Driving digital transformation for King Edward VI Foundation

Deborah Jepson

Central M365 platform enhances collaboration and device management across multiple schools

AspiraCloud is delighted to welcome the King Edward VI Foundation as our latest education customer.

Based in Birmingham, the King Edward VI Foundation is a combination of independent schools and academies, including two nationally recognised independent schools, as well as the King Edward VI Academy Trust which encompasses 11 local schools, made up of six grammar schools and five non-selective comprehensive academies. The schools educate more than 11,000 children and young people, representing 1 in 10 of Birmingham’s secondary-aged pupils.

In line with the Foundation’s mission to lead educational excellence for the city of Birmingham, it is initially looking to migrate all the schools onto a single, central Microsoft 365 tenant. This Single Central Enterprise Platform (SCEP) migration journey is part of the Foundation’s digital transformation programme to enable collaboration and boost communication across the entire organisation.

Explains Ather Abbas, Associate Director of Digital Transformation at King Edward VI Foundation: “The migration of our schools to the single central Microsoft platform will transform our organisation: enhancing collaboration amongst our teachers, reducing unnecessary workload, simplifying operations and saving money.”

Adrian Edgar, Managing Director at AspiraCloud adds: “We are thrilled to be supporting the King Edward VI Foundation with this strategic digital transformation project. As experts in Microsoft 365 cloud migration, combined with our education experience, we look forward to working with the Foundation and helping them achieve their vision for all the schools.”

The project kicked off with the King Edward VI Balaam Wood Academy in October; over 600 devices as well as large amounts of data stored by staff, pupils and shared folders were restructured and migrated to the single, central Microsoft platform. Over the forthcoming 2023/24 academic year, AspiraCloud will work closely with King Edward’s School, King Edward VI Handsworth Girls School and King Edward VI Aston School to help them successfully migrate to the SCEP.

Already working with numerous independent schools, MATs, universities and colleges including Cheam School, Academy Transformation Trust, and Bath Spa University, AspiraCloud is dedicated to helping education institutions cost effectively improve the quality of teaching and learning through technology.

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