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December 2, 2014

Brocade enables BYOD for Chichester High School for Girls

Students and staff can now use personal devices for research and learning.

By CBR Staff Writer

Chichester High School for Girls has upgraded its network infrastructure to support a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy for students and staff.

The upgrade from technology specialist Brocade will allow the school’s pupils and teachers to use connected devices in lessons and extracurricular activities.

BYOD will allow students to use their personal devices for research, collaboration and multimedia learning.

The network will also support operations, such as staff records, financial management, and communicating with parents and stakeholders.

Jim Turner, network manager at Chichester High School for Girls, said the existing infrastructure was struggling to cope with the 700 devices already active on the network.

"BYOD helps keep pupils engaged, since tablet and smartphone devices allow teachers to make greater use of video and online tools in lessons, as well as giving students the ability to create multimedia content themselves," he said.

Turner said the school has already seen a number of other benefits, including faster policy deployment and a reduced number of helpdesk support calls.

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The new infrastructure is based on Brocade’s access local area network and ICX switching platform, which was selected after a competitive tender process.

Chichester High School is one of the UK’s best performing comprehensive schools and has more than 1,200 pupils aged between 11 and 18 years old.

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