The Royal School, Wolverhampton, has a long history of educational excellence dating back to 1850. But it also embraces the role that technology plays in driving innovation in the education of its students and the development of the school.
When the senior leadership team decided to install a large-scale digital display in the school’s main hall, it knew it needed a technologically advanced solution that would also be sympathetic to the heritage of the historic room.
Showcasing innovation, preserving heritage
‘The Queen Victoria Hall is an old room steeped in history which is the main meeting point of the school. We wanted a solution that would showcase the latest in technological innovation,’ recalls Mark Heywood, Principal at The Royal. ‘The aesthetics were really important. We wanted a screen that the viewer wouldn’t actually see when it was in use. It needed to show visitors to the school as well as members of the school community what The Royal is about.’
Due to the requirements of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the school had to approach government-recommended suppliers first to take the project forward. But none of these companies wasable to fully take on board the vision of The Royal’s Principal. Their suggestions that the school use a screen mounted on a trolley that could be wheeled out of the hall when not in use fell wide of the mark.
Instead, the school turned to its trusted ICT partner, Concero, for help.
‘I wanted the display to be really cutting edge, to set a benchmark for the technology you see in schools,’ explains Mark Heywood. ‘Concero came up with something that provides high-quality AV as well as a wow factor.’
Support every step of the way
The school has worked closely with ICT consultancy, Concero, for several years – in fact, the experts at Concero provide the school with a fully managed, outsourced, on-site ICT department. So the team understood the requirements of the project straightaway and appreciated that the new display would need to communicate to staff, students and visitors, the school’s commitment to using technology to create a vibrant, modern environment.
‘We knew there was a solution out there that would meet the requirements of the school – it was just a question of tracking it down,’ explains Concero Director of Business Development and Marketing, Bradley Clegg.
‘Eventually, we found a product that had been used in a church and did everything the school wanted it to. It worked well in the church so we knew it would work well in the Queen Victoria Hall, which has similar proportions and a similar sense of grandeur.’
‘The state-of-the-art Smart Glass product can be switched at the touch of a button from an opaque screen to a transparent display onto which floating images can be projected.’
Concero staff accompanied representatives from the school to visit the screen manufacturer and led the procurement process. The ICT services provider also project managed the installation of the display, working with contractors over a four-week period.
This is the most recent and highest-profile project that Concero has managed for the school during their successful, long-standing collaboration.
‘We’ve had a long process where Bradley and James have analysed what we’ve wanted and worked closely with us in a very personal way to deliver that,’ adds Principal Mark Heywood. ‘We’ve taken the school from very little ICT to a place where we’re beginning to be cutting-edge and to set the tone for the future.’
To find out how Concero could work with your school or MAT to deliver state-of-the-art ICT solutions, call 0333 111 0004 or visit concerouk.com today.