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Educational technology firm acquires Glasgow-based SchoolCloud



Educational software provider Tes has acquired Glasgow-based SchoolCloud for an undisclosed sum.

The company behind the popular online parents’ evening software was started by Robbie Beattie and Marcus Fields, two Mearns Castle High School students who set about solving an issue of room double bookings at the age of 15.

The school gave them the grand sum of £100 for the solution they developed, Room Booking System.

Equipped with their first income and some guidance from entrepreneurial parents, they then launched their business from the playground in 2006.

Today, more than 6,000 schools use SchoolCloud to help them with their parents’ evenings, school events and room booking.

SchoolCloud now employs 15 staff based at its office in the The Albus building at Clyde Gateway in the East End of Glasgow.

During 2020, the business brought video capability to the application, allowing for remote parents’ evenings to take place during the pandemic.

The acquisition of SchoolCloud by Tes widens the solutions that the educational technology business offers to schools, including timetabling, pupil management, wellbeing survey tools, recruitment and compliance training.

Rod Williams, chief executive of Tes, said that during the pandemic, schools have understandably looked to adopt new technology with a greater sense of urgency.

“This is likely to leave a longstanding valuable legacy, given the clear benefits SchoolCloud has brought to schools – we’re very excited about this now becoming part of Tes’ offering to schools.

“Tes is very much looking forward to supporting that growth going forwards, and with that growing our presence in Glasgow, as SchoolCloud continues to thrive and expand both in the UK and internationally.”

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Tes is a global business built out of the Times Educational Supplement, which began almost 100 years ago.

Marcus Fields, co-founder of SchoolCloud, added: “From a classroom project to a solution that can help teachers and parents across the globe, this has certainly been an incredible 16 years.

“The team around us care deeply about supporting schools and it is fantastic to become part of such an established brand that shares those values.”

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