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The Cognita group encompasses 58 schools across the UK, Europe, South-East Asia, and Latin America. Fitting a broad profile, the family of schools includes nurseries, pre-prep, prep, junior, and senior schools. Cognita employs 3,500 teaching and support staff in the care and education of over 17,900 pupils.
Cognita schools are designed to be largely autonomous. Each school is led by a head-teacher and a school-based leadership team. Being part of the group ensures that schools benefit from support services and from access to an extensive collegiate network. Regional teams of experienced educationalists provide academic staff with a range of expertise, whilst core business functions such as systems infrastructure are provided by dedicated staff who work throughout the regions. With this model in place, Cognita relies on an extensive data network and the challenge was to improve security and enforce it across the network in order to protect IT resources and provide peace of mind. Cognita also wanted to connect all sites to the head office and establish peer networks between each school.