It’s been a busy year for Surrey-based MAT, The Bourne Education Trust (BET). 2017 has seen them solidify their position in the region, adding three more schools into the fold to stand at 10 strong to date.
M-Tech have been working with BET since 2016, helping them realise their aim of achieving trust-wide connectivity and collaborative working through creating a bespoke solution. Designed with expansion at the forefront, six of the schools were initially connected during phase one of the project.
Taking advantage of the downtime during the recent summer holidays, M-Tech carried out a couple of projects across the schools. The first of these involved joining Sythwood Primary School to the main BET network via a 100MB Layer 2 circuit. Eight of the schools now share the same benefits, with the remaining two to connect once out of prior contracts.
Find out more about the connectivity of the schools by downloading our Bourne Education Trust Case Study.
A further part of the M-Tech scope during the holidays was to assist the Bourne IT Team with imaging all existing devices at both Chertsey High School and Jubilee High School to the latest Windows 10 Operating System and Office 2016 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). The whole Trust will follow suit in the 2017-2018 academic year to benefit from the added features such as ‘direct access’ and security options within these new upgrades.
Participating in a New School Build
M-Tech have been involved in a larger project with BET during the last academic year; the building of a new secondary school in Surrey, Chertsey High School. Lendlease, a multinational construction, property and infrastructure company, have been at the helm of the build, turning to established BET partner M-Tech to aid with the technology infrastructure at the new site.
M-Tech took on the responsibility of ensuring all current central services were up and running in readiness for the new Autumn 2017 term, as well as designing and building the new Lenovo Nutanix, VMWare and Veeam infrastructure. To enable onsite connectivity, M-Tech liaised with Lendlease on the installation and configuration of the Huawei wired and wireless network.
Chertsey High School will welcome one year group per academic year for the next five years. In 2019 the cohort will transfer to the completed new build, growing to a school of an expected 900 by 2022.
M-Tech have continued supporting us on our journey throughout 2017, participating in a new school build and bringing our centralised domain online. They have been an invaluable technology partner as we work towards full connectivity across all sites.
Bourne Education Trust
To see how the project began, download the original Bourne Education Trust Case Study.
If you’d like to discuss M-Tech supporting your multi-academy trust or new build school, please get in touch.