Noel Erskine, St Gabriel’s School, UK

Noel Erskine, St Gabriel's SchoolSpeaking recently to Double First, Noel Erskine, the Bursar of St Gabriel’s School, a leading independent school for girls based in Newbury, Berkshire, explained why the Engage education management information system is so important in day-to-day operations.

“I need Management Information at my fingertips all day, every day. But so do so many others in our school, whether it’s the:

  • Head on the phone to a parent needing effort cards and reports;
  • the Timetabler looking at cover at 8.15 in the morning;
  • the Director of Studies putting together the GCSE Option Blocks.

Every one of these needs subsets of pupil / staff / parent information as well as some needing sophisticated manipulation of financial information.

“I have worked with large projects and complex IT systems, but the requirements of a school are more demanding, wide-ranging and interconnected than any other business.

Engage from Double First has the breadth of cover to make really significant improvements to the efficient management of a school. Support is excellent and development and new ideas continue apace.

“This school has been a user of Double First management systems for more than 15 years and continues to see improvements with pupil assessment, performance tracking, SEN as well as the traditional financial areas such as management accounts and payroll.”

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