Cotham School is one of the largest secondary schools in Bristol, with 1,800 pupils in years 7 to 11 and a further 500 in post-16 education studying academic programmes shared between the school and their close partner, Redland Green School.

Ed Carpenter, IT Services Manager explains why they chose to implement three of NetSupport’s solutions.

“[NetSupport School] is installed in all our IT suites and it’s a really useful tool for keeping students focused on what they’re supposed to be doing in their lessons. So for instance, if they’re doing a task in Word, then the teacher can ensure all other applications are disabled, which is a big help.”

Regarding NetSupport Assist, he says: “We use Macs in our music technology and visual arts suites, and so this is where we have NetSupport Assist installed. It is used by the teachers in the same way as NetSupport School.”

The school also uses NetSupport Notify: “NetSupport Notify is only installed on staff PCs, and it means that is so quick and easy to issue an alert that everyone can see at the same time – for instance, if there’s a lockdown or an internet failure,” he says.

Summing up, Mr Carpenter said: “Overall, it’s really useful to have everything in one place. Previously we had separate bits of software to do some of the separate tasks that NetSupport solutions can do, so we’ve been able to shelve numerous things in favour of just one system!”

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