The King's School in Parramatta, Sydney, is not an institution but a complex community. It offers education to boys from Kindergarten to Year 12 - both day boys and boarders - by working in close partnership with parents. It is also very active in sports and other character-building activities, manages an Old Boys association, and works with a foundation responsible for the promotion and development of the school.
The large volume and variety of data required to maintain this community was previously stored on several stand-alone databases scattered across the school. Academic reporting was mostly a manual, paper-based activity, separate mark books were maintained by each section of the school and timetables were literally kept in a drawer.
The King's School went in search of a new database solution that would centralise and consolidate the community's data, and allow it to improve data integrity, streamline processes, manage secure access by teachers and support staff across the school, and upgrade the technology skills of the faculty.