Schools Save Thousands And Keep Pupils Safe Thanks To New It Contracts

Issue 18

Two North East academies are set to save thousands of pounds a year after teaming up with a local IT and Telecoms company to provide broadband services, web filtering and firewall facilities.

Sunderland-based CCS will be working with Hummersknott Academy and Skerne Park Academy in Darlington from early next year in a deal that will save the schools around £40,000 between them over three years and keep pupils safe in the process.

The news was announced to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week, 14-18 Nov, with the Smoothwall software designed to protect young people from inappropriate online content, including radicalisation and cyber bullying.

Nigel Forster, Hummersknott Academy Vice Principal, said: “When I met with Lee from CCS and he explained how much they could save us I was delighted. That is money which can be put back into the school and providing the best learning opportunities for our pupils.”

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