Apple BYOD Program

BYOD Requirements

There will be a set of short-term loan devices available for any task that specifically requires either a laptop or an iPad for student use. Please be assured that students can still use an iPad for the entire Middle School experience, especially if they prefer a flexible and lighter device.

If you don’t currently have a device or your current device does NOT support the current operating system (iOS 14 or macOS 11.0) we recommend the following devices. If you are unsure if your current device is suitable please contact the IT Department.

Reception – Year 5 – School Provided iPad

The school will provide students in Reception to Year 5 an iPad for use in class, this is managed by the school and no additional setup is required. If you have any questions about the use of the iPad in class time please contact your class teacher.

Year 6 – 12 – Choice of iPad or Laptop

10.9-Inch iPadAir WiFi 256GB


Students are required to purchase a case with their iPad. While we do not require you to purchase a specific case we do recommend the following cases as they provide good levels of protection and functionality.

STM Dux Range

Logitech Slim Keyboard Case

Standard Machine

MacBook Air 13″ M1 8GB RAM 256GB SSD

Creative Arts (eg Music, Design Tech etc)

MacBook Pro 14″ M1 Pro 16GB RAM 512GB SSD

Due to the greater focus on digital content in the creative arts we recommend a higher spec machine for anyone studying these subjects. This machine offers the additional power for the more complex software required for these subjects.

While we do not require you to purchase a cover for you laptop we do recommend it, below are some good options that you may want to consider.

InCase Hardshell for MacBook Pro

Current Devices

Please note the above devices are recommended for anyone needing to purchase a device now. If you already have an Apple device and it is capable of running the latest OS (either iOS 13 for iPad or macOS 10.15 Catalina) your device may already meet our requirements.

If you are unsure that your current device meets our minimum requirements, please feel free to contact the IT Department who will be happy to assist you.


AppleCare has recently been updated and represents much better value than previous years, not only does it provide for additional technical support direct from Apple. It also provides a low-cost device replacement option in case of accidental breakage.

AppleCare is not required but we strongly encourage you to consider this especially if you are concerned about accidental damage. You can find out more about AppleCare using the links below.


All students in Years 6 -12 are required to bring their own set of headphones, however we do NOT recommend wireless headphones for classroom use as these can get lost and difficult to use in a large group with many devices at once.

The type of headphones is entirely a personal choice, however students must not use noise cancelling headphones for safety reasons.

We recommend purchasing a standard set of headphones that can be used exclusively for school work.

All other accessories are optional. If you would like any advice on additional accessories you would like to purchase please contact the IT Department


The school will provide Microsoft Office and the Adobe suites for student laptops.

It is also increasingly important to install Anti Virus and Malware software particularly on laptops and this will be the responsibility of students. We use and recommend Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac.


Students are responsible for the backup of their own device and we support any of the following methods to backup your devices.

  • iCloud (iPad or Mac)
  • Time Machine

When you purchase an Apple device you are given a free iCloud storage plan to backup your devices, however we usually find this is not enough to successfully backup the entire device. We recommend that you purchase additional iCloud storage. The most popular plan is the 50Gb plan for $1.49 per month.

Document Storage

The school can also provide students with access to 1Terabyte of free cloud storage as part of the schools Office 365 subscription, this can be used to store and access your documents at school or at home. It is important to note that while you can access your documents on both your iPad and Mac this is not an effective method of backing up your devices.

Setup and Additional information

We will be offering parent information sessions throughout January for anyone seeking assistance in setting up their new device. At these sessions we will cover the setup process and provide further information about the following services.

  • Printing and Internet Access
  • Family Sharing
  • Cloud Services
  • ScreenTime
  • Office 365
  • Adobe Cloud

New student accounts will be created on the 2nd of January after this time students will have access to email and other school resources. Any current students will have access throughout the holiday period.

You can book your setup session using this link.

If you have any questions about the technology requirements at Walford please contact the IT Department.

Kyle Heading
IT Operations Manager
P: 08 8291 3156

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