Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of the ongoing effort to improve the information and communication the school provides, just before Christmas we changed our management information system (MIS). Our MIS underpins all aspects of the school’s data processing systems, from taking registers to communications with you at home. At St Mary’s the company that we are now using for this new system is called Bromcom.

MyChildAtSchool (MCAS)

I am pleased to announce that you will soon able to access the Parent Portal linked to Bromcom, called ‘My Child At School’ (MCAS).

MCAS is a portal enabling parents to view their child’s academic performance in real-time via a web browser or via an app. This facility allows exclusive access to your child’s Attendance and Behaviour whenever you wish. As well as student performance data, the portal also provides general useful information about school such as the Academic Calendar and Announcements.

Next Monday, 31st January, you will receive an email link so that you can set up for your account and begin to access the features of the portal. Please note that from, Friday 18th February we will cease to use the MyEd app.

To login to the MCAS Parent Portal you will be sent an Invitation Code via the email that the school has for you on our system. If you do not receive an Invitation Code please contact the school for one, as you will NOT be able to access the Parent Portal without one.

User guide

In order to help to guide you through the process, there is a parent user guide attached. It is also available on our website. The guide is designed to give you a sense of how the website works, as well as some basic information about how to use the messaging service on the app. If you download either the Apple or the Android app, it is important that you enable your notifications. Dinner money balances is not a feature we are able to use on the portal, but there is currently a glitch causing it to show on the app. We will continue to use ParentPay for this process.

The website and the app

I do recommend that you use a web browser to access the portal, especially when using it for the first time. Generally, the website version has the most user-friendly and detailed view, but I know that the app will naturally be a convenient way to view the information for many of you. Please do note, we cannot control the layout of the app and some things are beyond our control.

Communication

Communication alerts will now start to appear on the app, when needed. For instance, should the school need to close due to severe weather. In addition, you will be able to use the app to alert us that your child is absent. Once new academic school reports have been published, these will also appear on MCAS, but as explained before half term it is not currently possible to display the historic school reports stored in school.

Like all projects of this size, we have chosen to start with the basics and to approach this new venture in a careful and steady manner. We feel that attendance, behaviour and communication are the key priorities for you as parents and carers. However, once we are happy that the system is working well, we may start to add more features to it.

If you encounter issues when trying to log in, please email Lucy Roughley lroughley@stmaryschesterfield.org.uk with as much information as possible.

I hope that you find this new platform useful and informative. Thank you for taking the time to sign up and use this system and for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Cox

Assistant Headteacher