FOI Request - Connectivity in Schools

Request 101001219647

For each school -

1. How many schools do you currently provide a central connectivity service to?
2. The cost of supplying broadband to each school within the remit of the county council. Please state the school name with address, postcode, cost of internet circuit and where the cuircuit goes to e.g. from school x to county hall network centre
3. What are the different elements that comprise the central connectivity service?
4. Any other costs to the council that form part of the school charging structure e.g. cost of filtering and firewall security
5. Broadband provider e.g. Virgin Media/BT
6. Connection type e.g. ADSL, FTTC, EFM
7. Bandwidth e.g. 100Mbps, 10Mbps
8. Average annual cost for connection type to each school. This should be concise and say exactly how each school's annual cost is calculated. It should also show the cost of any ancillary services schools can purchase from the council. If the cost is calculated on a per pupil basis please include the full cost of that school for the year + the number of pupils at each school
9. Contract renewal date
10. Notice period a school has to give to change to an alternative provider
11. A list of applications the council offers to each school that is currently only accessible via the schools current supplied internet connection/WAN connection. If there are any, please state how the council aims to allow schools/academies not on the county councils network access to these services
12. Do you provide access to central systems independent of who the school uses as their broadband supplier?
13. The councils stance on alternative broadband providers to schools and the advice they send to schools regarding choosing an alternative provider
14. How many of your schools are converting to adcademies or trusts?
15. Are there any grants or funding incentives open to schools?
16. Are there any plans to step away from delivering central connectivity service to schools in the next 3 years?
17. What are the steps you take to ensure that you offer a competitive service to schools, e.g. soft marketing testing?
I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set, eg. in Excel, NOT as a PDF.

Response 07-07-2016

1.  53

2.  The schools are part of the Council’s Wide Area Network which is delivered via a managed service.  As a result the Council does not pay separately for supplying broadband to each school.  Information about the school names and addresses can be found at

3.  As mentioned above, the connectivity in the schools is provided via the Council’s managed WAN service.

4.  N/A – all costs are covered centrally.

5.  The Council is currently in the process of migrating from Vodafone to Capita as its managed service provider.

6.  Connection type depends on bandwidth required and the location of the site.

7.  The bandwidth varies from 8Mbps in a small primary school to 500Mbps in a large secondary school.

8.  N/A - The WAN costs are paid centrally

9.  September 2023.

10.  N/A

11.  N/A

12  N/A

13  N/A

14  None

15  N/A

16  No, there are no plans for this.

17  The Council are in the process of migrating to the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN).  Capita were awarded this contract in 2014 following a competitive tendering process.

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