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FEATURE ACS Offi ce Solutions


First-class relationship means learning continues


A long-term working relationship with ACS Offi ce Solutions left a school in the perfect position to react swiftly and positively to the onset of the fi rst COVID-19 lockdown and prepared for changes in regulations and guidelines ever since. T e Northampton-based IT and cyber security specialists have


worked with Ashford School in Kent for a number of years on a range of projects, from major infrastructure projects to the roll-out of close to 1,000 devices. Microsoft Surface Go laptops were provided to students in the Senior School and iPads made available for those in Prep School. Boarding and day school students, teaching staff and parents had


become familiar with the functionality of the devices, leaving them confi dent that remote learning could continue seamlessly when the pandemic struck. During government lockdowns that have seen the school closed to all but the children of key workers, lessons have continued online and children and their parents have had access to teaching and support staff as well as the resources needed to continue to study at home.


Duncan Ricks, IT Manager at Ashford School,


said: “Making Microsoft Surface Gos and iPads available to all our students gave us the peace of mind that they had a device that was secure and suited to educational use, it’s not always possible to do what we need to do through a privately owned device. “When the pandemic struck, we were quick


to react and, apart from a scramble for the usual consumables, like replacement chargers and web cams for those devices that didn’t have built-in cameras, we were up and running pretty quickly. We have Microsoft 365, so we use Teams for online lessons, and we knew everyone had something they could work on during that time. “Our ongoing relationship with ACS, and working with them over the years to stay ahead of the curve and build technology into the daily school life was certainly a major plus for us when something as unpredictable as a lockdown suddenly happened.” Work at Ashford School began in 2013 with the acquisition of a number of Apple Macbook computers for the music department. ACS sourced


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