In October 2020, a devastating school fire broke out at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School in Mickleover, Derbyshire. It was clear extensive rebuilding works would be required for the school to meet its reopening date of June 2022 and Link ICT has been delighted to provide our long-standing client with fire disaster recovery IT support as it progresses on its journey towards restoration.

When the news headlines revealed that the school was on fire it was horrific reading for all of us at Link ICT as Ravensdale has been a loyal customer to us for many years, and as always, our IT technician had developed great relationships with all those at the school.

Sadly, the fire also meant that a large part of their IT infrastructure was lost. To ensure pupils could still be educated, it was decided to move a group of pupils and staff to an alternative site at Castleward Spencer Academy and also set up a new temporary education village opposite the original site.

To help continuity of teaching, Link ICT set up the IT infrastructure for the temporary village buildings and helped integrate the IT needed for the pupils moving temporarily to the Castleward Spencer Academy site in Derby.

In order to ensure the newly built school is well equipped with the latest IT technology, Link ICT was also appointed to supply and install new interactive screens and a high-tech CCTV system.

As we count down the months to the reopening and the long-awaited welcome to the staff and pupils, a lot more hard work is going to be required from our amazing staff and technicians to get it perfect for June!

Our new IT technician Anthony Coyle, has recently become the new on-site technician for Ravensdale Infant and Nursery and it has been amazing for him to be the connection between ourselves and the school as the project progresses.

Commenting on the support we are providing, Ant said, “This is such an exciting position to be in, despite the negative circumstances, the school is going to be inspirational for all staff and pupils and I feel privileged to be involved.’ 

We cannot wait for it all to come together and for all sites to become one outstanding school, enabling teachers and pupils to thoroughly engage with their learning and new technology.

If you would like to ensure you have a robust IT disaster recovery plan or would like to implement modern technology into your IT infrastructure to improve learning and teaching abilities, please get in touch today!