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Mill Ford School Case Study

Wi-Fi, Broadband, Smoothwall, Telephone Systems and CCTV

How Tel Group partnered with Mill Ford School in Plymouth to upgrade their Wi-Fi, Broadband, CCTV, Telephone Systems and Online Safeguarding.

THE CLIENT

Mill Ford is a school with a specialism in meeting the needs of children and young adults aged 3-19 with complex needs.

The school aspires to deliver an exciting curriculum and learning environment, but their technology and connectivity held them back.

Since 2021, Tel Group have worked with the team at Mill Ford to steadily enhance their technology, adhering to budgets and sticking to timescales to plan and prioritise each individual installation.

THE SITUATION

Mill Ford School approached Tel Group looking to enhance their teaching and learning environment with advanced technology solutions.

With a significant amount of upgrades required, including Wi-Fi / Broadband, Online Safeguarding, Telephony and CCTV, Tel Group worked with Mill Ford, and continues to do so, to provide reliable ICT solutions throughout the school.

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

THE OBJECTIVES

  • OBJECTIVE 1
    Wi-Fi and Broadband

    Improve school connectivity with a robust Wi-Fi and Broadband Solution.

  • OBJECTIVE 2
    Smoothwall

    Safeguard students from accessing harmful material on the internet.

  • OBJECTIVE 3
    Telephone Systems

    Enhance the school’s communications with a futureproof Phone System.

  • OBJECTIVE 4
    CCTV

    Improve staff, student and premise security with a reliable CCTV System.

  • OBJECTIVE 5
    Budgets

    Enhance all ICT solutions whilst managing costs and sticking to budgets.

“I can highly recommend Tel Group, both David and Brendan were amazing to work with. Nothing was too much trouble!”

– Andrea Howard, School Business Manager


WI-FI AND BROADBAND

  • OBJECTIVE:

    Improve school connectivity with a robust Wi-Fi and Broadband Solution.

THE SITUATION

With poor Wi-Fi coverage across their premises and no integration across sites, Mill Ford’s main priority was to resolve their connectivity issues.

Tel Group quickly discovered that Mill Ford School were eligible for the DfE’s ‘Connect the Classroom’ scheme, entitling them to a fully funded upgrade and saving the school thousands.

THE PROCESS

Tel Group visited Mill Ford School to begin their funded Wi-Fi overhaul and started by installing Cat 6 Ethernet cables, upgrading them from Cat 5e.

18 internal and 1 external Access Points (AP) were installed across the premises, providing a huge overhaul from their previous 9 APs.

With 3 classrooms in buildings separated from the main premises, 3 additional APs were installed to provide full network coverage on the same network.

In conjunction, Tel Group also provided Mill Ford School with Full Fibre Broadband (FTTP), equipping them with a reliable, dedicated and ultrafast broadband technology.

This robust and scalable solution has helped Mill Ford deliver the exciting curriculum and learning environment they longed for.

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

Access Points

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

Access Point Installation

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

Internal Access Point

Mill Ford Wi-Fi Cabling

Cabling Before

Mill Ford WiFi Cabling

Cabling During

Mill Ford Case Study Wifi Cabling

Cabling After

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

Integrating Sites

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

External Access Points

Mill Ford School Connect the Classroom Case Study

Wi-Fi Coverage Map


SMOOTHWALL SAFEGUARDING

  • OBJECTIVE:

    Safeguard students from accessing harmful material on the internet.

THE SITUATION

With significantly improved connectivity after their Wi-Fi and Broadband upgrade, utilisation of the internet in lessons and independent learning had increased.

Mill Ford School therefore needed to put a plan together to improve online safety for students, preventing them from accessing harmful material online.

THE PROCESS

With Smoothwall being the UK’s number one education filtering software, Tel Group installed Smoothwall’s safeguarding solutions across all devices.

This software enabled Mill Ford School to meet DfE regulations, block unauthorised content and websites and monitor usage.

They now have peace of mind knowing they can rely on Smoothwall 24/7, providing instant alerts and detailed reporting on students activity.

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Smoothwall for Education

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Smoothwall Monitoring

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Safeguarded Students

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

ICT Suite


CCTV

  • OBJECTIVE:

    Improve staff, student and premise security with a reliable CCTV System.

THE SITUATION

Looking after their students, staff and premises was of upmost importance to Mill Ford School, and they knew CCTV was the perfect safeguarding solution for this.

Although they previously had CCTV cameras around the premises, supplied by Tel Group a few years prior, they decided it was time to increase the quantity of cameras to provide maximum security.

THE PROCESS

Tel Group visited site to upgrade the CCTV system and install new cameras, consisting of 7 internal dome cameras and 9 external bullet cameras. As a thank you for continuing to use Tel Group as their trusted supplier, free yearly maintenance for the old cameras was provided.

As Mill Ford is a special school, contractors entering the premises whilst students are present sometimes makes the students feel quite anxious. To accommodate for this, all work was conducted out of school hours to prevent being intrusive during the school day, ensuring the premises were fully secured when completed.

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Exterior Camera

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Camera Install

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Exterior Camera

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Exterior Camera

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Exterior Camera

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

Exterior Camera

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

CCTV Monitor

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

CCTV Coverage Map

Mill Ford School Case Study - CCTV, telephone systems, Broadband, Wi-Fi and Smoothwall for schools

CCTV Cabling


TELEPHONE SYSTEMS

  • OBJECTIVE:

    Enhance the school’s communications with a futureproof Phone System.

THE SITUATION

Currently using an outdated analogue telephone system and having extra budget to work with after saving on their Wi-Fi upgrade, Mill Ford decided it was time to upgrade their telephone system.

They also knew the BT Switch Off was approaching, so it made complete financial sense to upgrade.

THE PROCESS

Tel Group visited site to install their brand new hosted telephone system which included 18 extensions and complete staff training, providing the school with seamless communications.

Mill Ford School Case Study - Telecoms, CCTV, Wi-Fi, Broadband, Smoothwall

Phone System

Mill Ford School Case Study - Telecoms, CCTV, Wi-Fi, Broadband, Smoothwall

Telephone Training


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