Being an academy

Whether you’ve been an academy for a while, have recently converted, or are considering the move, you need the right management systems in place to effectively manage your new responsibilities. Working with over 2000 academies, we have a deep understanding of the demands and opportunities academies face and can support you every step of the way to greater freedom and success.

We can support with your conversion and beyond, providing expertise to meet your financial legal obligations, demonstrate school improvement and ensure you are making the most of being an academy.

Being an academy

Support to suit you

Support to suit you

Being an academy means you have greater freedom to choose the support you need. If you choose to work directly with us, we can provide a personal support service tailored to your needs. Our SIMS Support contracts offer a complete ICT support solution, delivering:

  • peace of mind - our curriculum ICT experts are a phone call away
  • reduced costs - no need to employ a technician to manage your curriculum network
  • improved efficiency - one help desk for all your academy’s ICT issues
  • return on your ICT investment - help to ensure your ICT contributes to your academy’s development.
Find out more about our three levels of personalised support for academies.

Making the most of SIMS

Used to its full potential, SIMS can help you effectively use your data to drive whole-academy improvement.

  • Improving pupil outcomes
    With access to attendance, behaviour and assessment data, teachers can make evidence-based decisions.
  • Delivering effective leadership
    Holding all information together, you are better informed of your challenges and can make decisions about the issues that matter.
  • Enhancing parental communications
    SIMS electronic communication tools allow you to share the right pupil information at the right time. With everyone better informed, greater results can be achieved.

Download the SIMS for Academies brochure

Making the most of SIMS
Effective financial management

Achieve effective financial management

Our ICAEW-accredited accounting package is the most popular finance solution for academies. Designed specifically for managing finance in education, SIMS Financial Management is the most comprehensive solution for meeting your financial legal obligations.

Our complete finance solution comprises of Financial Management System (FMS), Financial Reporting Suite (FRS) and FPS Web, provided by our partner HCSS. Working together as a whole solution, it provides you with an integrated double-entry accounting system, enhanced, flexible reporting and online multi-year budget planning. Everything you need to successfully manage your academy finances.

Download the Financial Management for Academies brochure

Boost your resources with additional manpower from SIMS

When you’re short on IT and administrative personnel, our SIMS technicians and administrators can integrate seamlessly into your environment. Our teams of specialists can provide you with the resources and expertise you need, from data entry and cleansing to network installations and installing new PCs.

Find out more about our IT equipment and software service

Additional manpower
Ongoing training and consultancy

Continually progress your SIMS knowledge

Our expert and comprehensive training can help your staff use SIMS more effectively.

There are over 120 courses available, including those designed specifically for academies. These can be delivered at one of our 20 locations in England, or we can bring the training to you.

See our list of training courses

A smooth move to academy status

If you are considering converting, you will need a new FMS database to deal with the new financial year. Our Academy FMS Conversion Service can help you achieve the best possible start.

Download the Academy financial service brochure

Product brochures

The full power of SIMS

SIMS Consultancy Services can help you release the full potential of SIMS quickly so you can start making an impact on your needs immediately. We also offer training courses tailored to your school or academy’s specific needs.

For more information on How SIMS helps, download our brochures: What every primary school leader needs to know about SIMS and What every secondary school leader needs to know about SIMS