Situated on an ancient site in Hampshire, Yateley Manor has grown from a small boys’ boarding school to a large co-educational day school. SIMS has supported Yateley Manor through periods of great change and continues to grow with the school into the future.
“We wanted an intuitive, whole school system that would allow us to grow yet enable us to manage information such as pupils’ attendance data centrally,” says Headmaster Rob Williams. “Crucially, we needed a system that could cope with our complex timetabling needs. The SIMS Nova-T software handles all this beautifully.”
Keith Murrall, Academic Deputy Headmaster, explains: “Every member of staff has a PC on their desk, and regularly accesses SIMS. When they log on to the SIMS Homepage at the start of the day, for example, they can instantly see if they need to cover lessons for an absent colleague. This all
contributes to the efficient running of the school.”
“We’ve evolved over the years, and so has SIMS. We’re increasingly using SIMS in the admissions process and for tracking enquiries. This has enabled us to identify a shift in the number of pupils joining us in Year 7 in recent years. We have some excellent sixth form colleges in the area, which means that senior schools are focusing more intently on recruiting younger children. Knowing this helps us to be more effective in promoting the true value of the education we provide,” says Rob
Keith agrees: “These years are a crucial time educationally for children, so we are playing a key part in piloting the Prep School Baccalaureate. This is a two-year programme of study for Year 7 and 8 pupils to prepare them academically, personally, socially, culturally and spiritually for the challenges of life as young adults. It’s my belief that this is the most important initiative since I joined the profession.”
Rob concludes: “We have a strong academic spine, but balance this with developing a child’s all round character and personal skills. SIMS supports these aims. In fact, we haven’t found any other MIS out there capable of doing what SIMS can.”