IT support for education

Sweethaven Computers works with schools to both maintain their current systems and plan for improvement. Support and training is provided alongside implementation to guarantee full functionality.

Free consultative ICT Planning brought Sandcross School’s systems back to a healthy condition. This provided the platform for progression of a longer-term ICT development strategy that employed a joined up approach and avoided future nancial cyclical nightmares.

The Customer

Sandcross Primary School is an LA-maintained primary school and nursery in Reigate, Surrey. The school was formed in 2009 by the merging of Sandcross Junior School and The Orchards Infant School. The school’s long-term vision is for every child to become “con dent, articulate, literate, numerate and better prepared to cope with life’s challenges”.

The Challenge

A recent merger of the two schools produced a lack of cohesiveness between the two respective ICT systems. The ICT systems could not grow with the school and the ICT infrastructure was such that it did not ful l the new school’s requirements and needs. The end goal was therefore to provide a holistic, simple and scalable solution alongside comprehensive IT support to restore faith in classroom ICT and further enhance student learning.

The Solution

Over the course of two years, Sweethaven provided Sandcross with a detailed roadmap that enabled the school to gradually build in bespoke solutions without causing disruption to current infrastructure and workability.

This roadmap included an upgraded redundant virtualised server environment for an enhanced disaster recovery solution, an upgraded wireless network to increase coverage across the whole school and a superior network infrastructure.

New classroom equipment was also provided to enhance learning via interactive whiteboards and teacher and pupil laptops.

Furthermore, a sustainable support mechanism was implemented through Sweethaven’s tiered support structure. Support ranged from front-line staff working directly in the classrooms to emergency network engineer cover and on-going consultancy as and when required. This continual support ensured reliability of and con dence in Sandcross’ enhanced ICT systems.

The Benefits

Through careful planning and identi cation of the key areas for improvement, Sweethaven was able to assist Sandcross in re-gaining faith in their ICT systems to ultimately enhance classroom learning.

The solutions implemented enable scalable systems that can adapt to and cater for future growth of the school. The upgrades have ensured that Sandcross now meets the requirements of the new computing curriculum.

With the aid of on-going consultancy, Sandcross is now able to ensure a more manageable budget through regular, planned ICT expenditure.

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