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We are considering using Pricing | QuickSchools.com - QuickSchools.com Online School Management System for a small independant secondary school ...
2nd October 2011, 08:36 PM #1
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We are considering using Pricing | QuickSchools.com - QuickSchools.com Online School Management System for a small independant secondary school which has around 130 pupils.
Are there any other products we should be considering?
3rd October 2011, 07:44 AM #2
A few that we know of here:
ISAMs - purports to be good for independent.
Scholarpack - formerly free and open source, but still worthy.
FreeMIS - since you're small and it's free
Bromcom - probably too large and expensive
SIMS - as above
TS school - free, found on another thread here (via google!) TS School screenshot - Free school administration
CMIS - maybe too big and costly
3rd October 2011, 07:56 AM #3
We're a small independent too. Earlier this year, we were making this choice too. Our final two were Schoolbase and Scholarpack and it was a difficult decision.
Scholarpack has the advantage of being wholly hosted - nothing to install or maintain because it's out on the web. In small schools with fewservers and IT staff, that's a huge advantage!
The SLT went with Schoolbase, but I'm not entirely sure it was theright decision for us. Setting up a VPN for it via our RM provided ADSL has been very difficult. Please PM me if you want to know more.
3rd October 2011, 08:00 AM #4
Elsiegee I've stepped into a school that made the same choice. It does a decent job but unless you have your permissions set up perfectly and WiFi / wired network is perfect, you will have problems.
For example I found changing a users network logon password caused havoc with schoolbase for that user.
3rd October 2011, 08:12 AM #5
Wifi? What wifi?!
The decision was made because Schoolbase uses Sage for it's accounts and billing which is good.
The bad has been that it's taken RM a month to finally get our router settings correct for the VPN. Hallelujah moment last Friday afternoon.
It does add to my part-time busy workload which is why I'd suggest small independents seriously consider Scholarpack's wholly hosted solution.
Last edited by elsiegee40; 3rd October 2011 at 09:13 AM.
3rd October 2011, 08:34 AM #6
I mentioned that but the ineptitude of the previous IT guy left things here in a right state (well the infrastructure is sound but the rest is poor). So far I've spent £22k to get things up to scratch
3rd October 2011, 10:08 AM #7
As it's a US based company you'll need to consider the Data Protection Act. If the data is stored outside of the EEA, which I imagine is likely, then the company has to have signed up to the Safe Harbour agreement. Preferably they would also be using a data centre in the EU.
4th October 2011, 10:02 AM #8
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Does Quickschools handle the UK censuses like workforce and the Independent school census in January? From a quick chat with a salesperson on their website they said 'they think so' but I can't see anything on their website?
4th October 2011, 10:21 AM #9
I would hazard a guess that the answer is almost certainly NO. It's US based, so i'm sure they will say they can get whatever data you want out, but, it's unlikely to be a part of the system that is maintained with pre-defined reports; adjusted every time the goalposts of the government are adjusted on a whim.
Originally Posted by crispy
I suppose it's not too bad for independent schools who don't have those requirements, and if the school is small enough, with a per student per month pricing plan it's cheap.
I can't see it being an option if it would cost us $4500 per month!!! Even SIMS is cheaper than that! That would pay for SIMS, In Touch, SLG and a mighty fine all singing and dancing coffee maker
Thanks to vikpaw from:
featured_spectre (4th October 2011)
4th October 2011, 11:53 AM #10
In fact, to be fair, all of our UK based providers are way cheaper than that, and generally comparable with eachother. That coffee maker would be a £20,000 coffee maker by the way so as well as singing, dancing, making tea (!) it also does your homework and Tax returns. Sorry for any confusion.
5th October 2011, 11:05 AM #11
Just for you, we now have a Schoolbase prefix, so you can tag your threads
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
9th October 2011, 09:22 PM #12
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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