Administrative software solutions for the UK education sector

ParentPay Group

Connecting schools to families and improving pupil experience through education software, meal management solutions, and parental engagement.

Tech-enablement
UK
2021
Current
>80%

of UK school pupils

~23,000

Schools

~150

Ecosystem partners

The combination of ESS, the leading provider of administrative software solutions for the UK education sector, used daily by ~19k schools to manage their operations and support students, teachers and parents, and ParentPay, the UK market leader in online school payments.

A Montagu business

  • ESS’ flagship software product ‘SIMS’ is the UK’s leading management information system which forms the backbone of school’s IT ecosystems
  • ParentPay provides essential payment services to 3 million parents and over 11,000 schools across 200 local authorities
  • Attractive business model with highly recurring revenues from a large installed base
  • Growing and resilient end-markets underpinned by an ongoing digital transformation, increasing administrative complexity and more sophisticated customer needs

A focus on improving educational outcomes

We are working in close partnership with the management team to:

  • Support the separation from Capita
  • Increase investment in product innovation and customer service
  • Integrate ESS and ParentPay to use their combined expertise and network to support and accelerate innovation across both businesses