Schoolcomms for Secondary Schools

“It took less than a minute to send an Assessment Manager report to 223 Year 12 parents – we’re very impressed and so are our parents!”

Steyning Grammar School

Payments

Set up payment requests and send notifications to parents

Gather parental consent for trips, clubs etc

Integrates with cashless caterers

Full audit reports

Ability to process manual transactions and refunds

Option to fix transaction charges

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Messaging

Text – two way, create templates and schedule messages

FREE app instant messages sent to smartphones

Read Attendance from SIMS. Write back the Attendance Mark and parent comments to SIMS Attendance

Email SIMS Individual Assessment and Profile Reports

Write messages back to SIMS Comms Log

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Clubs

Set up clubs and limit numbers

Club member and attendance reporting

Collect and manage parent cash and online payments

Parents can view and book clubs and sessions online

Print registers

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Behaviour & Achievement

Share achievements with parents and students

Notify parents of SIMS behaviour incidents

Choose what to publish

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Timetables

Publish curriculum timetables straight from SIMS

Parents, staff and students can view exam timetables online

Compatible with various platforms including Apple Watch

 

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Forms & Surveys

Set up links to live forms and surveys

Accessible to parents, staff and students

Improve response rates

Speed up response times

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Secondary School Case Study

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Number on Roll: 1149

Member of staff: Heath Wadsworth, IT Technician

Products: Messaging, Payments, Online Reporting, Parents Evening

"We now have swifter communications between school and home and parents are really engaged”

How did you hear of Schoolcomms?

Our finance officer started it off, our old systems were clunky and we were in a good place to move to another system.

What made Schoolcomms stand out from other similar systems?

“We put together a comparison of other systems and Schoolcomms was the obvious choice”

We had a demo of the system and a free trial. Compared to other systems Schoolcomms seemed easy to use whereas others were clunky. We spoke to another school that already used Schoolcomms and they were very complimentary. We did our homework, we put together a comparison of other systems and Schoolcomms was the obvious choice.

How has Schoolcomms improved communications between school and home?

We now have swifter communications between school and home and parents are really engaged

We use Schoolcomms Messaging, Payments, Online Reporting and Parents Evening, everything being in one place makes things a lot easier. The software works well and everyone who has seen the system says it ticks all the boxes. We now have swifter communications between school and home and parents are really engaged with their child’s school life as School Gateway provides somewhere for them to go to view this.

We’re saving money on postage as we’re able to use Messaging to send emails and texts and also in-app messages to parents who’ve signed up. We’re keen to drive the app to parents even more in September as this saves even more money, we think the app also looks fantastic and is so intuitive.

How was the transition from your old system to Schoolcomms?

“The change to Schoolcomms was smooth and it rolled out beautifully. It was so seamless because it integrates so well with SIMS”

There are lots of changes happening in the school at the moment, but the change to Schoolcomms was smooth and it rolled out beautifully. It was so seamless because it integrates so well with SIMS, all the data was already there so we just had to download Schoolcomms onto our system and it was ready to use.

What would you say is the winning feature of Schoolcomms?

“It’s offered everything and more, we’re really happy with the one solution”

I would definitely recommend Schoolcomms, from a technical perspective it’s so easy to set up and it has been so worth the change in terms of saving us money. The support is great; I’m not just talking from a technical perspective but end user support as well. It’s offered everything and more, we’re really happy with the one solution.

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