property of Perins School.  Therefore the laptop must not be personalised in anyway, although the school will accept personalisation of the protective carry case. Should your child leave Perins mid-scheme the laptop and accessories should be returned to school on or before their last day.

Can the device be used at school after 3 years ?

Yes, but please remember the warranty and insurance will no longer be valid, although the school will assist in resolving software issues.

What does the insurance cover?

The cover is for accidental damage and theft claims. The device should be kept in its case at all times and the insurers may well ask to inspect the case in the event of a claim.

Is there an excess for each claim?

The administration fee for the first claim is £10, second claim £20 & third claim £40. As school property, we expect the device to be cared for appropriately and would not expect to receive more than 3 incidents during the scheme.

Why do I need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration?

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations made to school.  The extra 25% that we can claim from the Government, at no extra cost to yourself greatly helps us to support the scheme.

Who collects the direct debits?

We use a third party company (Freedom Tech Ltd) to collect the donations on our behalf.  Freedom Tech can be contacted on 0203 857 5630 or tech4learners@freedomtech.co.uk

Should you have any further questions please contact the IT Services Team.

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