Schools traditionally communicate with parents by sending letters home
with pupils but this often proves unreliable and can lead to tension
between schools, parents and pupils. Producing letters can also be
complex to organise and time consuming for schools to administer.
Parentmail overcomes these problems by communicating directly with
parents via e-mail, using one simple process.
The system is being provided free to
schools and parents being funded by sponsorship. It has already been
adopted by a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and will soon be
available throughout the country.
Parentmail uses Internet technology
and enables each school to build its own unique parent e-mail groups.
These can be set up for particular years or for particular activities
such as field trips or events. The school can then simply produce one
e-mail which is sent directly to the relevant group of parents.
Paul Hughes, director of Parentmail,
said: “Many schools are already using basic e-mail systems to
communicate with parents because they realise that this medium offers
them many benefits. Some schools are also asking parents to ‘opt in’
to traditional paper methods of communication to encourage electronic
“Parentmail provides schools with a
communication system that has been designed precisely to meet their
requirements. It is a simple, intuitive system and it is possible to
have a school up and running within a few hours. And because the
system is being provided free of charge to schools there is no
“We are working towards making
Parentmail the standard communication system for schools throughout