Remote Access

Students and staff can access school systems remotely in two ways:

Webmail allows you to access your email account just as if you were at school, click here to access webmail. Settings for Third Party email clients such as Outlook Express can be found here.

Remote Desktop (also known as Terminal Services) allows you to access Leek High’s computer system as if you were sitting at a computer inside the school, you get access to the software on the main system, printers, and your files. Settings for Windows 7, 8 and 10, Mac OS, and Linux can be found below.

Windows 7, 8 & 10

These instructions use the built in RDP client in Windows 7, 8 & 10.

  1. Read ALL of the instructions in this section FIRST!
  2. Ensure you have read and possibly even printed the table titled “Key Combinations when using Remote Access” which can also be found on the general Information section…
  3. Choose the best option (with or without sound) from the two links below.
  4. When a box pops up asking you if you want to Open or Save the file, choose “Open”. You may get a warning window saying “A website wants to open web content using this program on your computer” click the “Allow” button to continue.
  5. Your computer will then try to connect to Leek High’s Network. You may get a second security warning at this point about sharing drives, this feature allows you to transfer files between school and home, choose “Connect” to continue. (If your computer does not try to connect or displays a page of text, click here for instructions on how to connect manually)
  6. When you get to the Login Prompt, first ensure “Workstation Only” is NOT ticked then log in as normal.
  7. When you have finished choose “Start” then “Logoff”.

Connect to Leek High’s Network without sound (use for slow connections)

Connect to Leek High’s Network with sound (use with faster connections only)

Alternative Method

Some school and library firewalls may block the above methods, choosing the link below and prepending your username with “leek\” for the first password prompt only may help you connect.

Connect to Leek High’s network via alternative method

Mac OS

A client for Mac from Microsoft is on the Apple App Store: microsoft-remote-desktop

For iPads:

2X Client at

Once a client has been installed launch it and enter one of the addresses below, either should work:


We have limited experience using Linux as a desktop at Leek High, however you can find information and downloads from the rdesktop home page. You should then be able to use the settings below to connect to our system.

If you are setting up a connection manually to Leek High’s system you will need the following DNS or IP address:

Remote Desktop Client for Linux

We have had success while using UBUNTU Linux (Lucid, Precise, Trusty and Xenial have been tested)

In a terminal (these commands can be copy and pasted):

sudo apt-get install rdesktop

(You may already have it installed)

Then to launch it from a terminal:

rdesktop -f -k en-gb -a16