Manage school applications efficiently
Managing school places is never easy, not least because the process can involve complex parental enquiries, where detailed knowledge of each application is crucial.
Our admissions and transfers software simplifies the whole process, featuring convenient, online self-service portals for schools, parents and carers which are fully integrated with powerful back office functionality, removing the need for admissions teams to manually add applications.
The citizen portal enables parents and carers to complete the full application process from their smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs, including updating information and tracking progress on offers. Other features include in-year functionality to allow parents to apply more than once in the same academic year, and the option to allow responses to an update by accepting or declining an offer. You can also configure the system to only allow online applications for schools within the home local authority.
Where schools are their own admission authority, our school portal enables them to set ranking criteria and rank applications directly. This automatically updates local authority back-office education data, saving your teams from manually collating information.
From making it easier to manage waiting lists and meet statutory requirements, to having a detailed, easily-referenceable history to manage appeals and enquiries more efficiently, we help admissions teams manage applications and transfers more effectively, fairly and consistently.
Successfully processed through our software in 2021
> 70 local authorities
Local authorities in England using our admissions software
Submitted by parents online in 2021
Time saved for a full-time staff member at one local authority
Parents and carers feel more involved
Customise citizen and school portals to meet local need
Intelligence to improve outcomes
Make it easier to remain compliant
Self-serve options for schools to ease the admissions burden on local authorities
Schools who are their own admissions authority, such as church schools, special schools and academies, can set their own ranking criteria and rank applications directly via the schools portal. The information they enter automatically updates the back office records so local authority teams no longer need to manually collate and enter information. Schools can also be given access to view applications for phase and in-year transfer groups, the latest waiting lists, and to view and verify sibling applications, removing the need for local authorities to report and send data to schools, and making the data transfer process more efficient and secure.
Enhanced support subscription service to help manage admissions
Designed specifically to support admissions teams in managing and de-risking the admissions cycle, our flexible remote support service provides direct access to our admissions specialists. They’ll help with implementing new features as well as giving support on day-to-day activities, when you need it, to ensure that key (and sometimes unfamiliar) routines and tasks are carried out correctly.
Who benefits and how?
Parents and young people
Local authority admissions teams
“Moving online has cut the number of late applications. Information is captured automatically, so there is no longer any need to send out letters or spend time re-keying data into the system. The whole process is slicker and the equivalent of two months’ work has been saved for a full-time member of staff, who can now spend more time on other tasks.”
Councillor Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council