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Phone Systems For Schools

Education phone systems that are right for you
Reliable, efficient telecoms services are critical to schools and colleges, because they impact on both teaching and administrative activities. Your education phone system may have been there for a while, but that does not mean it has to be part of the furniture.
Just as schools and colleges have changed over the last few years, school and college telephone systems have also developed dramatically too. Modern phone systems now need to integrate fully into your data network.

There are three main school or college phone systems to choose from:


Historically many schools have installed an on-premise system which offered a long lifespan.

There are many Private Branch Exchange (PBX) systems which still work and iCS will provide guidance on whether you should continue with your current investment or completely transform your phone system.

However, it should be noted that many existing school telephone systems use traditional ISDN lines. BT has announced it will switch off its ISDN network by 2025, with many experts predicting the demise of ISDN by 2020, so now is a good time to consider the next step.

Cloud / Hosted

As well as the traditional method of having your phone hardware based in your school, there is an increasing range of cloud-based telephony solutions available.

Cloud-based telephony, also known as hosted, allows you to pay a cost per month, per user and you can access all of the features of on-premise based solutions, without the need for hardware (other than the physical phones) on site. You access and control the system simply and easily via a web portal.

Whichever phone system you install, the biggest benefit is that they are able to work from any phone, including mobile devices, enabling true mobile and remote working. This is particularly useful if your staff move between buildings or across several sites.


For schools spread over multiple sites, a hybrid phone system will provide a mix of cloud-based and on-premise technology to provide the school with a resilient solution, so there is no single point of failure at any one site.

We use our expertise in the education sector to recommend the best solution for you.

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Stoke Poges School Case Study

iCS is an independent supplier, offering specific telecoms solutions for education customers. Our experts have over 30 years’ experience in this sector, where we support a wide selection of schools and colleges of all shapes and sizes, from both the state and independent sector.

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