Gilbertstone Primary School in Birmingham is a larger than average-sized primary school with some 465 pupils aged 4 to 11 years on the roll. Gilbertstone moved to SIMS in December 2011, with Dianne Buchan, Business Manager, overseeing the school’s use of SIMS.
Dianne talks about the move to SIMS: “We had a pretty smooth migration, considering how much data needed to be transferred across to the new system. And once SIMS was installed, both our administration team and our teachers found it straightforward and easy to understand.”
The school has found it useful having the pupil welfare records easily accessible as Dianne explains: “SIMS gives a clear, complete picture of each child, showing exactly what you need to know, whether it’s to look at attendance records or to get an overall picture of any problems, such as behaviour and related incidents. Our Deputy Head in particular is always looking at SIMS, to monitor pupil behaviour throughout the school.”
Dianne has also been particularly impressed with the SIMS Financial Management System (FMS), the accredited double-entry accounting system to enable schools to manage all their key financial processes: “FMS is really good – you can see absolutely everything you need to keep an eye on, it’s quick and easy to check balances and payments to suppliers. It even helps us make accurate returns regarding the complex pupil premium.”
Dianne summarises: “SIMS brings everything into one place, it’s easy to drill down into the data to find the answers you need and I found I could make use of the user-defined reports straight away. SIMS is logical – it makes sense!”
Ceri Crosskey, Headteacher at Gilbertstone Primary School, agrees: “SIMS is proving to be a great tool to centralise our systems whilst allowing improved communication between the different teams within school.”
Gilbertstone Primary School is also providing training for teachers so that they can benefit from the flexibility of SIMS Learning Gateway to offer online access to SIMS for teachers wherever they are.
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