Sweethaven customer Gosden House is an outstanding school for young people with learning and additional needs, from 4-16 years of age.Caroline More, School Business Manager, talks to us about working within the confines of budgetary pressures and how Sweethaven has helped to together build a strategic plan for ICT development within this context.
Set in extensive grounds, Gosden House’s environment offers students the opportunity to explore and challenge the potential of learners in every aspect. The curriculum has a strong focus on core learning skills and communication. We aim to develop resilience, creativity and social skills in order to support young people to succeed in the workplace and live rewarding, independent lives.
Learning is tailored to suit the needs of the individual and we work in partnership with families and other agencies to support learning and development for the ‘whole child’. We have high expectations, and learners take pride in their achievements. We firmly believe that children facing the toughest challenges every day deserve the best chance to improve their life outcomes. Our children are lively and enthusiastic about every opportunity they are offered and this excitement empowers them to try new things and to engage with learning.
Gosden House is a warm and vibrant learning environment with a clear vision: Growing lives, building futures.
As a special school facing continual funding pressures we needed to find a very cost effective solution that provided 24/7 expertise covering a wide range of issues. We could not secure that level of support with an internal appointment. We needed to implement a significant number of improvements and upgrades to the schools’ network, infrastructure and hardware and we could not provide that level of expertise in house.
Sweethaven provides a one-stop-shop which we have relied upon heavily. We really appreciate having a Day Technician onsite once a week. We have no other onsite IT support so this is essential for us to resolve all the day to day issues that occur.
We feel that at last we are moving towards an appropriate, up to date and robust IT system that is being professionally managed and backed up. We have a 3 year costed budget of improvements, projects and equipment replacement so we now have a clear, strategic, transparent and affordable plan taking us forward.
We are happy customers!