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High-Tech Data Centre Will Boost Collaboration Between TMAT Academies

Kevin Blake, Tollbar Multi Academy Trust's Information and Communications Officer, in the new Data Centre at the heart of the Trust.

A brand new £120,000 Data Centre will benefit collaboration between Tollbar Multi Academy Trust's seven Academies and its Sixth Form College and, ultimately, cut down on IT costs.

The centre has been created at the heart of the Trust and is essentially a large server room centralising the Trust's entire information technology system and allowing greater sharing of resources. It will cut down on the need for duplicate systems at each Academy and will, in the long run, mean considerable savings on IT for the whole Trust.

TMAT relies heavily on collaboration between its Academies to ensure high standards across the board and, this year alone, it has installed 1,000 new computers. IT is used daily by all students and staff. Upgrading the links between the Academies will mean better access for teachers, who share data and resources for lessons.

Kevin Blake, The Trust's Information and Communications Officer, who is part of a 14-strong IT Team, said: "This new centre is part of the MAT's commitment to continuous improvements across the Trust and it will create benefits for teaching and learning and sharing of resources throughout.

"The Data Centre will also improve disaster recovery and back-up. We have created an Emergency Centre so that if the power fails we have a back-up generator and work could still continue from here until the problem is fixed.

"Centralising our data makes perfect sense for all of the reasons above, but also because it will save the Trust a lot of money on duplicating IT servers at each Academy which will no longer be required," he said.

Tollbar MAT Chairman

Philip Bond

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson OBE, BSc, BA.