Solebay Primary Academy – A Paradigm Academy is a new Free school in the heart of East London that opened in September 2014. With a new school being built in readiness for opening in September 2014 the Paradigm Trust directors set an objective to create an environment that matches other Paradigm Trust schools technology and is compatible with current Trust systems.
Our Consultancy services worked with Paradigm Trust directors and senior staff to undertake a technology review of the new building and previous temporary school location. To complicate matters the temporary location only had limited life span. The review ascertained the compatibility of the equipment located at a temporary location to see what can be used within the new building. During this period our Consultancy service also works with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and appointed construction company to ensure the correct ICT infrastructure was being put in place to support the required Paradigm Technology blueprint.
Once the review was accepted by the Paradigm Trust board our Consultancy service arranged to de-cant the suitable equipment from the temporary location before the closure. The review recommends to use School ina Box titanium solution based on Windows 2012 Hyper-V technology and Wireless ina School using 802.11ac 3×3 technology. Due to
the tight deadline of getting all technology in place on time, on schedule our Technical Services team configured the equipment at our development offices.
In late August our Technical service team started deploying the local network infrastructure switches wireless-based upon D-Link xStack and 802.11ac wireless technology. Then our Technical service team deployed:
- A Built to Order (BTO) Fujitsu server with Microsoft 2012 Server Hyper-V technology
- Creation of a virtualised domain controller and admin SIMS server
- Installation and deployment of Impero Education Pro
- Add client devices to the network domain
By using Microsoft 2012 Server Hyper-V technology Solebay Primary Academy is able to consolidate hardware, lower energy costs and create resilience. The final part of the project was to enable Solebay Primary Academy to link with the Paradigm Trust School ina Cloud system built on Google Apps for Education technology.
Solebay Primary Academy successfully opened in September 2014 on schedule under the leadership of Amanda Phillips CBE. The Academy now has the backbone of an education approved infrastructure and systems in place that can be built upon as Solebay Primary Academy expands to meet future technology demands.
Levett Consultancy have worked with the Paradigm Trust for a number of years, providing outstanding IT strategic and technical support which has had a direct and tangible impact on pupil outcomes. The solution provided will ensure Solebay Primary Academy has the right technology in place to support Paradigm Trust curriculum program. Bill Holledge (Paradigm Trust ICT Leader)