Bishop Bavin School, Johannesburg

Alister Dry, Executive Headmaster of 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. All school data is centralised, thereby eliminating the duplication of information and ensuring that there is just one version of the truth used and accessed by all stakeholders. Not only will this improve the content and reliability of our communication, but we will also be able to do away with the separate systems for administration, timetabling, parent communication and billing that we currently use. I do believe Engage will make a significant difference to the way we operate, and will elevate us above our competitors in the way we run the school and communicate with our stakeholders.

Alistair Dry, Executive Headmaster, Bishop Bavin School, Johannesburg

St Cyprian's School, Cape Town

Sue Redinghuys, Principal of St Cyprians School

We took a very intentional decision several years ago to embrace a 21st Century approach to learning by fully integrating our use of technology to improve learning, rather than just using devices in a standalone way. Our decision to install Engage has made an enormous difference and enabled us to deliver that integrated approach while also improving access to information and enhancing our environmental custodianship by moving towards a more paperless society. We track the measurables in Engage but also capture things like commendations, to help us understand personal development as well as academic achievement over time, exactly in line with the school’s values and objectives. 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. It especially meets the needs of a younger generation of parents and students who have grown up in this era.

Sue Redelinghuys, Principal, St Cyprian's School, Cape Town

Kingsmead College, Johannesburg

Lora Foot, Director of Education Technology at Kingsmead College"With Engage I love the fact that everything works together. It’s not just a system to record marks – it spans everything from timetabling to parent communication and more. We only signed up in October [2015] and by the end of November I had finished the training and completed the timetable for this academic year. We have implemented the Parent Portal and distribute our reports that way. Before we used to email them but would then have to deal with requests for duplicates when parents could not find them. Now they are all in one place. We can do things in a much more organised way with Engage. There’s so much potential in it and it’s been great that the Engage development team listens to our comments and incorporates improvements specifically for South African schools – that’s a huge plus."

Lora Foot, Director of Education Technology, Kingsmead College, Johannesburg

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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.