Transforming Kent School IT Systems
Specialist Independent School catering for a diverse range of needs for boys and girls age 11-19.
The West Heath School is a prestigious independent specialist education establishment located in Sevenoaks. They contacted Akita to assist with the school IT systems.
The school requested that Akita conduct an assessment of the network infrastructure, with the aim of improving both its performance and reliability.
The evaluation revealed that the state of the network was not up to the job of satisfying the needs of the 120 students and 140 staff. The cabling structure had fallen into a state of disrepair and there was no cabling diagram. As a result, it was incredibly difficult to perform infrastructure fault finding when things went wrong.
The servers also had an inadequate level of fault tolerance, meaning they would often shut down when even minor problems developed. There was also no ongoing plan to bring the ICT systems in line with what the management team wanted to achieve.
Akita devised a plan to address both the immediate and long term needs of the school’s user base. The implementation was segmented into small, clearly defined sections to allow the school’s management team to assess the immediate results of each completed phase and to ensure that the budgetary stipulations were being adhered to before moving on.
Akita assisted in making significant improvements to West Heath’s school IT systems setup. This then helped prepare the network for more advanced wireless deployment and new functionality.
Akita has since been able to provide additional IT support to the school’s in house IT team, providing ad hoc or 3rd line support as needed.