Issue details

Procurement of a School Information and Financial Management System

A School Information Management system (SIMS) provides the information necessary to manage a school effectively and provides an objective system for recording and aggregating information to support its operations. A school also has a Financial Management System (FMS) to manage its finances and budgeting.


The current versions of these systems have been in place for a considerable time and are consequently not as user-friendly or flexible as more modern systems, which also potentially offer improved functionality options that would support more efficient and effective working practices, which could benefit both schools and the County Council. 


The proposal is to replace the current system with a new solution hosted in The Cloud meaning that maintenance and upgrades are more straightforward. Schools opting in would pay for the systems through formal arrangements with the County Council.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2021

Decision due: December 2021 by Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Lead member: Councillor Nigel Jupp

Contact: James Richardson, Programme Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 22327.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken



Schools Forum – 17 June 2021
IT Providers

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


Background papers

  • None