Wheatley Park School, situated in Holton, Oxfordshire (just 5 miles east of Oxford University), is one of the UK’s Google reference schools.
The 1,150-pupil school pioneered the 1:1 Chromebook program in the UK. Running for 5 years now, the program draws visitors from around the world to observe G Suite & Chromebook integrations in education.
After using PaperCut in conjunction with Google Cloud Print for years, the impending deprecation of Google Cloud Print at the end of 2020 meant IT Technical Director Roger Nixon needed a robust replacement.
It’s better and more reliable than Google Cloud Print, that’s the key thing.
- Roger Nixon, Wheatley Park School IT Technical Director
Wheatley Park School needed a Google Cloud Print replacement to enable Chromebook printing
Wheatley Park had been operating a 1:1 staff and student Chromebook program for a number of years using Google Cloud Print to enable printing. Before implementing PaperCut students were wastefully printing, leaving piles of wasted print jobs found at the printer, with no visibility into printing behaviors.
While Google Cloud Print was fine for enabling printing, it did have occasional dropouts that required a system reboot. But primarily the deprecation of Google Cloud Print looming meant it was no longer an option. Wheatley Park needed both print enablement and management solutions specifically for Chromebooks.
The school’s IT technical director Roger Nixon needed a robust solution suitable for schools with limited bandwidth. Not only did he require a solution for print enablement and management, but also to deploy printers without end-users having to do anything.