When you’re placed in the top 10% of this country’s sixth form colleges for A Level provision among 16 to 19 year olds, the drive to provide the best for your students is of paramount importance. That’s why Birkenhead Sixth Form College, based in the Wirral, has invested £3.5 million into their facilities over recent years.

The investment has focused on developing an excellent learning facility for all students, with focus on the use of technology and mobile learning in particular - which won the college national acclaim from the Learning Skills Network and has now seen the college shortlisted for the ‘TES Award for Sixth Form College of the Year 2017’*. What’s more, the college has been recently rated OFSTED outstanding which is no mean feat under the current OFSTED framework.

Leading the technology investment, John Paul Szkudlapski, Head of IT services at the college, said:

“There is a huge drive here at Birkenhead to equip our students with the very best as we start to prepare them for the future. Access to first class technology is crucial at this turning point in our students’ careers but meeting those requirements while adhering to ever decreasing budgets can be a challenge.”

“That’s why we turned to Hardware Associates for our latest hardware purchases. By buying over 80 refurbished Dell Optiplex desktops in 2016 we were able to make a saving of over £16,000. What’s more the machines are covered by a year’s warranty and Hardware Associates’ Q20 Promise which completely negates the risk of buying refurbished and makes it a no brainer.”

The desktops, which were installed over the course of 2016, are now being utilised by students throughout the college, helping to further enhance the education on offer at Birkenhead.

*To find out more about Birkenhead’s nomination please visit this page.