Education Solution Case Study
Customer: St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
School Size: 398 Pupils
Age Range: 4-11
School Type: Voluntary Aided School
Location: Loughton, Essex
St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Loughton is a mainstream voluntary aided school for girls and boys aged 4 to 11.
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Was St John Fisher Primary in Loughton the first school EVER to adopt Windows 10?
St John Fisher Primary has completely transformed their relationship with technology to become one of the first schools in the country to deploy Windows 10. The deployment began on the actual day of release, July 29th 2015.
With support from Atlantec, this two form entry Catholic primary school for girls and boys knew it was time to invest in technology to help it meet its current and future challenges. One challenge faced by the school was to address its ageing IT infrastructure.
There is growing evidence to suggest that ICT in schools is no longer just about ‘how to use’ a computer or an application. Atlantec knows that Improving student engagement and learning outcomes is a top priority for any school and by helping define and incorporate technology into everyday learning can significantly improve the chances of meeting that goal.
The second challenge faced by SJF was a financial one. Restrictive ICT budgets had led the school to tackle ICT challenges from a reactive (break-fix) standpoint meaning that their operational as well as capital costs were always sporadic and difficult to predict.
To address these challenges, St John Fisher decided to work with Atlantec, a Microsoft Education Partner who is committed to helping academic institutions maximise their investments in ICT to support a more effective learning environment. Atlantec took a holistic approach in helping SJF define their vision for anytime, anywhere learning whilst helping the school to liberate both time and budget.
"In order to stabilise their budgets, we knew it made sense to implement an aaS (as a service) model" , says Jean-Marc Pampellonne, the MD at Atlantec. "The world is moving to a consumption based model helping eliminate those spikes in financial outlays while staying current with the latest technologies."
Harnessing the Power of Cloud
Office 365 for Education is available to schools at no cost and forms a core component of the overall solution. With OneNote, Skype, SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and other tools like Office Mix and Sway, St John Fisher would be well equipped to take interactivity in the classroom to another level.
The school entered into an OVS-ES licensing subscription entitling it to an always up-to-date Microsoft software catalogue such as Office 2016. As an added bonus, the school can now offer the full desktop version of Office 2016 to every student to install at home.
Built for Schools
The hardware refresh consisted of a blend of HP Pro 612 Tablets and HP Pro Tablet 10 EE devices for teachers and students. Atlantec arranged these through HP in a 'Device As A Service' offering. This now means the school only pays a fixed amount every month to secure an always up-to-date End User Device. Every three years, the school will now receive brand new hardware.
Next, Atlantec consolidated and virtualised the school's server estate on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Windows 10 was selected as the new desktop operating system, Microsoft SQL Server 2014 for database management (Capita SIMS) and cloud-based Microsoft Intune for systems management and endpoint protection.
The entire IT project was carried out by Atlantec during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption to pupils and teaching staff with the Windows 10 deployment commencing on the day of release, July 29th.
A Complete Transformation
The Windows 10 deployment that Atlantec undertook has completely transformed the learning environment at St John Fisher. The school is now proudly pioneering the latest technology with Windows 10 and Office 365 to serve as the platform for anywhere anytime learning. St John Fisher is now leading the way for others to aspire to.