SchoolsBuddy joins the Faria Education Group to provide activities management & payment solutions to the world’s leading international schools
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 — LONDON, UK – Faria Education Group Limited, an international education systems & services provider, through its wholly-owned UK subsidiary, has acquired a majority interest in SchoolsBuddy, an activities management & payments solution serving over 240 of the world’s leading international schools.
The addition of SchoolsBuddy to the Faria product suite provides international schools with a unified family experience for students & parents encompassing activities management, booking, sign-up, payments & more – complementing our flagship services, ManageBac and Atlas, for teaching & learning, and OpenApply, for admissions.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to join forces with Faria in order to be able to expand SchoolsBuddy across ManageBac & OpenApply partner schools. We have worked tirelessly over the past 6 years to create and develop SchoolsBuddy and with the support of Faria, we can continue our growth and improve our solution for schools across the world,” said Gary Hector, Co-Founder & CEO of SchoolsBuddy.
“We are delighted to welcome Gary, David and the whole SchoolsBuddy team to Faria. Having worked closely with Gary & David as an integration partner since 2017, we have witnessed first-hand their dedication to service excellence,” said Kevin Piersialla, Chief Operating Officer of Faria Education Group.
In 2020, Faria plans to focus product development on further enhancing the existing ManageBac & SchoolsBuddy integration and expanding the service offering with additional modules and broader payments support.
Theodore King, CEO of Faria Education Group commented, “We look forward to working closely with Gary, David and the SchoolsBuddy team to deliver on our long-term promise of unifying systems – this brings us one step closer towards achieving that goal – with a comprehensive activities management & payments solution to complement ManageBac, Atlas, and OpenApply.”
About Faria Education Group
Faria Education Group was founded in 2006 to transition schools from paper onto a curriculum-focused learning platform. Today, Faria powers curriculum for over 10,000 schools and districts and 3 million students with a suite of five services: ManageBac, Faria’s flagship product for curriculum planning, assessment and reporting for IB World schools; OpenApply for paperless admissions from enquiry to enrolment; Atlas for curriculum management, enabling schools to collaboratively plan, share, and analyse their curriculum; Curriculum Trak that provides an integrated platform offering curriculum management for faith-based schools; and now SchoolsBuddy, an innovative web and mobile solution for extracurricular management and online payments.
Faria’s multi-disciplinary team of over 150 operates globally across eight offices.
Founded in 2013 by David Higginson and Gary Hector, SchoolsBuddy is the complete extracurricular management system available on both web and mobile. Designed for staff, students and parents, SchoolsBuddy features online signup, allocation, management, payments and attendance for after school activities. SchoolsBuddy also provides for organisation, communication, consent, safeguarding and fee payments for school trips, sports teams, after school care clubs, school events and much more.