We design and deploy plenty of communications solutions for schools but we find independent schools more challenging as their needs are more complicated.
Like all educational establishments, independent schools are looking to digital transformation to try to find cost savings and to be more efficient. However, whereas state schools have been historically constrained by the county council services offered to them, independent schools have always had the freedom to choose where they purchase their goods and services from.
For instance, whereas state-funded schools and academies may have used Grid for Learning services for their internet connectivity and web filtering, independent schools often bought more cost-effective and efficient services on the open market.
In recent years, state schools have started doing the same as our recent infographic reveals. In addition to internet connectivity and web filtering, they are looking to businesses like swcomms for their telephony services, Wi-Fi and, even, IT support. Again, independent schools are one step ahead, not only because they can, but because they have had to be.
Independent schools often encompass large sites accommodating old buildings. Rather than year groups, these schools are run on house systems, have boarders, have longer days and staff live on site. Their communications needs are far more complex so they have had to seek out solutions that have been a step up from the norm.
We have delivered such solutions to Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Stowe School, among many others and these have included the following elements:
Obviously, these elements can be applied to state schools too. We design bespoke solutions that suit the particular school or college we are working with and use innovative technology to meet their requirements...whatever they are.
If you want to find out more about the solutions we have delivered to the aforementioned independent schools, you can download the case studies here Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Stowe School or give me a call and I would be happy to discuss your needs.