Factsheet

IT Company:
Jigsaw School Apps

Based in:
Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Founding date:
January, 2013

Website:
jigsawschoolapps.com

Presskit:
jigsawschoolapps.com/presskit

Business/Sales Contact:
darren@jigsawschoolapps.com

Development/Technical Contact:
nathan@jigsawschoolapps.com

Press Contact:
berni@jigsawschoolapps.com

Social:
twitter.com/JigsawSchoolApp
facebook.com/JigsawSchoolApps

Blog:
blog.jigsawschoolapps.com

Address:
20 Oak Mount Road
Werrington
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST9 0BZ
United Kingdom

Phone:
0800 999 7500
+44 1782 305504

Stranraer Academy - Secondary School Case Study

Introduction

Stranraer Academy serves a wide catchment area within The South West corner of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway. Stranraer Academy is a co-educational, fully inclusive school catering for the needs of all young people in the community. It has around 1050 pupils and around 80 full-time and part-time teaching staff. The catchment area for Stranraer Academy is vast and takes in pupils from 12 feeder primary schools within the Rhinns of Galloway – an area spanning almost 30 miles in length and 20 miles in width.

The Problem

Feedback from staff, pupils and parent identified the need for improved communication within the school and wider community due to the wide, rural catchment area that Stranraer Academy covers. It was proposed that communication could be vastly improved through the use of a dedicated school App and implementation of social media. The school appointed me as Principal Teacher of Communication for the school and I immediately set out to identify a School App that would address the needs of our school.

What We Did

I spoke to a parent whose children attend a local feeder primary school. He informed me that their school had implemented a dedicated App produced specially for them by Jigsaw. His recommendation was backed up with high praise from other parents using the App. I researched further and compared the Jigsaw App to competing products. There was no contest, as the Jigsaw App offered much more and suited our list of needs. I spoke to Darren and took out a 3 year subscription to the App with a list of aesthetic choices for how we would like our App to look. Darren was very quick and efficient when dealing with us and had the App supplied to us within a week of ordering.

Benefits and Results

The News function is an important and well used tool within the App as it offers an excellent method of keeping staff, pupils, parents and the wider community informed of the good things that are happening in our school. From important alerts, charity events, football results to pupil achievements – everyone can find out at the touch of a button. The Calendar and survey functions are very helpful as they allow parents to check up instantly about school holidays, INSET days and other events. Surveys offer a very quick way to gauge interest or opinion on various matters. The most powerful tool I have found within the App is the Files section. Stranraer Academy use it extensively to provide a wealth of information to parents such as school policies, holiday dates, newsletters, exam timetables, after school classes and sports clubs to name a few.

Takeaways

Our App has become an important feature of school communication. Parents, pupils and staff have given positive feedback on how accessible and user friendly it is and how they are now better informed of what is happening in the school. Education Quality Assurance officers have also commented on the positive change and how Stranraer Academy has set a leading example by being the first secondary school in the region to implement a dedicated App. Feedback has been so positive, that there are plans for the App to be rolled out across the rest of the region as other schools look to become involved and employ such a successful method of communication.

Many thanks to Darren and the Jigsaw team for providing excellent customer service through an innovative, class leading product.


 

For more information:
Freephone: 0800 999 7500
Email: info@jigsawschoolapps.com
Download the press kit at: www.jigsawschoolapps.com/presskit