How Frederick Gough School use Smoothwall Filter to stabilise their network and regain control over their web filtering
Frederick Gough School is a community secondary school based in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. It is the biggest council-led secondary school in the county with over 1200 students aged between 11–16 years.
The school had been experiencing several challenges with its web filtering. It was a basic solution provided by the Local Authority, controlled by a central server and shared across several other schools. Cost effective in principle. But less so in reality. There was no ability to create custom categories so overblocking was becoming an issue. If another school created a filter rule, it would apply to all schools. Reporting was also very limited.
The school was becoming concerned about meeting its statutory obligations.
One of the school’s biggest requirements was for more in-depth filtering – far more than just the blocking of a URL. The school’s Senior IT Technician, Matthew Snell, tells us why: “We use a lot of YouTube videos for educational purposes, but we had to block YouTube because of the volume of explicit and inappropriate material on there. We wanted a solution that could release those educational videos but block the rest.”
Matthew and his team were tasked with finding a new solution that would supply the school with the functionality needed.
Smoothwall is working brilliantly. It is very clever and will see risks we haven't actually blocked and alert us to them.