Student Acceptable Use Policy

This policy is to be read and understood by all students. The policy works in conjunction with Ashbourne College’s E-Safety Policy and Student Behaviour and Exclusions Policy. This policy is public on the website and is available on request.

Social Media – The use of social media for non educational purposes is prohibited to students on all school computers and common area computers during school hours except between 1pm and 2pm. Students should not make any attempt to add Ashbourne staff as “friends” or “follow” them on any social media; they will not accept, and it may put them in an awkward position professionally.

Students are reminded that what they put on social media is permanent and could not only affect the reputation of themselves and the college, but damage their employment prospects in the future. Should any material come to the College’s attention that is defamatory, derogatory, offensive, abusive, bullying or in anyway contravenes the ethos and/or reputation of the College, we will act in accordance with our policies on Student Behaviour and Exclusions and Anti-bullying.

Remember that everything you put on social media is stored forever and no longer owned by you. Think before you post!

Internet Access – Students must respect the internet at Ashbourne and not access or attempt to access sites containing any of the following: pornography; child abuse; promotion of racial or religious hatred or discrimination; anything tagged NSFW (Not Safe For Work); gambling; any other content that could be considered offensive or discriminative.

Library and common area computers – Students must respect all of the IT equipment provided by Ashbourne. If there is a problem with one of the computers or printers please inform a college administrator and they will contact the Facilities department. Applications should not be downloaded onto the computers unless prior consent is given by the Facilities Department.

Printing – Ashbourne is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and asks that students only print when absolutely necessary in order to prevent waste. If misprints occur please properly recycle waste paper in the recycling bins provided.

Email – All students are issued with an Ashbourne email account on joining the college, which includes Google Drive access, this email address and associated Google add ons are not for personal use. At the end of your course at Ashbourne, you will have access until the 1st October of that year,  after which you will not have access to your Ashbourne email account. Should you leave the College at a non-transitional point in the year, you will be contacted by our Registration Officer regarding the disabling of your email account.

Airplay streaming – Many classrooms at Ashbourne allow airplay streaming to projectors and speakers, these are password protected and students must not attempt to access them via phones, tablets, laptops or any other smart device without the permission of the teacher. Attempts to do so, successful or otherwise, will be taken very seriously and can be traced.

Mobile Phones, Smart Phones and Tablets – Mobile phones, Smart Phones and Tablets are permitted on the premises but are not to be used during lesson hours, when they should be switched off unless given consent by the teacher for educational purposes. It is not permitted for students to take photos of fellow students without their permission; doing so will be regarded as cyber bullying and will be taken very seriously by the college.

Comments and Complaints – We welcome comments and complaints but these should be made through the appropriate channels. Details of the Complaints Policy can be found on our website.

Students are reminded that the use of Ashbourne College email and Ashbourne College computers is monitored.


Authorised by
The Principal

September 2021

Effective date of the policy
September 2021

Teaching staff / all staff / parents / Students on request

Review date
September 2022


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