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Castle Rise Primary School

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This app provides an insight into how an app customised for your school might look.  Should it be something that you are interested in, you can subscribe to the service to receive a customised app, access to a web-based management system, and telephone support to help you to use it.

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Every school puts considerable effort into its administration and communication with parents.  Every school has also experienced times when this has failed to work.  Children losing letters, time delays in communicating sudden changes, and any number of other problems can all result in embarrassing mix-ups.  Things have improved with school websites, but their presence is hidden within the browser and they’re a good number of screen taps away from being ready to view.  An app fits in with how people expect to use their devices.

If your school subscribes to this app package, you will receive a professional looking app and access to a content management system for filling it with the information that is relevant to your school.  This includes administration matters, such as letters home and learning support information, such as subjects covered this week.  The other key advantage that this app has is notifications.  Assuming parents enable them, they don’t need to actively seek information.  They can be informed when it is there.  Neither will they be overwhelmed by school news.  They can select categories relevant to themselves.

So, if you’re considering this app for your school what are you comparing it with?  You could choose an entirely custom app.  With this, you’d gain a unique look and feel but pay much more, wait much longer, and have to go through a period of bug hunting.   

To overcome the cost and the wait, the developers of this solution start with a tried and tested foundation of an app and add some level of customisation to meet your school’s needs.  Once this is done, you have access to a web-based management system and you can point parents and children to the app on either the Android or Apple platforms.

Included with the sign-up fee is some support and training from the developers but it is all straightforward.  Anybody who has experience of existing content management systems, such as administering a school’s website, will feel at home with this one.

This leaves the look and feel of the app.  Yes, similarities will exist with other school’s versions of the app but how many parents will use apps from multiple schools anyway?   Your custom colour scheme and logos will make it very much a part of your school’s support structure.  It is also the content that makes an app belong to a school. 

A particularly nice feature is the ability to be able to conduct polls among parents.  This can help to encourage a dialogue between the school and its parents and show that it is responsive to its community’s needs.  The app is a powerful tool for data collection.  The management system holds the results of polls, shows the number of downloads and the degree of user interaction with the app.  All of this will certainly be of use in support of the school’s inspections.

The use of the actual app is easy.  Anybody who has used a tablet or smartphone will be at home with its use and navigation.  The key challenge will be getting parents to download the app and make use of it.  The developer promises support in this regard too.

This app does all that it promises and does it well.  It is an investment on the part of the school, but when compared to other ways of achieving similar results it seems particularly good value.  Each school should, of course, think of their specific needs, when appraising such a solution, but it is difficult to think of any that could not be met by this app

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From the Developer

Welcome to the Castle Rise Primary School app. Receive timely messages and news direct on your phone along with key information about the daily routine, forthcoming events, term dates, after school clubs, uniform, PTA and more. Contact the right person at the school with one tap by email or phone.

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