Glasgow-based SchoolCloud snapped up by global edtech giant

Glasgow-based SchoolCloud, the company behind what it says is the most popular online parents’ evening software in the UK, has been acquired.

SchoolCloud co-founder Robbie Beattie said the deal makes the firm a 'trusted partner for tens of thousands of schools worldwide'. Picture: contributed.

The buyer is education-focused software firm Tes, and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SchoolCloud was started by Robbie Beattie and Marcus Fields, who aged 15 set about solving a school-wide issue of room double bookings. Their school – Mearns Castle High School – gave them £100 to help develop Room Booking System.

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They then launched their business from the playground in 2006 – and now, more than 6,000 schools use SchoolCloud to help them with their parents' evenings, school events and room booking.

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Additionally, the firm has picked up awards and has 15 staff based at its office in The Albus building at Clyde Gateway in the East End of Glasgow. The business’ software helps schools with room bookings, clubs, events and, “most significantly,” parents’ evenings – now offering video for the latter and saying this greatly helps both teachers and parents.

Mr Beattie said: “We’ve seen huge success as more schools adopt new technology. However, by being part of Tes, we are now part of a trusted partner for tens of thousands of schools worldwide. We know both schools and parents love how SchoolCloud can evolve parents’ evenings and we’re excited at the prospect of now being able to bring this technology to so many more.”

Mr Fields added regarding the acquisition that it is “fantastic to become part of such an established brand that shares those values”.

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