Saint Nicholas School Case Study

Saint Nicholas School Case Study

Saint Nicholas School needed our ‘single source’ expertise.

Quote from Yvette Mardel: “Not only was Hardsoft able to provide us with the latest technology very quickly, but their support package, dealing with warranty and support issues directly with parents, was the deciding factor for us”..

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The School

“Small enough to care, large enough to inspire” is the philosophy of Saint Nicholas school.

A remarkable school that challenges, supports and enthuses every child to achieve their very best.
Academic success and personal development are at the heart of the school, producing happy and confident young people with high aspirations.

Saint Nicholas School is an independent school for boys and girls ages three to sixteen. It was founded in 1939 by a local resident in Churchgate Street, a small village just outside of the town of Harlow.

Saint Nicholas School has a broad Christian ethos, but actively welcomes children of all faiths and none.

Pupils are taught respect for each other and the wider community, and to accept that they will encounter differing views and opinions.

the challenge the school faced - image of the school's lawn

The IT challenge we had

Saint Nicholas was looking for a way to provide iPads to both Teachers and Students as part of a switch to 1:1 computing. It would be obligatory to use an Apple device in the classroom for all students.

If a student didn’t have access to an Apple device, then the school would offer a monthly subscription service for years 9, 10, and 11. Parents and Students would select an Apple device of their choice from a catalogue created by the school with the school securing the device via an MDM but the parent paying on a regular direct debit.

Being a smaller school with no IT Support Team they were looking to ‘outsource’ the entire program and required a solution that included day-to-day support, and insurance against theft or damage in a cost-effective manner.

two young school pupils on a tablet device

The solution we got from Devices for Teams

HardSoft is a genuine single source for supply, support, and financing.

Financing was the key in selecting HardSoft as they offered a bespoke financial solution for the school that suited the School and the Parents. HardSoft has thus far supplied over 50 Apple MacBooks and iPads to students in the last 3 years. All devices are pre-configured and delivered to the school ready to use.

A full support package is also included with Hardsoft dealing with any warranty or support issues directly as well as insurance issues.

school children and teacher very happy with apple ipads in hand

Our end result

HardSoft has thus far supplied over 100 Apple MacBooks and iPads to students in the last 3 years. Every September the student intake is offered the latest devices and there is a pain-free e-sign paperwork process with little impact or input from the school.

All devices are pre-configured and delivered to the school ready to use seamlessly.
HardSoft’s ability to offer in-house finance, without using any mysterious third party has been the key to success.

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The devices & software we use

Apple iPad Pro:
The iPad is a touchscreen tablet PC made by Apple. As of the third quarter of 2021, the iPad had a market share of 34.6%; besides personal use, the iPad is used in the business, education, healthcare, and technology sectors.

Apple Schools Manager:
Apple’s MDM lets you securely and wirelessly configure devices by sending profiles and commands to the device, whether they’re owned by the user or your organization. MDM capabilities include updating software and device settings, monitoring compliance with organizational policies, and remotely wiping or locking devices.

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