School Equipment

Every student is expected to provide the following basic items of equipment for every lesson:

  • DSC_6146Black or blue ballpoint pen
  • Pencil (and a spare)
  • Pencil eraser
  • Coloured pencils/fine fibre tips
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pair of compasses
  • Ruler 12”/30cm
  • Calculator
  • Protractor
  • Rough Notebook/Jotter
  • Set square


Tipp-Ex®/Liquid Paper is not allowed in school and must not be used in any school work.

Text books and specialised equipment will be issued on loan and students will be required to pay for any loss or damage to school property.


School Equipment Tips

Although we are working towards reducing the weight of school bags, some students still carry all their books into school every day. Research has shown that this can contribute to back problems later in life. In the first few weeks, establish a routine for ‘emptying the bag’ to ensure that only books required for that day will be taken into school.

Encourage your child to glue any worksheet/odd bits of paper into their workbook if possible each night. This makes it easier to study at a later date.

Ensure your child checks his/her planner for any reminders/notes each night.

Sometimes your child will have to bring in ingredients for Home Economics. Children enjoy cooking, and it is an important life skill. It is better to get ingredients in good time to avoid any difficulties on the day. These are usually noted in the diary one week in advance.

Special requirements may apply to other subjects.


ICT Equipment

St Paul’s High School is a Centre of Excellence for ICT, and students are encouraged to make creative use of ICT where possible in their learning.  We hope your child will find these experiences worthwhile and useful and they will make learning fun and enjoyable.

We have excellent ICT provision in St Paul’s, and students are welcome to use computers in the School Library and in the ICT suite before and after school.  Your child may find it beneficial to have home access to a computer, digital camera and microphone, which will allow nearly all ICT tasks to be completed.  We’re happy to provide advice on particular computer hardware and software that you may be interested in.


Mobile Phones / Mobile Technologies

The use of mobile phones and other mobile technologies is something which we are trialing with some classes in St Paul’s.

On occasion, a teacher may ask a student to take their mobile device to school as part of a project or to use some of the technology which exists on these devices. On this occasion pupils will be permitted to bring their mobile device to school. They will only be permitted to use the device as part of a specific lesson under the instruction of their class teacher.

At all other times, the use of mobile phones is not permitted in St Paul’s High School.