Made up of five campuses spread across the Island of Portland, the Academy wanted to operate these five schools as one, enabling students to move between sites and participate in a Stage not Age approach to learning.

The Requirement

IPACA required a single network solution that would enable pupils to access learning from wherever they were connected. The five sites were a mixture of new build and legacy sites with varying levels of ICT which needed to continue to work, whilst also becoming part of this single educational entity.

The Solution

Following the creation of the single network, European Electronique worked to improve the ICT on the legacy campuses, including a complete upgrade of the active network and wireless provision on a site that served 800 pupils. This site then implemented the largest roll out of Chromebooks in a 1:1 programme in the UK.

European Electronique provided a complete Google integration and developed a Google ecosystem involving an entire set of web delivered curriculum applications. In addition, full integration of logon using Google directory services which were integrated with legacy Microsoft Active Directory providing integration with legacy domains.

European Electronique also implemented its Freedom Access portal which creates a web browser layer providing access to all the traditional network services a user might need. The design of the interface and the layout was significantly influenced by the students as European Electronique worked with IPACA to consult with the learners about what they wanted to see. As the project develops more and more learner led influences will appear.

“From the moment we appointed EE to work with us on delivering transformational learning solutions to the community here on Isle of Portland, we received exceptional knowledge, guidance, skills and on-going support.” Gary Spracklen Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, IPACA
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