You are no doubt aware that, as part of the pupils’ curriculum enhancement and the development of ICT skills, High Down schools provide supervised access to the Internet.  Pupils are regularly given opportunities to use websites designed to support their learning.  They are also taught research and evaluation skills to help them use the Internet effectively and efficiently.

Although there have been concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with that possibility.  Our broadband Internet service provider, The South-West Grid for Learning, is a consortium of the region’s Local Education Authorities and operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.  All of our computers are in public view and, as stated above, access is supervised.   Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.

The SMART rules:

SAFE              –       stay safe, don’t give out personal information

MEETING        –      only meet someone from the internet with your parents

ACCEPTING     –      emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems

RELIABLE       –      information on the Internet may not be true

TELL              –       a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable

We are, as you can see, taking our responsibilities in this area very seriously indeed.  To this end, we would ask that you read the ‘Pupil Internet Agreement’ with your child.  Our full Internet Policy can also be found on the Policy section of this website.


In High Down we make sure all of our internet searches are done through the ‘Swiggle’ search engine.

This ensures that the children are accessing filtered, child friendly resources for their needs in and out of school.

Digital Leaders 2020-21

In each class at the junior school we have our ‘Digital Leaders’.

Year 3 – Sophie, Logan, Elsie, Oliver, Daniel and Florrie

Year 4 – Chloe, Freddie, Emily, Jack Bella and James

Year 5 – Poppy, Joel, Lauren and Dexter

Year 6 – Caitlin, Ellie, Reuben, Zoe, Phoebe and Isaac

It is their job to take the views of the class and report back to the other leaders at designated meetings.

“As part of being a digital leader, junior children get the chance to take part in intergenerational projects based in and around Portishead  and neighbouring towns. Here is an example of their hard work from previous year.”


E-safety Resources

We  wanted to highlight some very useful e-safety resources available for parents and hope you will explore some of the sites in the information below:

E-safety newsletters can be found following this link to the newsletter section.

Internet Matters provides useful up to date support for parents

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