Cornish schools get up to speed

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Pupils across Cornwall experienced a technical revolution when they returned as over 20 schools were connected to superfast broadband this summer.

Mawnan Smith, Threemilestone and St Mary’s Primary in Penzance are just a few of the schools to be enabled with fibre broadband as part of the Superfast Cornwall programme.

Take up among schools across Cornwall for superfast broadband has been unprecedented with many organisations looking to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that the technology opens up.

Pupils from Mawnan Smith Primary School with head teacher Randall Brook and Glyn Pascoe and Josh Hosking from iCT4
Pupils from Mawnan Smith Primary School with head teacher Randall Brook and Glyn Pascoe and Josh Hosking from iCT4

One school that is embracing fibre is Mawnan Smith Primary School.

Head teacher, Randall Brook, said: “Being a rural school presents its own problems, thankfully, now internet access isn’t one of them.

“Having 40 or 50 kids at a time all accessing web to research class topics takes up a lot of bandwidth and before we struggled.

“The new superfast broadband allows us to now tap into a whole world of exciting new resources without worrying about buffering and lessons grinding to a halt.”

While Superfast Cornwall has spent the school holidays rolling out high speed broadband to some schools in Cornwall, school IT provider iCT4 has been providing them with a new suite of productivity and security tools to ensure safer internet use.

iCT4 MD, Glyn Pascoe, said: “This is the first time that many schools have been able to access the high speed connections and they are really embracing it.

“Obviously parents want to know that their children are safe whilst online.

“We are implementing enhanced security systems that offer greater flexibility with access to secure resources such as YouTube for Schools, which only offers educational and safe content.”

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