Formed in 2005, Newcastle School for Boys caters for 400 boys: the junior school comprises early years, infants and juniors catering for nursery, reception and all the way up to Year 6 while the senior school houses Years 7 to 11 and a Sixth Form. In 2015, the school engaged Calibre’s expertise to head-up a comprehensive IT review, which identified a number of requirements:
A new strategic plan that would include providing best value advice around the existing IT system, specifically looking at network and Wi-Fi improvements
A reliable, robust and secure infrastructure to drive e-Learning platforms
Senior level management support and advice provided on an on-going basis
Calibre completed an assessment/review of the school’s IT equipment and Wi-Fi before producing a strategic plan that laid out clear priorities and recommendations for improvements, including better utilisation of existing technology and eLearning platforms.
A reliable, robust and functional new enterprise grade network constructed around Cisco Meraki and new switching technologies was also installed by Calibre. This will ensure a fit-for-purpose, safe and secure IT system is available for the next five years that will secure the existing and future e-Learning requirements of pupils, teachers and support staff campus-wide.
Phase II (currently underway) will involve the relocation of the school’s internet services with Calibre lending network support. The on-going work will see an upgrade of the network software summer 2016, before the internet service is relocated in early 2017.
Calibre’s infrastructure overhaul has resolved reliability issues – the network has significantly improved, while technologies are now more fit-for-purpose. Safe and secure BYOD access is significantly better, providing improved access to learning on and off the school’s premises, while improved access for remote log-on and learning is anticipated.
Improved account management is another benefit of engagement with Calibre. The availability of key people and a 24/7 help-desk has impressed alongside effective insight and the technical knowledge and expertise to address and resolve issues quickly with effective solutions and foresight.Posted by Calibre Web Team Posted on 08 Jun