Making whole-school communications work

Meadowhead School Academy Trust is a mixed secondary academy based in Sheffield. There are currently 1,670 students on roll and around 120 teaching staff. Its recent inspection rated Meadowhead as a ‘good school’ where ‘standards continue to rise’.

Meadowhead School has been using SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) since 2010. On becoming an academy in 2012, Meadowhead moved to a self-hosted version of SLG and also purchased SIMS InTouch. Gary Bragg, the academy’s ICT Strategy Manager, has been closely involved with the adoption of the products and using them in their drive to improve communications with parents.

“We previously had an alternative system at the point of becoming an academy and we decided to have everything under the same roof and purchase all SIMS products,” says Gary. “We had a system in place for parental communications, but it was only being used by one group of people – our pastoral team. We saw moving to InTouch as a way of spreading out that system across the academy and using it to improve communications.”