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ESMS is a unique family of independent schools in the heart of Edinburgh. It is now the largest independent school in Europe, educating over 2,700 boys and girls from nursery through to sixth form.

The ESMS Parent Portal gives parents access to more information online then they have ever had before. This enables the school to improve their efficiency in dealing with parent communication, which helps both school staff and parents.

The new Parent Portal gives parents the ability to log in to one system from which they can retrieve all relevant information on their child or children, as well as being able to feed information back into the system themselves.

Parents can view information on their child in a user-friendly web environment. Some information is specific to their child or children, such as:

  • Attendance records
  • School reports
  • Timetables

Other information is tailored to the school, year or group the child belongs to, such as:

  • Sports fixtures & results
  • Lunch menus
  • Event calendar

With both the Sports fixtures functionality and the Event calendar, parents are able to filter the information according to their interests. They are then able to view a customised list of all relevant events which they can extract and print from a PDF.

Parents can also feed information back to the school, with functionality such as:

  • Booking of e-Plus services
  • Booking of coach services

The Parent Portal integrates both with the school’s PASS Management Information System (MIS) and with School Post, a parent messaging system, with additional functionality being created by mso – meaning that parents can now interact with the school at a time convenient to them, 24/7.

As well as the obvious benefits to parents, the school has been able to reduce time spent on administration tasks. Data no longer needs to be manually entered into multiple systems, and staff members are able to spend less time dealing with enquiries and paperwork from parents.

Within days of the new ESMS Parent Portal being made available to parents, the school’s Principal had personally been approached by several parents who complimented him on the new system.

We have been very pleased with the technology and service provided by mso education. From the beginning of the project they demonstrated a high level of expertise in the school technology sector, while also understanding that ESMS has specific needs with being the largest family of independent schools in Europe.

The Parent Portal solution that mso education delivered more than met those needs, while meeting all our budgets and timescales. Throughout the project they took the time to explain everything to us and engaged with our key stakeholders. We look forward to continuing our relationship with mso education and are already in discussions regarding further development work.

Dr Khalid Hussain, Director of ICT

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