Castle View School Academy Trust is a co-educational secondary school located in the centre of Canvey Island, Essex. The school has over 900 students aged from 11–16 and over 200 staff. The school converted to academy status in October 2014.
The school purchased the SIMS Teacher app in July 2015 to make it easier for staff to record the register. When Barry Dudley-Howes joined the school as SIMS Manager a few months later, he felt it wasn’t being used to its full potential and was determined to implement it more widely.
Barry made it a priority to outline the benefits to staff, which has resulted in an increase in usage across the school, with learning support staff and teachers in English, PE and drama using the app every day. It’s also helped the school rollout a successful BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, with teachers happy to bring in their own iPads to use the SIMS Teacher app and the school always able to securely control access to the system for each teacher.
“All staff who use the SIMS Teacher app have commented on how much quicker and easier it is to take the register,” says Barry.