Engage – advanced school management system dedicated to South Africa

Powerfully connecting students, teachers, parents and the bursary with tools to communicate, share and measure success

Integrated school software

All elements of Engage are seamlessly and smoothly integrated making it a delight to use. With the Engage API almost any other software can be integrated as well.

Single database

Engage is Student, Curriculum, Teacher and Parent centric, and will become your school's Single Source of Truth, replacing many other disparate softwares. Engage becomes the Technological Heart of the school.

Internationally renowned software

Internationally renowned software used in top Private Schools in 36 countries, now includes SA Specific development with advanced Marksheets, LURITS can be submitted via SA-SAMS at the push of a button, and Timetable has a TimeShift.

Unrivaled Implementation and Training

Our Implementation professionals ensure a smooth transition to Engage and beyond whilst our Trainers ensure your staff are fully conversant with Engage.

Monitoring and reports

Student Performance Tracking Performance Tracking against cohorts; Analytics, and Assessment and Management reports ensure Engage is the power behind the school's continuing performance.

Office 365, Email and Google

Integration with 365, Word, Excel, Outlook and Google ensures complete flexibility. Communications between all Engage contacts are encrypted and tracked for security

Support Centre

Unlimited and free support is available 24/7/365 from our Support Centre. Telephone (local number), live chat, or support ticket is available from our Johannesburg office as well as the UK Support Centre, to all Engage users.

Development and Share Ideas

Development is driven by our schools through Share Ideas. Our large development team releases regular updates free of charge, ensuring your school has the latest version of Engage, reflecting worldwide best practice.

Analytics and Group Analytics

See your school's key statistics at a glance with Analytics such as your future Student pipeline. If your school is part of a school group, Group Analytics enables comparative analysis.

Engage – globally experienced, locally focused

From its UK HQ and offices in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Singapore and Dubai, Engage supports over 560 fee-paying schools worldwide

What schools say

Alister Dry

Alistair Dry

Executive Headmaster – Bishop Bavin School, Johannesburg

“When I saw Engage, I was immediately struck by how vastly superior it is to anything else being offered in the South African market, particularly products that pertain to independent schools." Read the Bishop Bavin case study here

Sue Redinghuys

Principal, St Cyprian's School, Cape Town

"I have been absolutely delighted with the functionality of Engage, as well as the inherent message that our use of it gives to all our stakeholders, teachers, students, parents and beyond." Read the St Cyprian's School case study here

Lora Foot

Director of Education Technology, Kingsmead College, Johannesburg

"The Engage development team listens to our comments and incorporates improvements specifically for South African schools." Read the Kingsmead College School case study here

Meet our South Africa team

Supported by our worldwide operation, the South African Team continues to grow as more and more schools take Engage
Piers du Pre

Piers du Pré

Founder and Director

As the Founder of Engage in 1987, Piers has concentrated on Southern Africa since 2014. "It's been an exciting time with more than 30 schools taking Engage in just 3 years." Piers began his professional career as a pilot with BOAC and British Airways. Piers is married to Lin; they have 4 sons, 4 daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren. Apart from his family and Engage, boating is his passion.

Jenny Dry

Jenny Dry

Regional Manager Southern Africa

Jenny was a School Bursar for a number of years before joining Engage. Jenny now brings her knowledge and skills to being in charge of implementation and training. As Regional Manager, Jenny also manages the growing staff at the Johannesburg office.

Tyrone Easton

Tyrone Easton

Schools Liaison Officer

Tyrone has a BA in Sports Communication from the University of Johannesburg and has coached cricket and rugby at St John’s College and taught Geography, Life Orientation and Physical Education at St Stithian’s Boys College. With two daughters, his hobbies include rugby, cricket and cycling.

Lu-Ann Bure

Lu-Ann Bure

Southern Africa Support Services Consultant

Lu-Ann previously worked with schools as a marketing consultant and fund raiser where the accuracy of schools' data was key. This knowledge plus her skills as a trainer, makes a perfect combination as an Engage Support Services Consultant.

Peter Heginbotham

Peter Heginbotham

Account Director

Peter recently joined Engage in South Africa as a Schools Account Director. Having worked with independent and fee-paying schools in the UK and Internationally for over 30 years, Peter has extensive knowledge of the market and believes strongly in a consultative sales approach.

Mike Taylor, Operations Director for Engage

Mike Taylor

Operations director

Born in Johannesburg and educated at Pridwin Prep School, Johannesburg, Mike has over 20 years' experience of delivering complex IT projects in public and private sectors. Mike has led worldwide Engage Implementations since 2011 and has a detailed understanding of the needs of schools and school groups. He is also a keen youth team rugby coach

Paul Rastall

Paul Rastall

Chief Technical Officer

Paul joined the team in 2000 as a programmer and rose quickly to manage the development team, the entire technical programme and Engage development plans. Paul engages frequently with schools and school groups to ensure that Engage delivers exactly what is expected.

Ian Haig Brown

Ian Haig-Brown

Software Development Manager

Having joined Double First in 2008 as a web developer tasked with creating the Engage Portal System, Ian became Web Development Team Leader a year later before taking responsibility as Development Manager in 2016. All developers report to Ian and every one of the millions of lines of code in the Engage systems are written by his team.

Charlotte Reay

Charlotte Reay

Product Manager

13 years with the company as a Software Tester and System Analyst gave Charlotte a deep understanding of Engage which led to her role of Product Manager. As such, Charlotte is responsible for the delivery of plans to see the product grow and embrace the future needs of our Engaged schools.

Carole Collins

Carole Collins

Support Services Manager

Carole's career began in accounts and IT Support before becoming a Bursar in a fee-paying school. Given Carole's wide and knowledgeable experience, she joined Double First. Now as Support Manager, Carole has responsibility for delivering world-wide Support, always aiming to be well within the published SLA.

Miriam Sparrow-Wallis

Miriam Sparrow-Wallis

Training Manager

Joining the team in September 2008 and working in the Support and Training teams, Miriam is now the Global Training Manager leading the team of Engage and Engage Accounts Trainers. Miriam’s background is post-compulsory education and training. Outside work Miriam enjoys running, horse-riding and time outdoors.

Barry Anns CEO Double First Engage

Barry Anns

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Double First Ltd and its subsidiaries, one of which is Engage, South Africa, Barry is responsible for all associated businesses in the UK and worldwide, bringing over 20 years experience to the Board. Barry is married to Charlotte and has two children. In his spare time, Barry enjoys running, golf and reading.

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Richard Jones

Group Sales Director

Richard joined du Pré plc, one of the du Pré group companies in 1993 as their first specialist IT salesman. IBM trained, and experienced in Wide Area Networking, Richard developed the Group’s IT Sales, ultimately taking responsibility in 2007 for Engage’s customer growth to the Middle East, SE Asia and Australia. Richard is a firm believer in long term, person to person business relationships.

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Kieran Millar

Group Finance Director

Kieran is the longest standing member of the Double First team, having joined in 1993. With 24 years in the industry, Kieran is an expert in management information systems for fee-paying schools. Kieran is a Chartered Accountant and has a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science and Operational Research. Although Kieran is the Group Finance Director, his role mainly involves heading up the UK and European sales teams.

Kim Hollamby

Kim Hollamby

Group Consultant

Kim has been with the team since 2008 and worked closely with Engage in South Africa since its inception. A specialist in personnel development, change management and marketing, he also has a keen interest working with youth and school performance art groups in the field of lighting design and technical theatre

News

Latest news and comment from the Engage South Africa team
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New SMS provider for SA

South African schools have had numerous issues with the original South African SMS provider.

To resolve this, the Board has agreed to allow all South African schools to use...

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SAHISA and SABISA 2018

Come and find out why Engage is proving to be so popular in South Africa.

Engage is on their large Stand 5, October 19 to 22 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg and will be showing the latest additions to its award....

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EduTECH 2018 – win a drone

Make a note to visit Engage on Stand 90 at EduTECH 2018, Sandton Convention Centre on 9th and 10th October where our popular and award winning Engage school management system will be on show.

Just by visiting the stand, you'll win the opportunity to...