South West Communications Group provides Montpelier Primary School with improved internet connectivity and a secure, web filtering solution suitable for the safeguarding requrements of an education environment.
Montpelier Primary School in Plymouth serves the needs of more than 650 pupils aged between four and 11. The school is part of the The Inspiring Schools Partnership
Montpelier’s contract with their incumbent internet and web filtering supplier, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), was coming to an end and the school was keen to upgrade to a better service.
The school had become disenchanted with the service from SWGfL. Their broadband internet connection was no longer suitable for a school of its size and they needed a more robust solution that could also support their SIP connectivity for their telephone system. Meanwhile, their incumbent web filtering solution was too inflexible.
The ideal connectivity choice for any organisation is to invest in a leased line but tight school budgets meant this was not an option. Our connectivity expert sought out an improved solution to meet their budget and swcomms supplied two ethernet over fibre to the cabinet (EoFTTC) connections.
Unlike broadband, EoFTTC in uncontended, which means it is not shared by any other nearby properties. It provides 20Mbps of stable bandwidth with the ability to burst up to 80Mbps for downloads.
EoFTTC also comes with a seven-hour service level agreement (SLA), so the school would never be without their internet connection for more than a working day. Broadband does not come with an SLA, so there is no guarantee of a fix on any timescale.
The two EoFTTC connections provided a load-balancing solution whereby bandwidth is delivered from both circuits, but smartly divided depending on the number of users connected at any one time. EoFTTC is also robust enough to support SIP voice connectivity.
With their improved connectivity in place. swcomms recommended Montpelier use the S4 web filtering primary school package from Smoothwall.
Smoothwall is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation and their solutions comply with the Department of Education’s (DfE) Keeping Children Safe in Education and Prevent Duty Guidance requirements. Both outline the importance of safeguarding and the duty of care schools must adhere to ensure they protect their students and staff from any online threats and harmful content.
Technology has drastically changed how schools operate and with an increase in the adoption of new technologies having a variety of positive impacts on productivity, efficiency, teaching and student engagement, schools now recognise the importance of utilising technology to develop both academic and interpersonal skills.
Built to meet the needs of primary schools and paid for on an affordable per-school basis rather than a per-student basis, the S4 Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution serves as both a firewall and a web and content filtering tool solution.
It offers flexible age-appropriate filtering with bring your own device (BYOD) monitoring and control, plus real-time live content and analysis filtering to ensure pupils are constantly protected from any harmful content regardless of how new content is to the internet.
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