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Dec 14, 2009

DRS IntelliReg(r) dramatically streamlines Whitburn Church Of England School registration process

The newly built Whitburn Church Of England School in Sunderland has dramatically streamlined its registration and attendance process since implementing DRS’ IntelliReg®.

Education technology provider DRS installed its biometric e-Registration solution in 56 classrooms and changing rooms around the school to help deliver lesson level registration. As a result, Whitburn School now has clean, instant, accurate and consistent data that monitors student whereabouts whilst providing the opportunity of real time information for parents.

Whitburn School reports that the lesson level registration data also has the potential to aid academic mentoring by highlighting any students that may regularly arrive late to a particular subject, suggesting there may be a potential issue that needs investigation. Thanks to the monitoring provided by the DRS IntelliReg®, such students can now be identified more easily.

DRS IntelliReg® has also saved Whitburn School valuable teaching time at the start of every lesson – a key benefit in light of Teacher Workforce Reform calling for teaching staff to reduce the time spent on administrative tasks. It also means more constructive time can be spent on teaching and learning.

DRS IntelliReg® is just one part of the best in class Integrated Education Solution that Whitburn School has implemented. DRS, together with its ‘best of class’ partners, Biostore and CRB Solutions, has also provided a cashless system to manage the School’s catering. The library also makes use of the Biostore database with Microsoft Eclipse software. The new system has provided greater security for students and more flexibility for parents.

Joyce Gibson, deputy headteacher at Whitburn School comments: “The DRS IntelliReg® system is state of the art, efficient and matches our 21st century school. We are seeing real benefits for our already outstanding school in having access to even more management data through the use of the system, as well as streamlining the whole registration process.

'DRS, CRB and the Biostore database are proving invaluable in our brand new state of the art building. The pupils can efficiently use the library, have their lunch and register for every lesson using the central biometric database with huge reduction in staff time and possibility of human error.”

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 processing, electronic marking and student attendance and registration solutions, DRS has four decades experience in managing complex educational data capture projects. Our 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. 

DRS IntelliReg® 

DRS IntelliReg® is an electronic registration and access control solution, which electronically records the presence, absence or lateness of students and is able to fully integrate into the cashless school environment. With IntelliReg® registration software, 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 contains the date, time and reader ID to determine the whereabouts of students at any given time. The DRS solution 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.


Biostore Limited is the leading provider of biometric technology for schools in the UK. It provides a central database which attaches a biometric identifier to a student record, so that a student seeking to use any service within a school can be identified. Students wishing to register for a class, borrow books from the library, or have a meal in the school canteen, will have their identity confirmed by Biostore. Visit www.biostore.co.uk for more information.

CRB Solutions 

CRBS designs, builds and maintains industry leading, reliable and functional cashless payment systems under the brand name IMPACT, providing a full service from consultancy, installation, training and launch through to an exceptional after-sales support service. Founded in 1963, it has accumulated much experience in secure, online cashless catering since its first installation in 1993. To date more than 1500 schools throughout the UK are using an IMPACT cashless system. Visit www.crbsolutions.co.uk for more details.

For more information please contact: 
Katie McBreen or Richard McCann, Friday’s Media Group, 18 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QL 
Telephone: 0845 500 1140, Katiem@fridays-group.co.uk or Richardm@fridays-group.co.uk