Leading British IT company Viglen has beaten several competitors to win high-profile tenders for three new build Academies across the UK. The contracts have a combined total value in excess of £4.5 million and are for Bedford Academy, All Saints Academy, Dunstable and the Skinners’ Kent Academy, one of the family of Skinners’ Company schools. They will all benefit from Viglen’s innovative ICT solutions, which aim to enhance education and underpin the aspirations and philosophies of the Academies.
The succession of wins comes after the ICT solutions provider, whose major shareholder is Lord Sugar, was awarded a position on the Becta ICT framework last year. Upon closure of Becta, the framework transferred to the DfE and Viglen have since beaten competitors to eight prestigious multi-million pound new business wins. The three contracts will see Viglen and their services become central to the ICT strategies of the learning institutions.
The Bedford Academy contract, which is to the value of £2million and runs over four years, will see the Science & Technology-specialist institution become an ICT-rich environment as it takes on high-quality Viglen products in its new premises. The All Saints Academy, Dunstable is hoping that its fully-integrated Viglen solution, worth just under a million pounds over four years, will transform its learning, teaching and administration services, whilst the arrangement with Skinners’ Kent Academy will be worth over £1.6 million over three years. With its student population expected to grow, ICT is core to Skinners’ Kent Academy’s expansion strategy. The appointment of Viglen at all three Academies plays a key role in ICT becoming a critical factor in motivating young people.
In total, Viglen’s ICT solutions for these contracts will benefit over 3,000 students across the three Academies. The latest state of the art solutions will bring a number of disparate technologies together as a unified system to assist with ICT education transformation. It is hoped that Viglen’s proposition will help raise levels of attainment in these institutions, which in turn can help rejuvenate areas and engage disenfranchised young people.