Academies and multiple school sites can now also benefit from taking a Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) . This allows multiple schools to privately connect together from anywhere in the UK, so they can share services and resources over high speed network links (up to 10Gbit). Traffic doesn’t touch the internet and is 100% secure.
Schools Broadband can host your servers or create virtual servers for you in our carrier-class data centre, meaning that there’ll be no duplication of multiple on-site servers for groups of schools. This reduces hardware, licensing and maintenance costs and also gives you the reassurance of disaster recovery.
When combined with our cloud-based FortiGate security and Lightspeed Systems Content Filtering Service, Trusts and multiple school sites have complete control of all policies across their schools using just one easy-to-use interface.
For multiple school sites please click here to download further information.
If you are an Academy Trust and would like to read more about our services to Academy Trusts, download our dedicated brochure.
Learn more about the services that are provided with your broadband by clicking on any of the boxes underneath.
|Unified Threat Management from Fortinet|
|Web filtering and reporting from Lightspeed Systems|
|Free unlimited Mobile Device Management for the first year of your contract|
The Faringdon Academy of Schools (FAoS) is a Multi-School Academy in Oxfordshire consisting of an infant school, 6 primary schools and a secondary school with a sixth form.
Chris Bennett, the IT Network Administrator at Faringdon explains why they chose to move their schools to Schools Broadband:
“We initially moved 3 primaries and our secondary school to Schools Broadband in July 2013 when our local authority ceased their service. We went to tender for multiple providers, and chose Schools Broadband because of their knowledge and the school environment. We were very impressed with their web filtering solution, and the way the company was run. The communication and support was good, and the management side of the firewall was safe and reliable.
Our Academy Trust has continued to grow and as we were so pleased with the service from Schools Broadband, we decided to move over an additional 4 primaries to them, some of whom we were with a Local Authority but others with another independent provider. We migrated them all in September 2014 and were kept informed at all three stages of the migration. On installation day, the technical team were very efficient, but more importantly, easy to talk to. They do their utmost for the customer and ensure that any downtime is kept to a minimum.
We now have all 8 of our schools on Schools Broadband. Although cheaper than our previous provider(s) the main benefit for us is the web filtering. IT is used for a majority of lessons now rather than just ICT. With a lot of ‘hosted’ applications, such as SIMs, a steady reliable and fast internet connection is an absolute necessity for us.
We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Schools Broadband to anyone and feel they offer a service which compares to none. As an academy, all our schools are delighted with the service that is provided”.