Hillcrest Grammar and Preparatory School, United Kingdom, Europe
Cyberoam Shields Hillcrest Grammar School’s Network from Harmful Content
About Hillcrest Grammar and Preparatory School, Education

Hillcrest Grammar and Preparatory School is a specialist independent day school that provides excellent, inclusive, co-educational, private education for pupils from age group Three (3) to Sixteen (16) in the Stockport area of Cheshire.

The school is one of the most respected small schools in Stockport and Greater Manchester and it has an excellent track record of academic success. In addition, the school offers parents a warm, bespoke style of education where their children are nurtured, valued as individuals and encouraged.

Clubs, extra academic clinics and activities are an integral part of the school and Hillcrest prides itself on offering a 360-degree holistic education that allows children to thrive and find their own talents and interests. Appropriate emphasis is placed on good manners, tolerance to others and an awareness of the world beyond the school gates.

Cyberoam helps us in protecting the students from harmful content on Internet. The solution is just what we wanted i.e. it is easy to use and works out of the box.

Mr. Richard Hey
Head of ICT
Hillcrest Grammar and Preparatory School

Being a modern and one of the most respected small schools in Stockport and Greater Manchester, Internet plays a key role in teaching and research activities. With Internet being an inseparable part of academic curriculum, the school has a responsibility to ensure that whatever exposure the students have to the Internet, even outside the classroom, they do not encounter anything inappropriate or harmful for their age.

“We needed to protect children of age group 3 to 16 years from inappropriate m aterial on the internet. This had to be flexible so that we could customize the filter lists easily as and when staff needs to allow children to access blocked sites”, said Mr. Richard Hey, Head of ICT at Hillcrest Grammar School.

The issues that they faced were:

Need of Web Content Filtering

“As a modern-day education school, it is necessary for us to provide the students with access to the Internet as and how they require. Then again, we need to consider their safety and ensure that they are not exposed to the content that is not suitable for their viewing”, said Mr. Hey.

To summarize, he wanted a solution that would allow him to keep a perfect balance between providing sufficient Internet access and blocking harmful and inappropriate content.

The Cyberoam Solution

Having been dissatisfied with CA Gateway Security, Hillcrest Grammar School was looking for a solution that is easy to setup and maintain. CSE Vitman Ltd, a Cyberoam Partner, introduced the school to Cyberoam. CSE Vitman Ltd helped Hillcrest Grammar School scrutinize the varied features that Cyberoam has to offer, which made them realize that Cyberoam is the best fit for all their requirements. They purchased One (1) CR 50iNG and subscribed to Total Value Subscription (TVS) of security services for Three (3) years. They deployed the appliance in Gateway Mode.

After deploying Cyberoam in the network, the benefits that they notice are:

  • Network Perimeter Shielded

    Cyberoam’s Next-generation Firewall shields the Hillcrest Grammar School’s network from all kinds of outside threats. Its ICSA and Checkmark - dual certified Stateful Inspection Firewall provides granular access controls over Internet traffic and network resources. It provides deep packet inspection for network based security ensuring that unauthorized access is denied at the Gateway itself eliminating the scope of illegitimate pilfering of data or harm to internal resources.

  • Disciplined Internet Access

    Cyberoam’s Web Content Filtering feature controls Internet access in the Hillcrest Grammar School network by blocking inappropriate and unsafe Web content, including Phishing and other Malware -laden sites. This is done through a constantly updated database of millions of sites divided into more than 89+ categories.

    Moreover, Cyberoam’s identity-based filtering allows Mr. Hey in setting of individual user Internet access policy, surfing quota, time limits and bandwidth restrictions. With the help of Cyberoam Internet Access Time controls and Web Filtering, Mr. Hey is able to customize Internet access policies to cater to individual needs.

  • Students’ Online Activities Monitored

    “Cyberoam’s reporting feature is just superb. It is very interesting to see granular details like who consumed the most network bandwidth or who visited what all sites”, said Mr. Hey. The Reporting Module includes many useful features like 4-eye Authentication, Traffic Discovery, Internet Bandwidth Usage Monitoring, Top Accessed Categories and Google Search Reports, which enhances the visibility of a User’s online behavior. To top it all, this feature comes at no additional cost.

  • To Conclude

    “Cyberoam helps us in protecting the students from harmful content on Internet. The solution is just what we wanted i.e. it is easy to use and works out of the box”, said Mr. Hey.