Redcliffe Primary School (WA)

"Compass was a leap of faith, we didn't know much about it... but we're very happy with it."

A diverse Perth primary school who took a 'leap of faith' to partner with Compass.

The challenge:

Located just ten minutes from Perth’s CBD, Redcliffe Primary School supports over 270 students from a diverse range of backgrounds, and recently achieved Independent Public School (IPS) status, a testament to the school’s practices, processes and long-term planning. This dynamic school spent years juggling numerous apps and platforms for their school management needs and were looking for a centralised system that would connect all of their requirements and enable easier communication between parents and teachers. Fed up with antiquated systems and multiple logins, they decided to take a look at Compass.

Choosing Compass:

Lyn Clark, Redcliffe Primary’s Manager - Corporate Services, describes choosing Compass as a ‘leap of faith’, but one the school community is very glad they made. While the initial appeal of Compass was its integrated design - data and processes from all areas of the school feeding into one connected platform - staff were particularly impressed with Compass’ wellbeing module, Chronicle, identifying it as a feature the school would get a high degree of usage from. With Compass ticking all the boxes, it was time to take the leap.

Results:

Considering how central Compass has become to the school’s processes in a short amount of time, Mrs. Clark regards the platform as ‘good value for money’, and of equal importance, a significant time saver for school staff. One example that stands out immediately for Mrs. Clark is Canteen. With parent’s keenly adopting Compass’ Canteen management module and paying for school lunches from their mobile phone through the Compass app, the school no longer requires staff to physically handle lunch orders and cash payments. Canteen also allowed the school to achieve around 90% uptake among parents, only six months after implementing Compass.

Chronicle has also lived up to the school’s expectations. Clever usage of the module means that staff not only save time on a range of processes, from celebrating achievements to recording injuries that occur at the school but have expanded the number of tasks they are able to achieve. For example, it is now possible to automate notifying parents of a certificate of recognition celebrating a student’s performance, something that time constraints made difficult for the school to do before. This benefits everyone: teachers and school staff no longer need to call up parents to let them know about achievements, students feel rewarded for their hard work in the classroom, and parents have greater transparency into how students are performing.

These impressive results mean that Mrs Clark is clear she would - and indeed, does - recommend Compass to other schools. Taking that leap might be daunting, but Redcliffe Primary’s experience shows that it can very quickly pay off.

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