It pays to shop around. This proved to be true for St Lawrence Church of England Primary Academy and Pre-School when it realised that the service it was receiving from its existing broadband provider was holding back the performance of its ICT.
The school had been tied in to an expensive broadband contract for many years but the level of service it was receiving was poor. Connectivity was unreliable, and with pupils routinely using the internet as part of their learning more and more, the school’s broadband was not keeping pace with change.
‘The school had benefitted from the Priority School Building programme and had a lot of great ICT kit already in place,’ recalls Bradley Clegg, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Concero. ‘But its broadband was out of date. You can invest in the best technology but you will never be able to maximise its potential unless you have the right infrastructure, too. It’s like owning a Ferrari but only having a dirt track to drive it on.’
The Gnosall school approached Concero to see if it could get a better deal on its broadband provision. As it turns out, it could.
A better deal on broadband
‘Concero has access to a range of modern broadband services,’ explains Concero co-founder, Bradley. ‘We searched the market for a service that would offer St Lawrence – and other Staffordshire schools – a better deal on broadband. We identified the right, future-proofed solution for the school, providing faster, reliable connectivity for about a third of the price that it had been paying.’
Concero seamlessly project managed the switch from the school’s existing broadband provider to the new Concero service, ensuring the school had uninterrupted broadband access throughout the process.
‘Now, a dedicated broadband line provides unparalleled connectivity at the school, no matter how many children or adults are accessing the internet at any one time,’ Bradley continues. ‘This has huge benefits in the classroom and for the administration and day-to-day running of the school.’
‘Because we manage the broadband supply, we can make any changes to it within a matter of hours to meet the school’s changing needs.’
Flexible filtering to protect children and empower teachers
Finally, a layer of clever filtering was added, restricting the children’s web access enough to keep them safe online, while removing restrictions for staff to give them access to a wide range of high-quality online teaching resources.
‘Each phase of this project was clearly set out for senior leaders in the three-year ICT development plan that we created for the school completely free of charge,’ Concero’s Bradley notes. ‘All the solutions we have put in place are data secure, encrypted, and meet DfE and Ofsted guidelines, which provides peace of mind for the school.’
To find out how your school could benefit from high-speed broadband internet provision and secure, flexible filtering, call Concero on 0333 111 0004 or visit concerouk.com.