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Portishead Primary School

swcomms help Portishead Primary School enhance their internet and Wi-Fi connectivity to benefit both pupils and staff.

Portishead Primary School is a community school based in Portishead, Somerset. Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi were of great importance to them due to their continued investment in tablets for learning. However, the School was struggling with very poor Internet performance which affected the day to day activities of staff and pupils. As is the case with so many primary schools, the School did not have internal IT resources so they needed a supplier that could support them through the installation process and afterwards for any engineering or maintenance needs.

swcomms provided the School with a reliable, superfast ethernet over fibre to the cabinet (EoFFTC) service which delivers guaranteed, uncontended, synchronous speeds of to 20Mbps, with the option to burst to 80Mbps download, making it a cost-effective alternative to more expensive leased lines. Unlike broadband, superfast broadband, EoFFTC comes with a service level agreement to ensure maximum uptime so staff and pupils can use computers, tablets and other mobile devices without having to worry about slow and unreliable connectivity.

Cisco Meraki firewall and web filtering solution
We also installed a Cisco Meraki MX60 security appliance with a highly developed firewall and web filtering solution that meets educational standards. Whenever a device attempts to access a web page, the address is checked against a constantly updated database of URLs. Specific URL addresses can also be added to a white list to take precedence over the filter. While filtering can be a complex and time-consuming activity, the Cisco Meraki MX60 solution provides greater efficiency for the network administrator. Integration with Google and Bing SafeSearch enables a safe and secure Internet environment. YouTube for Schools integration makes managing educational content and access easy, which means the School can now introduce this as an additional learning tool.

Portishead Primary School now has all the tools they need to enable pupils to safely use their tablets without the risk of accessing unsuitable content. The School is well-prepared ahead of the Education Secretary’s imminent plans to enforce the use of web filtering to protect pupils from exploitation and radicalisation.

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