Case studies

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School

Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School is a high performing co-educational secondary with a thriving Sixth Form in Reading, Berkshire.

Dr Uttley, Headteacher, and his team reviewed the online safeguarding needs of the school and decided that the Full Monitoring Service was the best option.

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Key benefits of having a fully managed service:

  • Allows school staff to continue with their daily duties thus eliminating the impact on their time.
  • Ensures the school is compliant with their statutory duty under KCSiE and the Prevent duty.
  • Provides a cost-effective alternative to the school having to monitor the information themselves.
  • The school still has access to the capture data as and when required and can export specific incident information as evidence.
  • Added support and guidance from safeguarding experts at ITS4all and Securus if an incident does occur, ensures that the school has total peace of mind.

“Blocking and filtering of websites is not enough. What is required is monitoring of all online activity and the specific information to enable us to make lasting changes to students’ behaviour. Any system also needs to be capable of addressing problems that face a school today and in the future. The Full Monitoring Service provides us with the answer to all these issues.”

Dr Uttley, Headteacher

Discovery Schools Academies Trust

Discovery is a well established and high-performing Multi Academy Trust with 13 primary schools and 2 SEND schools across Leicestershire, all working together & collaborating to provide an outstanding education for children to achieve their full potential.

Safeguarding and a commitment to create a safe and secure environment is a priority. Robust child protection policies and procedures are in place for each individual school based upon guidance provided at Trust level.

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Key benefits of having a fully managed service:

  • A monitoring solution with the ability to “whitelist” specific safe websites.
  • Non typed content is monitored with Securus OCR technology within all applications & browsers.
  • ALL devices are monitored across all 15 school sites.
  • Each school within the Trust independently monitors daily activity to act immediately to incidents.
  • Ability to integrate with CPOMS.
  • Remote training carried out for all school staff.

Having Securus in place is vital to keep both pupils and staff safe across all our schools in the Trust. The ability to configure the software to our specific needs with detailed alerts & reporting provides us with key evidence of any safeguarding concerns that arise. The team are always on hand for any support we require.

Adam Lapidge, Trust Online Safety Lead

Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Surrey

The Royal Alexandra and Albert school is a leading co-educational school in Reigate, with flexi-boarding pupils from the age of 7 to 18 years of age.

At an early stage the school recognised the potential dangers inherent via the Internet, email and Classroom Learning Systems. The school is committed to meeting pupil care responsibilities to the greatest extent possible, and therefore set out to investigate whether any solutions existed that could overcome the inherent weaknesses.

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Key benefits of having a fully managed service:
  • Reduced parental concern regarding the use of ICT within the school.
  • Substantial improvements in the behaviour of pupils using ICT.
  • Dramatic reduction in teachers’ wasted time.
  • More productive use of ICT for lessons and homework.
  • Improved ability to monitor harassment, bullying and racial taunting.
  • Substantial time savings for teaching staff and ICT coordinators.
  • Drastic reduction of undesirable activities both in and out of class.
  • More effective updating of URL blocking lists.
  • Confidence to allow email and Internet access in the boarding houses.

“By installing Securus, we have been able to implement a fast, simple and cost effective approach to ensuring acceptable use of Internet and email. I am now happy that we are providing pupils with access to a network with unlimited Internet access that is nevertheless safe.”

Mr Mark Dixon, Headmaster

St John Bosco College, Battersea

St John Bosco College in Battersea, London, is a mixed Roman Catholic school for 11-18 year-old pupils.

The school has a commitment to academic excellence along with a distinctive, caring, ethos which is summed up in the word RUAH, Hebrew for ‘breath of life’ which represents their core values of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour.

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Key benefits of having a fully managed service:

  • Easy installation: “Our relationship with Securus has been excellent. They have made the school feel like a partner rather than a customer. From a technical standpoint, my ICT staff have found the software very flexible and adaptable and together with Securus we have tailored the solution to meet our own specific requirements, ensuring the implementation was trouble free.”
  • Reassuring parents, teachers and students: “The implementation of Securus has ensured that parents can feel confident about their children being able to use school’s technology safely,” says Paul.“My teachers feel the same. The high degree of scrutiny and transparency offered by Securus, enables them to get on with the business of teaching, knowing that the students are safe.
  • It’s not only the parents and teachers who feel reassured. Pupils can also use the school’s ICT systems and know that they are being protected as well as knowing that their IT activities are being supervised in the same way as any other aspect of school life.”

“Keeping our children safe is our number one priority when it comes to their use of ICT. We faced the same issues that all schools face in trying to ensure that our children were protected from malicious or harmful content and that they were not able to circumvent the stringent safeguards we had in place to access blocked sites. We also needed to be sure that we knew exactly what was being accessed, the answer was Securus.”

Dr Paul Dunne, Headteacher