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    www.quickschools.com software

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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?

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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

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    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.

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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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crispy View Post
    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?
    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.

    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    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.
    Just for you, we now have a Schoolbase prefix, so you can tag your threads

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

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