Mainframes to PCs to laptops to tablets and smart phones to smart glasses and wristwatches: how we access and communicate information through technology is changing at an exciting rate. The challenge for every school is to keep abreast, pre-empt where possible, and harness developments in technologies without limiting pupils and staff to particular devices and interfaces which then become quickly superseded by the next innovation.
Anticipating this accelerated rate of progress, Bishop’s Stortford College was one of the first schools in the country to install a wireless infrastructure. Providing campus-wide access to the internet has enabled us to enhance our teaching and learning by encouraging the use of the ever increasing array of personal mobile devices used at the College for work, recreation and communication.
ICT resources overview
- A stable, reliable College-wide network with broadband internet connection, supporting 420 computers and with appropriate e-safety systems applied.
- Seven IT labs: four in the Senior School, two in the Junior School and one in the Pre-Prep.
- Additional smaller suites of PCs are located across the campus in areas such as the libraries.
- All classrooms have interactive whiteboards or projectors.
- A wireless network supporting mobile devices: all Senior School pupils who choose to work with laptops or other mobile devices have access to a wireless infrastructure which extends into the Houses. The wireless network maximises the functionality of personal devices by providing internet access (including access to College portals) and printing resources.
We have a comprehensive renewal programme to ensure that we provide the latest equipment and a development process, which ensures that ICT resources are provided wherever they can assist in the teaching and learning process.
Similarly, the curriculum and qualifications offered throughout the College are reviewed regularly in order to provide our pupils with the most useful courses in terms of content and qualification.