Academy's investment in innovative Wi-Fi system

Students to benefit from half a million-pound investment in Wi-Fi technology at The Manor Academy

Students and teachers at the Mansfield Woodhouse school will benefit from the hi-tech Wi-Fi system fitted over the summer break.

The system - provided by technology giants Hewlett Packard and Cisco Meraki - allows students and teachers to stream media and access websites, timetables and e-mail on the move.

The network investment, worth over half a million pounds, ensures that the students of The Manor Academy and Manor College have access to learning material not only in the classroom, but from all areas in the school and at all times.

The Manor Academy is the only Secondary School in the area to have such a powerful and extensive Wi-Fi system, capable of supporting 1000’s of devices simultaneously.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Kelway (a worldwide IT company) have worked closely with the Academy throughout the network development, and will be using the project as a case study.

Jonathon Hickman, Head Teacher at The Manor Academy, said: “It’s really important that our students are able to learn and study anytime, anywhere and anyplace. The Wi-Fi system means that students can access learning material on their laptops, tablets or smartphones anywhere in the school. We will always invest in the latest interactive technologies to enhance learning and improve standards and achievement.”

The ratio of computers to students at The Manor Academy is now 1:3, well above the Government's recommendation of 1:5.

Paul Croot, E-business Manager at the Academy, said: “With the explosion of mobile devices such as iPads and Smartphones, we needed a network that would support all students and staff being able to use mobile technologies simultaneously and in a secure and reliable way to enhance learning. The newly implemented network will open up exciting opportunities for wireless technologies and online learning for our students.”

John Brown, ICT Commissioning and Design, Nottinghamshire County Council, said "The vision and commitment shown by The Manor Academy to mobilised teaching and learning has allowed us to engage with the some of the biggest IT providers in the country. The relationships, solutions and experience built will not only benefit the pupils of the Academy but also pupils throughout the county. We are proud to be a part of the exciting vision the Academy have delivered."