Staff use cloud-based platform to maximise learning potential


SchoolBooking launched in 2008, when founders Mark Baker and Lee Colbran could see a void in the booking-system market for software designed specifically for use in schools. Both working within schools, they were frustrated with how rooms and resources were not being utilised, so they began developing an online solution. They built it for themselves, knowing there must be other schools that shared their pain. Today, SchoolBooking is seen as the market leader booking system software for use in schools, managing thousands of bookings every day at sites across the globe.

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Schools, academies and colleges throughout the UK are using a cloud-based bookings platform to realise the full potential of their resources. SchoolBooking, an international resource and lettings innovator operating from West Sussex, allows both teachers and students to find available resources and spaces. The platform integrates fully with MIS systems such as SIMS, Bromcom, ARBOR and CMIS, helping to avoid double-bookings and streamlining the learning day.

Staff also use the fully-customisable SchoolBooking to generate income by letting out unused facilities such as sports halls, immersive environments and outdoor areas. No software install is needed, with users accessing the browser-based resource on computers, tablets and smartphones.

“SchoolBooking provides our staff with a single, up-to-date location to check room availability and make reservations,” said a representative of Oxford Spires Academy. “Following direct imports from our SIMS school timetable, the booking system is already pre-populated with our scheduled classes. Staff have no problems navigating the newly designed interface in order to quickly reserve the rooms that they require. Our admin department are able to choreograph meetings with visitors effortlessly.

“In addition to the bookings functionality, much of our academy is available for community hire, and the lettings system enables our finance department to easily manage customer accounts and lettings. SchoolBooking have consistently demonstrated exceptional customer service, going well above and beyond anything that would be ordinarily expected.”

SchoolBooking integrates directly with Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD) and Lightweight Directory Access Protocols (LDAP), ensuring that staff needn’t worry about forgetting login details. SSO is also supported for those who prefer automatic login. As well as ease-of-use, the platform has been designed for speed; from creating a trial on, users can be up-and-running in under 15 minutes.

Director Mark Baker said: “We are really proud of how far SchoolBooking has come since starting out in 2008. Our system deals with millions of bookings in over 70 countries, and is supported from our offices in the UK. The team firmly believe that our popularity and customer retention is due to us listening and acting upon customer feedback, which results in new features being available to all of our customers. We strive to be the #1 bookings and lettings system used within education worldwide. Our goal – to make it easy to manage rooms, resources and lettings – hasn’t changed since day one.”

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