Despite being able to trace its history back to the 13th century, Lincoln Minster School had its eyes firmly trained on the future when it recognised the need to augment traditional teaching methods with mobile devices.
With an ageing wired network, no wireless across its historic city centre campus, and coming under increased pressure to comply with Government safeguarding legislation, including the Prevent Strategy, the school turned to LAN3.
Lincoln Minster School faced the same issue many education establishments face when looking to make use of technology in the classroom: - how to offer connectivity to devices that support teaching, while keeping students safe, and the school compliant with e-safety and Government legislation.
Simon Cornish, Network and Systems Manager, said: “We needed to be able to provide far better reporting and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team on all aspects of our network, including logging student usage of the internet, if we were going to integrate technology into the day-to-day learning experiences of our pupils.”
But with research from LAN3 showing 72% of schools facing an overall reduction in their IT spend, Lincoln Minster School needed to be able to provide this secure connection in a cost-effective manner.
Cornish continued: “Cost was a key driver due to restricted budgets. We wanted a fast, reliable and scalable network. The wireless had to be easy to manage and extend as we grow. We’re a small team working over three sites.”
“ LAN3 has exceeded my expectations in all departments. Everyone bent over backwards to help, with a friendly, yet professional attitude. The aftercare with LAN3 through the Service Centre is exceptional."
"LAN3 has become my first choice, and subsequently my only supplier, of wireless technology. ”
Network and Systems Manager, Lincoln Minster School
Immediately after installation the reporting and monitoring tools inherent within the Aerohive solution LAN3 recommended provided greater visibility over the school’s network, and allowed Simon to make informed IT policy decisions, with a much clearer understanding of what was happening.
“We now spend less time looking for potential problems on our network. We can see very early if a problem is likely to arise”, Cornish continued.
With LAN3’s solution in place, Lincoln Minster School has fully adopted BYOD technology in the classroom, delivering a personalised learning experience to students, and has done so while fully compliant with the Prevent Strategy.