Old ScholarsEngage Past Students and Old Scholars is the area in Engage where the data, details and contacts of every previous student is kept, including any associated documents and images stored in the individual’s Document Management System.

Why keep historic student data?

Four key reasons drive schools to keep historic student data:

  • To be able to provide copies of past certificates and reports when an Old Scholar is applying for further education or employment
  • Having data for comparison research
  • Old scholars associations
  • Fund raising

An additional reason could be that it’s good policy to associate the school with an Old Scholar should they attain fame.

Fund raising research

Schools operate their Old Scholars, Associations and Fund raising is many different ways, and have varying results therefrom. Hence, in 2016, Engage undertook a research programme with its leading schools worldwide to establish the most effective methodologies available in today’s environment.

The results were eye-opening, challenging, far-reaching and of use to all schools, whatever its longevity. Engage would be pleased to share this knowledge with their South African schools serious about Old Scholars and Fund Raising.

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About Engage

For over 30 years, our UK parent company, Double First Ltd, has been developing Engage, its award-winning school and financial management systems for fee-paying, independent, private and part-government funded schools, since developing its first products in 1987.

Our group has a staff of some 55 dedicated professionals which includes a large development department of analysts, developers and testers, with the balance split between the Implementation, Training and Support Centre departments.

Four regional offices operate in Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore and Australia.

Engage School Management Systems (Pty) Ltd is our wholly-owned South African regional office in Johannesburg. It is now one of the busiest regionally focused offices in our group, having implemented over 24 schools with Engage in just 2½ years.