ESS is 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.


of UK school pupils




Ecosystem partners

A Montagu Business

  • The company’s flagship software product ‘SIMS’ forms the backbone of schools' IT ecosystems
  • Attractive business model with highly recurring revenue 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
  • Accelerate investments in product innovation and customer service
  • Combine ESS with ParentPay, the UK’s leading provider of online payments and catering software to schools, to use their combined expertise and network to support and accelerate innovation within the ESS product portfolio (subject to CMA approval)

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