Bushey Academy

Start Date: November 2016

- Clive Hibbert, Venue Manager

The Bushey Academy in Hertfordshire is a vibrant school that aims to improve the life chances of our students as well as giving them a sense of belonging. This can only be made possible through supporting our staff and recognising that their professional and personal development is an integral part of the evolution of the whole academy. The new BookingsPlus system helps to enable this development by providing staff with an effective tool to generate investment into the Bushey Academy and further facilitate wider engagement with the community.

BookingsPlus has been a great way for the school to integrate within the local community. Anyone can hire out a space in our Bushey Arena - a state-of-the-art £30 million multi-purpose venue. Bushey Academy has hired out its facilities to a range of users, from sports clubs, church groups to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, exhibitions and concerts.

Since swapping to BookingPlus from a different lettings system in January 2017, we have seen our revenue increase upwards of 200%. The additional revenue made from hiring out our facilities to the local community can be reinvested

back into the Bushey Academy to improve teaching facilities for our students and provide them with the best possible opportunities to learn, develop and grow as people.

The advantage of BookingsPlus is that it is simple and efficient and allows us to streamline our bookings. Previously, we were having to use multiple platforms simultaneously to do the same job. With BookingsPlus, our account and web systems are all in one place and we can access them remotely with or without the use of the internet.

Thanks to its intuitive interface, dashboard management tool and vastly improved calendar features, our staff instantly know what is happening on a day-to-day basis and now have more time to spend on education-related tasks instead of wasting hours manually filling out invoices.

The implementation of the BookingsPlus system has been easy thanks to the Kajima Community team, who were on hand to assist with the initial set up and to provide our staff with onsite training and ongoing support to ensure our bookings management is as smooth as possible.