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Dec 03, 2009

Essa Academy staff trial DRS electronic registration solution

Essa Academy in Bolton is using its staff to trial a biometric e-Registration solution that delivers clean, instant, accurate and consistent data to monitor student whereabouts. The Academy is initially using DRS IntelliReg® to monitor when staff clock in and out but their ultimate aim is to roll out the solution to students for lesson level registration.

DRS IntelliReg® is an electronic registration solution, which electronically records the presence, absence and lateness of students – or staff – and is able to fully integrate into the cashless school environment. With IntelliReg®, students use their card, fingertip or a PIN to register. All readers are in constant communication with the controlling PC, delivering real-time information, necessary for managing registration and attendance accurately and efficiently. Each registration can determine the whereabouts of students at any given time. IntelliReg® also has the capability to interface seamlessly with the school’s management information system (MIS), providing real-time update of data for accurate attendance monitoring whilst saving valuable teaching time.

Essa Academy officially opened its doors as the first of the new type specialist, state-funded independent academy in January this year, replacing the former Hayward School. It is sponsored by Cohens Chemist and Bolton Council and is already in the process of selecting contractors to construct its brand new state-of-the-art building, due to be completed in September 2011.

Essa Academy will be used as a flagship school to showcase new technologies for Blackburn and Bolton BSF (Wave 6) and will have a strong influence on the potential technologies and solutions that will be rolled out across the BSF programme.

Comments Essa Academy headteacher, Showk Badat: “High quality resources and buildings are very important when it comes to raising standards.”

Additional Information


DRS has the skills and expertise to manage data capture projects of any size or complexity around the world. Specialising in examination and assessment services, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects. Its e-Registration solutions are designed to specifically meet the new and unique demands of real-time update of data and can be combined with access control, cashless environments and SMS to parents to help combat truancy. Complete solutions are implemented using the Company’s extensive expertise in innovative technologies, award winning scanning and image capture scanners, software, document design, printing, logistics, project management and consultancy. Visit www.drs.co.uk for more details.

Essa Academy

The Academy is an inclusive institution providing an innovative technologically advanced, exciting, creative and engaging approach to learning and teaching. It is committed to excellence and continuous improvement in all that it does. Its’ aim is to have each of its students remain in education and training post 16 with a majority progressing to higher education. Visit www.essaacademy.org for more details.