Smoothwall Filter 

Unparalleled, 100% real-time filtering, designed from the ground up for UK education. Trusted by 1 in 3 schools.


Smoothwall Filter - Highlights

Provides the safest filtering possible 

Content-aware, 100% real-time filtering protects students in real-time, all of the time.

Promotes rich, age-appropriate learning

Blocks pages, not sites, to eliminate overblocking and promote productive online experiences.

Choice of deployment

Available as on-premise, cloud or hybrid deployments.

The best-in-class web filtering for UK education

Smoothwall Filter is recognised as an Accredited Filter Provider with the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC).


Smoothwall Filter - At a glance



The best-in-class web filtering for UK education

Smoothwall Filter is recognised as an Accredited Filter Provider with the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC).


Key benefits

Highest possible safety:

100% real-time, dynamic content analysis

Assesses and permits web pages at the point of request. Inappropriate or harmful content is blocked the second it goes live. Students are protected at all times.

Notifications and reports

Notifies of incidents across 7 category rule sets, enabling prompt attention. Enables reporting on search behaviours by individual or groups to support incident investigations and education. 

Supports BYOD

Provides filtering across public Wi-Fi and guest mobile devices securely on the network and across all platforms. Meaning students' own devices are fully filtered too.  

Works behind HTTPS

Detects harmful or malicious content that is hidden, including behind Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and secure anonymous proxies. 


Richest possible learning:

Social media controls

Provides flexible tools to remove inappropriate content from social media sites while permitting read-only access for students’ research and learning.

Who, what, where and when 

Enables tailored policies based on user group, content category, time, location IP, subnet and hostname for mobile devices and laptops. Allows students safe, age-/time-appropriate online experiences regardless of device or location.

Easy management

Offers intelligent bandwidth management to allow media and file sharing in class/school with minimum impact on existing services. Learning is not impeded in any way.

Peace of mind for IT: 

Multi-OS support

Available on Chrome OS, Windows, macOS and iOS devices.

Choice of deployment – on-premise, cloud, or hybrid

Works with your preferred IT environment. 

Reports and alerts for student wellbeing

Easily create, generate and schedule tailored reports for pastoral care and administrators.


Peace of mind for leaders and DSLs:

Full incident reporting

Reports on 100% of data for a full contextual picture around any safeguarding incident.

Device protection – all of the time

Features apply on all devices, in school, at home or in between. Students are consistently protected.

Control student VPN access

Includes a range of measures to detect, remediate and alert for students' attempts to bypass controls.

What our customers say

Video case studies:



Systems Engineer


Smoothwall are great at being ahead of the game and are always in front when it comes to meeting the requirements faced by schools. 

Warwickshire County Council



Network Admin


Smoothwall is there and it is filtering and we know it's working and we know we can rely on it.

Frederick Gough School


Further reading

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