Don’t take our word for it – wouldn’t you like to know what the actual users of our apps think of them? Here are our most recent testimonials from some professionals.
First up we have Mr Tony Gorton – the head of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Hertfordshire – a school which is OUTSTANDING in all categories:
“Having used the App for over three months now, I can honestly say that it is certainly the most effective communication tool that we use in school, an opinion which is supported by all members of our school community, including parents, children, governors and friends of the school. Whilst we have a vibrant website which is updated several times a day, many parents have commented that they prefer to access the App when ‘out and about’ since it is designed specifically for this purpose and they can receive instant updates throughout the course of the day. Also, the ability to save dates to personal calendars on their mobile devices (with the added functionality of setting reminders) is another positive feature. As well as this, users like the fact that they can ‘filter’ which posts they receive based on the categories set up by the school.
In addition to all of the above, the fact that it is extremely simple to download the App in the first place (an opinion supported by 95% of our parents from a survey that we posted on the App) is simply the icing on the cake!
We are incredibly ‘Appy’ with our App!! Thank you, Darren and all at Jigsaw!!”
Tony Gorton, Head Teacher
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Hertfordshire
“Since having our own school app, parents have commented upon how much communication has improved and how impressed they are with the opportunity to access dates, information and updates regularly. It was set up quickly and professionally, it is very easy to update information, photos and even survey parents. It is excellent value for money and now our key way of sharing information with parents.“
Sam Phillips, Headteacher
Hopping Hill Primary School, Northamptonshire
“The uptake and feedback for the app has been very impressive – helping us reach some parents who have been previously difficult to engage with. The support provided for the app has been outstanding – a parent noticed a scrolling issue on her windows phone and mentioned it to me in the morning, and by the afternoon an update had been rolled out across the different platforms. I was able to get in touch with the parent that afternoon, who told me the app had already updated and was working perfectly! The survey function has proved invaluable as a way to supplement our understanding of parents, as we have used it to mimic the questions asked on the Ofsted ParentView website. Obviously, this doesn’t replace the information on there, but it allows us to engage with parents who may, for whatever reason, be unable or unwilling to take the ParentView survey. Around 60% of our app users respond to each survey question, significantly more than the 30% or so who respond to paper questionnaires. Jigsaw are also eager to listen feedback about how we can tailor the app to meet our needs further and we’re looking forward to seeing how we can further integrate the app into our communication in the future.”
Alex Reppold, Deputy Head Teacher
Malton Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
Get in touch with us now if you’d like to start the 2014-15 academic year off right by improving parental engagement at your school: 0800 999 7500