Havering Sixth Form College

Powerful new network

enhances the student experience

One morning, there was no connectivity whatsoever in our admin wing and the staff couldn’t work.
Graham Francis, Director of IT Services at Havering Sixth Form College

The Background

A large five-building campus for 2,500+ full-time students and 250 staff, Havering Sixth Form College in Hornchurch, Essex provides outstanding full-time education to 16-19 year-olds.

The Challenge

An ageing HP-based LAN core network was increasingly limited in speed, scalability and performance (100Mbps and 1Gbps uplinks), with failures and downtime a regular occurrence, impacting on teaching and administration; an underpowered wireless network with weak security; unreliable end-of-life cabling.

The Solution

Redesign and replacement of core and wireless infrastructure following competitive tender including: flood wired CAT5e structured cabling and dual resilient fibre optic uplinks to core Cisco Catalyst 6500 with Virtual Stack Core design; Cisco 2960-S Switches with 10Gbps uplinks; VLAN segmentation for security; lightweight wireless network with centralised management.

The Result

A far more resilient, scalable and secure high performance network delivered at a fixed price to further improve teaching and learning and enhance the student experience at this forward-looking sixth form college. Daisy Professional Services handled design, implementation, migration of staff and students, and full project management. The project came in on time and to budget.

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About Andrew Frost

Andrew Frost is the Head of Marketing Communications at Daisy SMB Services, the UK’s #1 independent provider of IT, communications and cloud services. He is passionate about creating engaging and informative digital content that adds value and demonstrates ROI.