Discovery Educational Trust 


Formerly Brentwood Academies Trust

Position: Trust IT Manager for St Martins School & Larchwood Primary School
Dates: August 2014 to Date
Location: Brentwood, Essex 

  • Managing a team of 4 Technicians.
  • Mentoring of IT Apprentices.
  • An understanding of the workings of a Multi Academy Trust, including aims, goals and expectations of working towards these goals. 
  • Working with outsourced/3rd Party IT Service providers, both support and procurement.
  • Building excellent working relationships with customers and service providers, based on transparency and communication with an aim to continuously improve services. 
  • Ensuring all Stakeholders are involved in regular communication, ensuring that they are fully updated on project progression. 
  • Running projects and support on multiple sites simultaneously. 
  • Dealing with vendors for both products and services, obtaining maximum value for money and ensuring requirements are met and exceeded. 
  • Manage the operation of the IT infrastructure across both school sites and plan its strategic development. 
  • Ensure the school’s IT facilities enable and enhance teaching, learning and administration. 
  • Effectively manage the IT support team to optimise service delivery Trust wide and ensure ongoing professional development and training for team members. 
  • Manage, maintain and control all IT equipment. 
  • Manage the day to day operations of both school networks. 
  • Ensure procurement of all hardware and software adheres to best value principles and is subject to a high quality evaluation, installation and maintenance. 
  • Manage the IT team to ensure a professional, efficient and effective support service for staff and pupils. 
  • To implement and maintain an electronic database of all ICT support requests. 
  • Maintain an electronic inventory of all IT hardware and software, identifying those items that form a part of the asset register and liaising with the finance team and accountants accordingly. 
  • Ensure all IT users have the correct access rights and accounts are regularly reviewed.
  • Manage the maintenance of IT resources (hardware and software) of both schools. 
  • Manage the accurate production of network documentation of the network resources (hardware and software) and inventories and the Fixed Asset Register.
  • To manage all system updates, including SIMS, recognising the flexibility required and need to run some updates after hours or at weekends. 
  • Manage, maintain and develop the schools broadband internet access and email systems. 
  • Supervise the provision of technical advice to all staff. 
  • Advise SLT on opportunities to improve existing systems. 
  • Manage staff appraisal and monitoring of performance. 
  • Control and implement the school’s security policies in respect of all software and hardware and ensure the security and integrity of the networks, licensing and copyright requirements. 
  • Be prepared to attend training courses and also identify training needs of staff. 
  • Offer technical advice and support to other schools within the Brentwood Academies Trust.
  • Prepare and manage the IT budgets, reporting any variances to the Finance Director. 
  • To ensure disaster recovery procedures are in place and regularly tested. Ensuring back up procedures are robust and comply with the BAT financial regulations. 
  • Assist with providing strategic support and direction. 
  • Raise the profile of IT in the school. 
  • Raise risk assessment awareness for safe working practice in IT. 
  • Maintain existing relations with IT suppliers and partners whilst focusing on value for money. 
  • Advise on purchasing and negotiation of hardware and support contracts. 
  • Advise on school requirements, upgrades and new technologies and their application. 
  • Supervise projects as required including working with contractors and consultants. 
  • Develop and facilitate a better teaching and learning environment. 
  • Contribute to delivery of whole staff training. 
  • Maintenance of the St Martins telephone system. 
  • Support the site team in management of the St Martins CCTV system. 
  • Ensure all systems comply with the current GDPR requirements. 
  • Support of St Martins cashless catering system. 
  • Management of the school web filtering system. 
  • Maintain and update St Martins website

Projects Successfully Managed:

  • Migration of St Martins Email from onsite Exchange 2007 server to Office 365. 
  • Upgrade of servers from 2003 to 2012 R2. 
  • Migration and upgrade from Server 2008 to Server 2012/2016 
  • Renewal of Server Hosts and SAN. 
  • Replacement of St Martins aged CAT 5 cabling to CAT 6, including new fibre optics and managed switch configuration. 
  • Installation of 2nd Core switch.
  • Migration and implementation to new broadband provider. 
  • Migration to new parental communication system 
  • Planning and implementation of a new St Martins website. 
  • Implementation of new managed network and data migration in Larchwood Primary 
  • Upgrade of both schools from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
  • Implementation of managed print software in both schools. 
  • Rollout of Microsoft Teams to both schools.

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