IT

About Us

The IT Department is responsible for the day to day running of the schools Information systems. This includes the following areas:

  • Desktops, Laptops & Tablets for staff & student use
  • Printers & Photocopiers
  • The Schools Wifi Network
  • the Schools Local Area Network & switching equipment
  • The schools broadband connection
  • The School Website
  • Telephony Systems
  • Audio & Video Systems
  • CCTV & Access Control Systems
  • Asset Management & Goods In
  • the Schools MIS (Management Information System)
  • Software Licensing
  • In house IT & Technical training
  • Servers and Backup systems
  • IT Development
  • Equipment disposal (WEEE)
  • Sound & Lighting Systems

And are run and managed by:

Mr S Moores - Network Manager

Mrs C Walker - IT Technician / SIMS

Infrastructure

What is a backbone?

In the case of our school these are the core switches which route all the network traffic between the school servers the internet and the student machines. In Maidstone Grammar School we use only high quality HP Procurve switches which are backed with a lifetime guarantee

School Internet

The school is on what is collectively known as the KPSN (Kent Public Services Network). This provides the school with a dedicated high speed internet connectivity, which was recently upgraded to 100Mb/s, and also centralised internet filtering.

All of our classrooms are fitted with Visualisers systems. These include, DVD/VHS combinations, amplifier and speakers, PC or laptop, projectors and screens and Samsung Digital presenters.

Digital Presenters Visualiser

These are the modern equivalent of old Overhead projectors. They can be used for displaying documents on screen without the need for media be printed on acetate. As well as documents, objects and experiments and can be demonstarted to the class. If a teacher has an object that they would like to show to multiple classes these can freeze framed and stored to show as many classes as they wish. They can even be used to store video. Particularly useful for subjects like science where an experimentor disection can be demonstrated to a class and be recorded at the same time so that the students has the ability to play this back.

Use of IT in the classroom 

The use of IT is not limited to just ICT lessons. Teachers use either a PDA or a Tablet PC to register their classes. There is a booking system for IT rooms managed by the IT Support Technicians for any subject teacher to book their lessons in to.

  • "My son was skipping and jumping through the halls, and his excitement to show off his school and his lessons was very heart warming. He comes home daily with happy stories about his day at school. He has doubled in confidence and has taken on much more responsibility for himself in such a very short time." - A New Year 7 parent
  • "I'd like to send a quick note on behalf of my son, who attended the Brazil fair (Year 6 outreach event) yesterday. He had a great time and was so excited when he came home and couldn't stop talking about the amazing things that he did whilst at the school. Thank you so much to you and all the boys from MGS who helped make the afternoon such a success. " - Parent of a year 6 student
  • "My husband and I wanted to send a message to say how very impressed we were with our guide on Thursday evening and what a wonderful ambassador he was for your school. His manners were impeccable and he conversed confidently and informatively with us both. In addition, he engaged our 9 year old without patronizing him made his visit fun and insightful. Jack greatly contributed to our first impression of Maidstone Grammar School being such an overwhelmingly positive experience." - A visiting prospective parent
  • "Students’ achievement is outstanding, both in their academic programmes and their personal development." - Ofsted (2013)
  • "My son is in year 7 and was struggling with 2 heavy musical instruments, a school bag, his diabetes bag and his lunch bag this morning and I saw 2 sixth formers rush over to help him carry his bags. I just want to register my thanks." - Parents of a new year 7 student
  • "There is not a week which goes by even now without me thinking of the school with gratitude, and of its teachers who never gave up on me and allowed me a chance in life. " - Words from an Old Maidstonian
  • "The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ above average attainment at the higher grades in AS and A level equip them exceptionally well for higher education and careers of their choice." - Ofsted (2013)