IT has many service lines and the ways in which we can help schools is virtually endless. Mrs Lucy Bray, Head Teacher, at Mesty Croft Academy, explains just how invaluable IT support has become to her vibrant primary school …
“Mesty Croft Academy is a large, two form entry, primary school, part of the Wednesbury Trust. We are a key part of our community and have literally been educating pupils to become upstanding adults for generations. Our school is no stranger to progress, originally built by the Wednesbury School Board in 1880 and later extended in 1931. In more recent times, the building was replaced by a new build in 1981. Always looking to the future, we then converted to an Academy in April 2012 and our school continues to grow at a healthy rate. So as you can see, the world of education never stands still…
Our school mission is to inspire ‘our next generation to believe and achieve’ so moving with the times is something staff and pupils do naturally, therefore running a busy school, I encouraged my team to capitalise upon the benefits IT can offer, maximising productivity while helping alleviate workload. We took the considered decision to move from a previous supplier to procure SIPS IT Services and within six weeks, SIPS had delivered notably more.
Upon reflection, previously, we were using third party systems that we did not really need to, as they were overlapping with Capita modules, so we began to streamline. We started with using the ‘Assessment’ module for early years and after a successful trial expanded to using it for the whole schools MIS. We progressed to using ‘Behaviour’ and ‘Achievement’ modules too. It’s a frequent occurrence for staff in the classroom to pull on data accessed via the Capita modules not only to take a register but also to review pupil records, all in ‘real time’. SIPS IT invested time carefully setting up the modules as we wanted them to operate and our key partnership gave us all the confidence we needed to continue.
SIPS also ensured we have a secure internet connection (through TRUSTnet). Our infrastructure and hardware is supported by a SIPS IT dedicated friendly and knowledgeable Technician who helps us on site to keep the schools computers, servers and printers running perfectly to name just a few tasks.
We often asked the odd ‘quick question’ and nothing is too much trouble, so we call upon them as and when we need them, in person, via telephone or email. Overall, through carefully buying services and adding extra modules over time, we have grown to trust SIPS IT as a specialist; competent in sharing best practice, but what we like most is the fact that SIPS IT really understand Schools and what they need, that’s what sets them apart from other alternatives.
We also buy many other SIPS Education services including Governance clerking, HR, Healthy & Safety, GDPR support and Music & Arts. In my experience, gained over many years, I have found SIPS to prove themselves competent, responsive and professional. I would certainly encourage other schools to see first-hand the positive impact the services can make to their children’s education.”
Mrs Lucy Bray, Head Teacher, Mesty Croft Academy