When it came to IT, St Peter-in-Thanet CEJ School was once behind the times. However since undergoing a radical upgrade of its technology, it is now very much leading the way.
With a dated and severely limited computer suite and not enough laptops to go around, the school – based in Broadstairs, Kent – was facing a predicament: to replace all the computers or introduce new technology altogether.
It decided on the latter and, according to ICT Co-ordinator Debbi Spurgin, it was one of the best decisions they ever made, thanks to the expertise and comprehensive support from Stormfront.
We wanted all pupils to have the chance to use a device both in school and at home to improve their learning, while also wanting lessons to be exciting and engaging. Added to this, we needed a device that was easy and intuitive to use.
We'd previously purchased two trolleys of 16 laptops which, although mobile, still had to be timetabled, so we were unsure where to go from there.
The school then became aware of Stormfront and following an initial meeting it soon became clear that they had extensive experience in iPad deployments in education.
“Stormfront were able to offer advice on how to manage large numbers of iPads in schools, which apps schools were using and how to deploy to multiple iPads. They also provided training for teachers which was very important to us.”
“We'd discounted other platforms at this stage because of our concerns about reliability and virus outbreaks. We talked with many schools who had trialled a variety of tablets and the overwhelming preference was for the iPad." added Debbi.”
“When we saw the iPad in action at Longfield Academy and had met Stormfront at Bett, we knew that we wanted to use them to help us on our journey to introduce iPads into school.”