Cressey College has a long record of succeeding with very complex students, where all previous schools other schools have failed. These students are amongst the most disadvantaged children in society, but we often succeed in transforming their lives and in enabling them to become positive contributors to society, as opposed to lifelong burdens. This was formally recognised in our recent Ofsted Inspection report of March 2018; and by the 2017 Croydon Business awards, at which Cressey won the Contribution to the Community category. Here from Brian Usher, Operations and Contracts Manager at Cressey College:
Cressey College comprises of a group of 6 small Schools. These sites are deliberately small, and deliberately offer different SEMH environments so that we can meet the needs of more students. In terms of student numbers, the smallest site has 10 students, and the largest has 43. Five of these schools are in the Croydon area, and one is in Merton. When viewed as a whole, Cressey College is a substantial Special Needs school.
Cressey College never sits still and as demand for places continues, we continually look at ways of meeting these needs which often includes forming new teams and/or increasing the number of sites which we have.
Cressey College’s growth meant that we needed the support of an ICT provider to ensure delivery of all our IT resources across our increasing site footprint. We had previously used numerous providers for supplying our IT equipment and the advice we sometimes received from them was not always in our interest. We were also finding it difficult to maintain all of our IT equipment so needed some support in this area.
Cressey College choose Sweethaven because it had experience within the Education sector, was fairly local and looked like a company which we could build a relationship with for the benefit of both partners. Sweethaven has taken much of the pressure off teams and personnel who have a lot of other work to do, and very limited knowledge of IT. It has allowed us to increase the number of our sites and associated personnel with an IT network which supports them and allows them to do their jobs - educate children.
Our Day Tech is onsite 1 day a week and this allows him to fix problems onsite for us, rather than releasing the IT equipment to go back to Sweethaven Offices. This means that there is usually a quicker turn-around for repairs to be made. He is also available to trouble shoot any issues that have arisen or ensure the Senior Leadership Team are able to fully utilise the IT infrastructure.
I would suggest they look for a provider who has experience within the Education sector, offers unbiased advice and is professional at all times. I have found that Sweethaven deliver in all these areas and I would thoroughly recommend them.