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.


of UK school pupils




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

The focus of the value creation process is 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