Spectrum Housing Group Boost Lytchett Minster School I.T Department
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing
Peter Smith, PFI Business Manager at Spectrum Housing Group, Stephen Coombes, IT Manager at Lytchett Minster School, Tony Blows, Divisional Director of IT at Spectrum Housing Group, Darren Bowring, Connectivity Consultant for Lytchett Minster School
Spectrum Housing Group has partnered with Lytchett Minster School’s IT department by providing them with a way to retain their Internet connection following the withdrawal of the existing service. In return, they will be able to offer their residents IT training within the school’s beautifully-landscaped grounds.
Due to Lytchett Minster School’s rural location, getting a new connection at a sensible price was always going to be a problem. A quote from one provider to lay fibre optic cable came in at over £200,000 so a better solution was essential.
Stephen Coombes, IT Manager at Lytchett Minster School, approached the key worker accommodation division of Spectrum Housing Group to see if, for a small fee, it would be possible to host an antenna on the roof of Parkstone House in Poole. Due to the elevation of the building it is in an ideal location to carry a signal to the school, as it has line-of-sight to the roof of the historic Manor House at the heart of the school’s campus.
By linking the school to Parkstone House, there would be no need to install fibre directly into the school; instead, the school’s Internet service provider could install the connection at Parkstone House, which is in a far better urban location for Internet connectivity, and thus potentially saving the school around £180,000. Additionally, this would mean that the school could access a much faster service than would otherwise be possible.
With the assistance of Keycom, who already provide Internet services to Spectrum Housing Group’s residents at Parkstone House, Stephen and his team at the school successfully completed the ambitious project in August 2012.
Tony Blows, Divisional Director of IT at Spectrum Housing Group said, “We were only too happy to be able to help. We work with communities to help improve them and this very much fits with our company ethos.”
The system has been installed and tested, and the school now has a fast and reliable 100MB connection.
“We are very grateful to Spectrum Housing Group,” says Stephen. “It has meant that the school can continue to provide an exceptional level of education, and we hope that this will be the first of a number of ways we can work together.”
IT access for residents forms part of a digital inclusion strategy to facilitate access to the Internet for Spectrum Housing Group residents.
Lytchett Minster School, recently classed as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, has around 700 computers and spacious, modern facilities, making it ideal for training residents.