Dane Court Grammar School

Delighted with Digital Signage

Specialist language college Dane Court Grammar School is a mixed, sixth form entry Foundation Grammar school of over 1100 students. With its well-equipped modern buildings and a staff of over 70, the school is in a unique position to offer a varied curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The School enjoys the use of spacious modern buildings and is able to provide facilities which are second-to-none in the district.

IT Challenges

Dane Court is spread over a number of buildings, including the East Wing that houses the upper school, the Central Block which acts as the reception area, and the West Wing where the junior school is situated. School Procurement Manager John Lycett wanted to find a way to synchronise and streamline communications across three of the buildings. The existing method of traditional notice boards had many draw backs. They weren’t really looked at and information quickly became out of date or removed, resulting in a lack of control. John believed the way forward was through the use of technology and had investigated digital signage as a possible way forward.

The Solution

Smarter Interactive went into the school to do demonstrate their expertise and portfolio of digital signage solutions. John Lycett ended up delighted that the original supplier had let them down, as he could see the ONELAN product proposed by Smarter Interactive was a much more effective solution – and Smarter Interactive a much more reliable and professional supplier.

Smarter Interactive recommended a solution that involved three Net-Top-Boxes, one of which updated with different communication messages, and the other two replicating the information. The messages are displayed on large LCD screens, one in each of the three buildings, which are strategically placed so that anybody walking through the sites will pass at least one of the screens.

We are using the latest technology and the installation needed to reflect this. Smarter Interactive did a fantastic job of delivering a professional and efficient install with very little disruption to teaching.

John Lycett

School Procurement Manager

The Results

The system had only been up and running for a couple of months when it became an essential communications tool which is used in a multitude of ways. Examples of the information chosen to be displayed include sports day results, entries for a talent show, urgent internal information and a daily programme of events.

Such is the success of the installation that Dane Court has had two other schools in the area visit to see the system in operation. Dane Court is proud of its local reputation and John Lycett is delighted that the school is seen to be leading the way in 21st century communication with their students.

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