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Urmston Grammar

Oct 04, 2023

About Urmston Grammar

The Governors and Urmston Grammar’s Leadership Team run a highly successful 11-18 co-educational grammar school with an outstanding national and local reputation for academic excellence in a caring community.

The Challenge

On this contract, we were tasked with providing an innovative Audio Visual (AV) Solution for a school which was initially using a mixture of touch screen and projector technology. On this project, due to a tight-budget, we were faced with the challenge of offering a solution which maximised quality but was also financially feasible for the school.

The Solution

Working collaboratively, after a meeting with Network Manager Mark Drabble, the following objectives and challenges were noted:

Providing a flexible solution, we offered a detailed cost model which contained 2 options, including:

  1. Option 1: Lease - Involving replacing all equipment within the 1st year
  2. Option 2: Purchase - Buying replacements over a 5-year period

Both options included:

In order to provide the school with an AV solution which maximised consistency of user experience and quality, we arranged to replace all existing touch screens and projectors with Sharp PN652CS 65” Interaction screens.

Adding value, we conducted a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to ascertain the level of support and training required for school staff to implement the new technology for the benefit of students. We then delivered technical training at a time and in a format which suited the school.

Furthermore, evidencing our ability to ensure the best value for our clients, we were able to secure a cost saving for the school through creation of a bespoke leasing agreement to replace all their screens within 1 year.

As an alternative to purchasing replacements over a 5-year period, this meant that the school was able to immediately upgrade their technology within their original budget.

"After conducting an in-depth product evaluation and procurement process we selected DMS as our supplier to install 65” interactive screens over the summer period. The added offering of a compliant operating lease by DMS enabled the school to take advantage of installing 30 screens into all our classrooms which has been a welcome boost for both staff and pupils as they are now able work and learn using the latest modern technology for the new term. The Installation of the hardware and software was a very smooth process from start to finish and took just 3 days. DMS’s Installation team were polite, professional and even assisted us with the removal and disposal of our existing equipment. Using a one stop supplier for the supply, leasing and installation of the equipment has proved an excellent and invaluable choice."

Mark Drabble

Network Manager, Urmston Grammar

The Conclusion

Evidencing our success, we made it possible for the client to obtain all their required screens at once, rather than buying in units over a 5-year period, whilst maximising quality and consistency of user experience.

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