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New school opens with ‘best possible learning’ IT facilities

Date 23 Nov 2007
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A leading North East business provider has completed work on a major contract to provide the IT infrastructure for a new Gateshead school. The contract is a major coup for Washington-based firm Knowledge and involved designing, supplying and installing a campus wide high performance wireless network for the recently opened Cardinal Hume Catholic School.

More than a 1,000 desktop and laptop PCs have been supplied as part of a deal to ensure that all of the School's 980 eleven to 18 year-old pupils have access to computers and other technology such as email and broadband internet services.

Formerly St Edmund Campion Roman Catholic School, the secondary school for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle has been relocated from Rugby Gardens in Wrekenton to a new £24 million purpose built site on the Old Durham Road.

It was recently opened in a special ceremony by the most senior Roman Catholic priest in the UK, His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz. He is the Apostolic Nuncio - the Pope's official diplomatic representative in the UK.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School was awarded ‘Specialist College' status in 2006 for mathematics and computing, and is the only school in the region that has benefited from a direct pathfinder grant from the government for its building and IT programme.

Wi-fi access has been installed throughout the 10 acre site by Knowledge together with hardwired computer facilities, integrated PowerPoint projector systems, satellite TV and broadband access in the classrooms.

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