School printing has always been a problem for IT managers. Here’s how directprint.io worked with ALP Schools to make Chromebook printing more reliable, secure and accountable.

About ALP

ALP (Alternative Learning Project) aims to create flexible, individualised programmes of learning support for young people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access mainstream education.

ALP does some amazing work across 3 distributed school locations in the UK. The distribution of the schools – 130 miles between some locations meant that ALP needed a centralized, Cloud-based printer management system, but didn’t want to lose the reliability of local network Chromebook printing. directprnt.io was the perfect match.

How we transformed ALP Schools printing

  • ALP introduced directprint.io, a unique cloud-managed, local network print solution that worked effectively across all of their UK schools
  • directprint.io eliminated the school’s need for print servers and redirected print jobs straight to the printer using its universal driver
  • Secure Print was enabled on all printers to improve security when teachers or students are printing confidential documents

Graham Gosden, Head of IT at ALP Schools, contacted directprint.io to find a solution to the organisation’s advanced print requirements.


We sat down with Graham to find out more…

Hi Graham! How many ALP schools are currently using directprint.io?

ALP Schools is made up of 3 separate schools – Pierview Academy, Parkview Academy and ALP Leicester. Due to the amount we print, every school uses directprint.io’s print solution and we remotely administer each site.

What sort of difficulties were you experiencing with school printing before using directprint.io?

We’d previously tried using Cloud Print and another 3rd party print solution but were becoming increasingly frustrated with having to maintain the servers on-site. It was time to move to more reliable solution. All of our students have varied special educational needs so it’s important that we can cover the costs of additional staffing and extracurricular activities. By removing the servers, not only did we eliminate a huge cost but it also meant we had less equipment on each site.

What would you say the main benefits of directprint.io are?

  1. Serverless – The main reason we chose directprint.io is because it’s serverless and Cloud-managed, meaning there is no hardware onsite.
  2. Control – You have a great deal of control via the admin control panel. As an admin, I am able to force install printers remotely which makes the installation process much quicker.
  3. Usability – All of our students and teachers find the solution really easy to use. They only see the printers they need to so there’s rarely any complications. It’s also great for admins because we can manage the system via the control panel and set certain print policies for different students/years to reduce costs.
  4. Secure Print – The newest feature we’ve had installed is Secure Print. It’s been  great for when staff need to print confidential documents/progress reports – prints no longer end up in the wrong hands!

How do the features differ from solutions you have used before?

The main difference and benefit of directprint.io is that you don’t need a print server to process a print job. This was a huge plus for us, especially as we have sites distributed across the breadth of England. Removing our servers has not only saved us money, it’s also help to reduce support calls about lost print jobs.

What has your experience with directprint.io been like?

School printing with directprint.io Chromebook printing.
School printing with directprint.io Chromebook printing.

directprint.io’s solution has been brilliant and suited our organisation’s needs far more than any other management system. The ongoing support David and his team have delivered has been second to none; the company has gone above and beyond to ensure we have all the required features to help our students receive the best education possible.

Would you recommend directprint.io for school printing?

Yes, definitely!

If you’d like to find out more about how directprint.io can help your school/organization, send us an email at help@directprint.io and we’d be more than happy to arrange a demo appointment.

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