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Supporting your Free School

Whether you’ve set up your free school or are in the early stages, you need the right management systems in place to ensure your pupils can achieve their full potential. With fast, easy access to the information you need, SIMS helps you make informed, evidence-based decisions so that you can continue to raise overall standards across all areas of your school.

With over 30 years’ experience in the education sector, and now working with over 200 free schools, we have a unique understanding of the demands and opportunities you face and can support you every step of the way to success.

For more information see What every primary free school leader needs to know about SIMS and What every secondary free school leader needs to know about SIMS

Find out what other schools have said about SIMS and why it’s the whole-school solution for free schools

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Use data to target improvements

With all the data you need at your fingertips, SIMS helps you track assessment, behaviour and attendance effectively and identify areas for improvement. By using SIMS Discover for data analysis, for example, you can monitor and analyse pupil achievement, helping you target interventions, make informed decisions based on evidence, and help your pupils achieve better results.

Find out more about SIMS Discover for primary or secondary schools

Reduce administration, including the submission of statutory returns

SIMS helps to speed up many administrative tasks, such as registration, assessment, timetabling, and reporting. SIMS also supports your statutory obligations with automatic submission of statutory returns. By removing unnecessary processes, you can avoid duplication of work, reduce the risk of errors and free up your staff to do their jobs well.

Connect and share with parents

Keeping parents informed about school life is critical for inspiring learning. Provide parents with instant online access to their child’s information via SIMS Learning Gateway, helping them to provide the right learning support at home.

With SIMS InTouch SMS and email messaging, keep parents instantly informed, such as achievement points earned, unauthorised absences and unexpected school closures.

Find out more about SIMS InTouch for primary or secondary schools

Find out more about SIMS Learning Gateway for primary or secondary schools

Keep track of pupil numbers

SIMS allows you to stay on top of pupil intake and forecasting numbers. Holding data centrally in SIMS, you can clearly see the number of pupil applications you’ve received, project future pupil numbers and communicate quickly with prospective parents.

Be prepared when the inspectors call

When you have access to information on all areas of school performance at the touch of a button, an inspection by Ofsted becomes an opportunity to demonstrate your school’s progress and success. SIMS gives you access to a real time assessment of how your school is performing on every level and where further development is needed, so you can continually progress.

To provide you with a solid structure for your school improvement goals, our school improvement programme enables you to harness your data to drive improved teaching and learning. Call 01285 647459 to find out how SIMS can help with your school improvement journey.

Find out how SIMS can help you prepare for your next inspection

Download our Preparing for Ofsted Free Schools training flyer

On-going community support

SIMS helpdesk support, user groups, forums and online updates allow you to share ideas and best practice with other free schools facing similar challenges.


SIMS consultancy and training services

Whether you’re looking for an introduction to SIMS, staff training or expertise to help you drive performance throughout your school, we offer the highest quality consultancy and training.

Our experienced SIMS consultants include former teachers, school administrators, business managers and technical staff and they have an unrivalled knowledge of SIMS - not only does this cover every possible permutation of the SIMS suite but their information is the most up-to-date. 

Call 01285 647459 to speak to a free schools specialist or email us.

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