An essential partner delivering Epsom's co-curricular programme
SOCS Modules used
Clubs & Societies each year
Music lessons scheduled in SOCS
Future calendar events
SOCS has worked with Epsom College since 2006, first providing a tool to manage the extensive sports programme the school offers. During this time, SOCS has evolved into a comprehensive school calendar system, and Epsom now uses SOCS to run activity sign-ups, communicate team and club schedules and take registers. To use a common example, SOCS allows Epsom to identify when a pupil has an activity clash; for example, they are signed up to drama activity but have been added to a last-minute rugby practice.
“At Epsom we have a huge array of activities and we run 18 50-minute periods across the week where these take place. The co-curricular module enables the pupils and staff to run this huge breadth of activity and to coordinate it all effectively and efficiently, monitoring attendance and participation levels with ease. SOCS co-curricular and sport manage our 200+ games and activities sessions across the week.”
Adopting the SOCS calendar has meant that as soon as events are added into the SOCS co-curricular or SOCS sport platforms by staff, they appear on the main school calendar, removing dual entry and providing parents with a single destination they can head to when they need to know what is going on with their children outside academic hours. The SOCS calendar can be customised to look like the rest of the school’s website, to ensure branding guidelines are followed throughout.
Much like using two monitors on your desktop, once you have the SOCS applications you wonder how on earth you managed without them.
Parents love the mobile apps that enable updates to their children’s sports teams, their activity programme and the College calendar in a simple format.
His kind words extend to cover the SOCS customer service, something that the family run company is extremely proud of.
He said: “The people at SOCS are exceptionally helpful, from the sales team explaining the benefits of various products, to being receptive to amending their programmes to suit the majority of schools, while their customer service is first-rate, quick to respond and to help out.