As a consistently high performing school, Culcheth High School strives to be the best in all aspects of its service to 1200 students, its teaching body and the wider community. A move to a new £28million school facility in 2010, marked the start of an exciting transformation project and over £1M investment in creating and delivering next-generation technology services.
Having previously used UniServity VLE, Culcheth High School had begun to notice a significant downshift in terms of functionality and usage and needed to implement a succession plan for the deployment of a more advanced educational platform. As the school was in already using Gmail, G Suite for Education and Google Classrooms were the obvious choices, but Culcheth High School recognised it needed specialist guidance to get the very best out of the solution for both teachers and students. With students joining and leaving the school at regular intervals, it was imperative that ongoing account set-up, provision and deletion was as automated, secure and simple as possible. Furthermore, it wanted to give teachers advanced teaching resources without administrative burden.
Culcheth High School turned to SalamanderSoft, whose specialist Salamander Integration Suite and experience of the education sector would provide the ability to customise G Suite to the school’s individual needs, automate deployment, activate Google Classrooms, and ultimately deliver the advanced learning opportunities from within and outside the classroom.
“We didn’t want to use old tech anymore; we wanted a more collaborative online environment. We started using G Suite and found lots of success with this and after a survey with staff and students we knew the direction we wanted to go and what we wanted to achieve so we reached out to SalamanderSoft”, explains Stuart Piggott ICT Strategy Lead. “Integrating Salamander Integration Suite within our technology stack made the deployment slick, simple and cost-efficient. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution, but a suite of tools customised to our individual needs that can be automatically provisioned for new students and new teaching requirements.”
The power of a robust infrastructure, leading educational tools and automated management has revolutionised the overall efficiency of Culcheth High School’s learning environment. Teachers praise the ease of use of the management system, and the advanced tools they’re using have been pivotal for teaching advancement and classroom productivity. The IT team are liberated from admin tasks, giving them time back every day to refocus on initiatives which deliver increased capability.
With a truly online world now in place, every single teacher and student has a single view of study group information, classroom assignments and calendars on any device at any time. Students can see their timetable and the homework or coursework that needs completing, leading to staged improvements in results and improved student-teacher engagement.
“Without the Salamander Integration Suite we wouldn’t have the same engagement with staff and students, and we wouldn’t have been able to continue to develop our systems to ensure that engagement is sustained.”