Shaping young minds is as demanding as it is responsible. So when the connectivity needs of your school start to outgrow the capabilities of your IT network and the budget is tight, it’s important to keep your wits about you and be smart about the modernization project. The story of Harrogate Grammar School proves that with the right solution, it is more than possible to achieve exceptional network performance while keeping the costs down!
Providing a 1:1 learning environment, inclusive to all, that helps optimize student potential is integral to what we do. We needed a consistent and reliable network connection to provide continuous access to education resources. Unfortunately, with our existing network, staff and students started to face disruption to their learning due to connectivity issues. Using Extreme Networks and NETprotocol has allowed us to completely upend our solution and deliver a seamless learning experience.
Iain Hails, Network Services Manager, Harrogate Grammar School
Having supported Academic Trusts and Education clients for many years, we were delighted when the Red Kite Learning Trust contacted us to resolve their networking challenges. Harrogate Grammar School has led the way from a digital learning and technology perspective for many years, which gradually brought them ongoing frustrations with regards network access and reliability. Our focus was to initially understand the layout of the building so we could design a solution that would effortlessly meet future needs and they could continue to uphold their reputation for providing the world-class educational environment they are recognized for. Extreme’s Cloud IQ technology was by far the most simple, cost effective and reliable way of doing this.
Paul Rylett, Technical Lead, NETprotocol
- Enhanced connectivity for all users: the solution provided by Extreme Networks has enabled staff, students and guests to operate more than 2,500 devices throughout the school at any given time. It provides a reliable and scalable network structure capable of catering for any future growth in the number of devices.
- Full control and visibility to IT staff: the cloud-driven network technology has provided the IT team with a secure and centralized network management solution. It enables the team to move access points and routers without any disruption to network connectivity.
- Eliminated network access issues and delays: with the deployment of the new network students and staff are able to access any given resource without delay anywhere on the site and at any time.
At Harrogate Grammar School, we wanted students and staff to be able to effortlessly access any given resource within 30 seconds of entering a classroom, anywhere on the site and at any time - no mean feat within a densely populated wireless environment. But, with the deployment of ExtremeCloud IQ, from Extreme Networks and NETprotocol, we have achieved this. Our advanced network is now capable of coping with anything we throw at it, with lessons now delivered uninterrupted and without falter, and support requests have reduced to zero, saving valuable IT time and resources.
David Burns, Trust IT Manager, Red Kite Learning Trust
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