Schools group invests in new multi-site telephony solution

A Wakefield based schools group is investing in its telecoms to improve communication between its 12 academies and realise cost savings.

Outwood Grange Academies Trust has embarked on a phased replacement programme of the telephone systems at each of its schools as they come up for renewal.

Wakefield company NGC Networks has been appointed to implement the new solution at each of the sites which include the trust’s main school and headquarters, Outwood Grange Academy.

The new solution is already saving the trust £15,000 on its lines and calls at Outwood Grange Academy and further savings are anticipated as the system is rolled out across the group.

Stuart Jones, ICT director at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said: “We gave NGC Networks a brief as to what we wanted to achieve as part of our growing ICT infrastructure. We saw an interconnected telephone system between the academies within the trust as the way forward to make us more efficient while at the same time realising cost savings.”

One of the ways telecoms costs at the trust are being reduced is as a result of calls from its academies to its central functions at Outwood Grange Academy now being free.

Stuart added: “The new system can be supported in any size of school, from our primary to our secondary academies. NGC Networks have delivered a solution fit for purpose, first time and on time.”

NGC Networks director Nikki Guest said: “The new system is the latest Avaya IP based platform which offers greater functionality. We are looking forward to rolling out the solution to all the trust’s academies which will enable it to make even greater savings on its lines, calls and maintenance bills.”

The multi-site solution not only provides benefits for the trust and its staff but for students and parents as well who need to call its academies for information, to report absences and to solve any other issues. 

Nikki Guest

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