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Hackney Learning Trust (now called Hackney Education) supports young people to achieve their lifelong opportunities. Further, it helps to raise achievement and aspiration.

Following a full EU procurement, Code Enigma was chosen by HLT for their project.


What we did

  • A single, scalable platform hosted on a cloud-based server infrastructure

  • A powerful, easy to use content management system

  • A clean and efficient user experience across all sites

  • eCommerce functionality

  • A resilient and flexible infrastructure with effective disaster recovery

  • Secure extranet service

  • Faster searching through structured filtering of results

  • A fully flexible, state of the art mobile experience across all device


We were very responsive to the need for fluidity inherent in a project of this type. Because we proved ourselves adept in the management of change with true Agile methodologies.

HLT noted their new site provides an efficient user experience. More, this is across all devices that are targeted to the needs of service users.

Also, standard design patterns have been developed and used across all sites. In fact, this ensures consistency and provides responsiveness across all devices.

Their eCommerce site, Services for Schools, has been set up using Drupal Commerce. And extensive modifications have been put in place to integrate credit card payments. As such, it provides the required accounting functionality to allow the business to save year-on-year.

Administrators have a login to all sites is provided through Drupal’s native authentication. So ADFS/SAML authentication was been set up to expose an LDAP-compatible interface. This allowed for user authentication on the Aspire intranet and the creation of a new Aspire Staff Directory.

We stand by our values of being honest, so we asked John what they might like to have done differently. As a result, we’re looking at providing more graphic design upfront. And this will ease responsiveness later on. Secondly, we ensure we allocate appropriate time for release and snagging. Finally, we make our price structure totally clear.

Final word

We’re thrilled to report no complaints whatsoever were made. Hackney Learning Trust recommend us to others. This project even got us a notable mention for a Drupal award!

Code Enigma provide a very good overall service. From day one they demonstrated a clear commitment to collaborative working that enabled a very complex project to be handled most efficiently. 

By providing direct access to developers, they ensured the overall solution properly reached the needs of the business and that the HLT Web Team were empowered to process a very large amount of content in parallel with the ongoing technical development of the websites...

...It is a credit to Code Enigma that they were able to systematically tackle the many challenges posed by a large project and ensure delivery on time and to budget.

John Pitman - Web Manager

Code Enigma presented the strongest bid and evidenced credible experience of being able to deliver a high quality solution, based on Drupal.

They placed a strong emphasis on their intention to promote close collaborative working to enable HLT internal staff to become proficient in the use of the system and take ownership of future development…”

The responses given in Code Enigma’s written submission were very well reasoned and thorough, and excellent detail was provided on how all aspects of the development would be subject to Quality Assurance.

They also provided significant evidence of having worked successfully to deliver web development (including e-commerce), and hosting and support services for other local authorities as well as other organisations in the education and research sector.

John -

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