E-Communications

SchoolComms

To keep your children safe and ensure their well-being, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our links with you and keep everyone up-to-date and well informed. We currently use Schoolcomms, an electronic school communication system that enables you to receive information from school quickly and reliably.

Using Schoolcomms, we can send letters by e-mail to the inbox we have on record for you and short messages directly to your mobile phone as a text message.

SchoolComms allows parents to:

  • Receive letters more reliably and promptly
  • See letters in your inbox like any other email
  • Get a short text if we need to contact you urgently
  • Still get paper letters if you don’t have e-mail
  • Not have the need to rely on your child for delivery
  • Be able to reply by e-mail, text message

Communicating electronically means we can:

  • Send more letters and information
  • Save money on admin time, printing and paper
  • Contact you urgently when necessary for example unavoidable school closures due to adverse weather.

The school will use the email address and mobile number that we hold for the Priority one contact(s) in our database. If you are not certain that we have your correct details, please contact us and speak to a member of our Student Services Team.

If you change your contact details please let the school know as soon as possible.

Schoolcomms is registered under the data protection act. All information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation. Your details will only be used for the purpose of school business. You will not receive any SPAM or marketing material.

ParentPay

ParentPay is an online payment system and is our preferred payment option for school meals, trips, music tuition and other events. It is easy to use and gives you the freedom to make payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It also means that students don’t have to take responsibility for carrying money into school.

Money successfully credited onto ParentPay for school meals is usually synced with the cashless catering system within a few minutes. The minimum amount of money that can be credited to the account is £10 and the maximum amount is £150.

More information can be found here: ParentPay or please contact the Finance Team.

Parents of new students will be automatically sent a user name and password for ParentPay via post, usually on the child's first day at the Academy.

If you have forgotten your user name or password please contact the Student Service team on 0161 301 7600.

What are the benefits to parents and pupils?

  • ParentPay is easy-to-use and will offer you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24/7
  • the technology used is of the highest internet security available ensuring that your money will reach the Academy safely – offering you peace of mind
  • payments can be made by credit/debit card
  • full payment histories and statements are available to you securely online at anytime
  • your children won’t have to worry about losing money at school
  • Parents can choose to be alerted when their balances are low via email and/or SMS text

What are the benefits to our school?

The more parents that use ParentPay, the greater the benefit is to Droylsden Academy. You can help us reduce workloads for all staff, creating more time to lend to educational support and the smooth running of the Academy. Using ParentPay also ensures that all financial transactions are safe and secure - helping us to remove costs associated with us having to manage cash securely on the premises.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Services or e-mail parentpay@droylsdenacademy.com
If you want to find out more about ParentPay go to: www.parentpay.com/parents

Parent/Teacher Online 

For Parents' Evening bookings, we use an internet-based system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO), which we hope will make the process of booking appointments easier for you. Using this system, you can select appointments at times that suit you best, from any internet-connected computer.

Click the quick link to Parent Teacher Online at the top the page in the 'Parent' drop-down menu.

If you have any problems with PTO, please e-mail admin@droylsdenacademy.com or telephone the Academy and ask to speak to Mr Fenton.

Homework

Droylsden Academy uses ShowMyHomework, an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework. ShowMyHomework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, as well as its submission status and grades.
 
With this app you can access 24/7 any homework that has been set by a class teacher. This can be translated into over 50 languages and you can even receive automated notifications before homework is due. The app is available to be downloaded on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
 
You should have received a letter in the post with your login detail for both Parent view and Student View.

How to Log in

Go to: https://droylsden.showmyhomework.co.uk and click "Login" on the right hand side.

Student View: Students need to click the red 'Google' button, this will then load a window where they can sign in using their Google Academy e-mail address and password. 

Parent/Carers View: On first login enter the pin you would have recieved in the post. If you need these details again please email elearning@droylsdenacademy.com and someone will get back to you with your pin as soon as possible. You will need to enter your e-mail address/confirm the email address we hold is correct, you will also need to set a password.

You can also visit ShowMyHomework's YouTube channel where they have a selction of help videos available. If you would like to get in touch with the Academy about ShowMyHomework please do not hesitate to e-mail: admin@droylsdenacademy.com

Droylsden Academy
Manor Road, Droylsden,
Manchester M43 6QD
T: 0161 301 7600
F: 0161 301 7601
E: info@droylsdenacademy.com