Winchester College is a leading UK independent boarding school for 13-18 year-olds. Founded in 1382, it’s home to some 700 pupils, employs more than 600 staff, and prides itself on providing an unrivalled combination of intellect, culture and pastoral care.
Centrality was introduced to Winchester College via a referral from a previous customer. It was immediately well received, due to the reassurance of its industry-relevant experience and more importantly, its approach to projects of this nature.
Centrality put Winchester’s needs first, and focused on delivering a customised solution to meet them – as opposed to simply trying to sell products. On this basis, the College chose Centrality to carry out its IT transformation
Before addressing the infrastructure itself, Centrality proposed a new itinerary for IT governance. It explained that because a large-scale IT change was going to happen, with implications for every one of the college’s teachers, pupils and staff, then this must be clearly communicated to a wide group to ensure adequate preparation.
The existing 30-minute weekly meetings were replaced with monthly two-hour ones, and membership was expanded to create a more robust forum for decision-making.
Because IT is now managed as a service, and bought according to demand, users enjoy an up-to-date, reliable and integrated experience which also reduces the burden on IT support staff so they can focus on providing users with improvements rather than being tied up with cumbersome maintenance and equipment issues.
Teaching is now more innovative, forward thinking and fluid, and teachers can use their initiative to create truly outstanding classroom experiences that benefit the entire school community.