Accounting for pupils whereabouts at times outside of structured lessons. As a boarding school operating 24/7 it is important we can account for the location of our pupils particularly when not in their boarding house.
One of my goals has been to make our environment paperless so when I met the Boardingware team at the BSA Deputy Heads Conference in Brighton I was straight away intrigued. We looked at other solutions but the simplicity of this product really appealed.
In short it is excellent, very responsive and knowledgeable. We have a regular point of contact who has an excellent understanding of the product and is able to translate this into very effective solutions for us.
Very straight forward we scaled the administration to a few key members of the support department and gave Housemasters control over their own house accounts.The level of synchronisation with our MIS means there is very little support needed.
From the outset we have worked closely as a team combining both pastoral and technical elements of the school. Having a pilot project with key pastoral staff also helped make sure any changes of use where clearly understood before scaling to the whole school.
Checkpoint kiosk has allowed us to give each house a really effective way to manage the signing in and out of the house members. The system looks very professional and sets the right tone to all stakeholders, in particular parents when they visit the houses.
Plan well! Bring together both pastoral and technical teams and focus on a series of short term steps to get you to a longer term objective.
Reviewing the other options led us clearly to Boardingware, it has proved to be the correct decision.