Good high quality, high spec and reliable machines, that look just like new. Medhurst’s Circular Computing machines represented the best value for my budget.
Jim Turner, Network Manager, Chichester High School
Chichester High School prides itself on its core values to enjoy, endeavour and excel its students with an Ofsted rated Outstanding education. A love of learning for its own sake, is at the heart of every lesson and conversation. The rich history of the school started as two separate boys and girls establishments in 1971, merging in 2013 as a part of the TKAT Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), to bring together a unified strategy of an excellent education, that would offer each and every student the very best chance of securing the best opportunities.
Jim Turner, Network Manager at forward thinking TKAT MAT Chichester High School, is a passionate IT enthusiast that wants the best for his school, its environment and the children’s education. Jim has previous industry experience procuring ICT for schools for over 16 years, ten of which have been spent at Chichester. His challenge was to replace the existing and tired laptops with Enterprise grade machines working to a budget. He wanted performance without compromise and to avoid budget models known for unreliability. After meeting Medhurst at the Bett Show in 2017, Jim was introduced to Circular Computing – the product and the ethos – and the relationship blossomed.
After further consultations to understand CHS’s needs, the solution became clear. As part of a total ICT solution, 114 re-manufactured Circular Computing laptops were ordered. “Like new, is how I value the solution” said Jim, “the laptops all look and perform as a new laptop, but the 3 year warranty reassured me that support was there if I needed it – it creates peace of mind”. Jim’s decision champions Carbon Zero laptops, educating and enabling welfare within vulnerable societies through Circular’s reforestation in India and Zambia and proves that you can make better buying decisions without compromise.
With over 500 education and commercial customers, Medhurst worked with Circular Computers to deliver a Sustainable IT solution for CHS with remanufactured laptops costed at 40% less than new, without compromise on quality. The school considered new and refurbished laptops alongside the remanufactured Circular Computing laptops, but Jim found what he needed from the Circular range and working with Medhurst to implement the solution.
“Medhurst, and in particular one of their IT education specialists, Tom Drew, really took the time to understand and build a relationship with our school. They understood our needs and the education market as a whole. Although our budgets often challenge us, it felt like we were treated as if it was 10 years ago when the finances were more readily available. The Circular Computing product range felt exactly as new and was exceptional, compared to the usual poor quality you sometimes associate with second hand. This product felt brand new. So much so, that I recommended it up to the TKAT MultiAcademy Trust.” Jim Turner, Network Manager, CHS
With CHS looking to further its green initiatives, the Circular Computing concept has helped reduce e-waste, prevent further CO2 emissions and provides the foundation for a sustainability drive at the school. Jim, inspired by the Circular story, is recycling the old laptops by selling and gifting to charitable causes. Any funds received are invested into new school extracurricular activities stating ‘IT can now do their bit to contribute to the environment.’