About us2018-10-25T09:45:56+00:00

IRIS Education is dedicated to helping schools achieve the very best outcomes for their pupils. With 50 years’ combined experience of working in, and understanding, education, we’re in a great position to assist. We share our expertise with educational institutions to streamline and optimise financial and parental engagement systems. We do this by working with schools to understand their particular challenges, and then installing tailor-made software packages, designed to make life easier for staff, parents and children, saving time, money and repeated work!

IRIS Education brings together established brands that are experts in the area. These collaborations will unlock even more research, innovation and product development to ensure IRIS Education leads the way as ‘best of breed’ in education software solutions, utilising modern technology, such as cloud-based systems to provide reliable, safe and secure computing that can be accessed all day, every day, from anywhere at all – perfect for busy teachers and senior staff who are on the move. Rest assured, we will continue to deliver the personalised, customer-first values of IRIS Education’s various divisional brands, and we will strive to always provide first-class service to new and existing clients.

IRIS Education is already trusted by over 11,000 (and counting) schools across the UK to help them run smoothly and effectively, so they can focus on what they do best – teaching and inspiring children.

Our brands

Explore our exciting range of software products within the IRIS Education family

Our vision

“To be the leading partner in school management, helping deliver the best outcome for every child by maximising value from facilities for staff, parents and the community”

Our history

March 2017
April 2017
June 2017
October 2017
March 2018

March 2017

IRIS Software Group acquired PS Financials, specialists in providing finance management software to the Education sector. This acquisition was part of the company’s larger strategic growth plan towards specialising in offering complete education software solutions. PS Financials offered IRIS an established standing and reputation in the sector, working with over 3,800 schools, over 3,400 Academies and over 600 Multi-Academy Trusts. Also well trusted in other areas, PS Financials has been chosen by organisations within the commercial, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors.

April 2017

This was followed quickly by the take up of SAAF Education, in April 2017. SAAF brought specialist school budgeting software to the IRIS group, later to be rebranded as PS Budgeting, further adding to the suite of school and education management tools being developed by IRIS Software.

June 2017

IRIS went on to acquire Results Squared in June 2017, aiming to add value to its PS Financials offering with Results Squared’s School Asset Manager (re-branded as PS Assets) and Secondary Contact (PS Connect) brands and exploit the rapidly growing market in the demand for education software.

October 2017

October 2017 then saw IRIS Software acquire ParentMail, another exciting development by the company. ParentMail are specialists in school communication and payment collection offering a huge step towards IRIS’ strategy to provide an end-to-end solution for managing finance, income, assets, and communications and a world-class education software portfolio. At the time, ParentMail was being used by over 4,500 schools, to support them in managing school-parent communications, online payments, form collections and parents’ evening management. This new venture saw the combined education division of IRIS encompass almost 10,000 schools, 51% of all Academies and 80% of large Multi Academy Trusts.

March 2018

The most recent acquisition was of Contact Group, provider of parental engagement and truancy management software. This has extended IRIS’ education portfolio providing solutions to manage all aspects of school operations, including finance, asset management and communications, and IRIS Education was formed to spearhead a mission to revolutionise, standardise and improve the way schools work.

Meet the team

Ian Gates
Ian GatesManaging Director
With over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry, Ian possesses an in-depth knowledge of IT, software and App development. He worked in a variety of roles, initially training as a programmer in local government, before later moving on to become Managing Director for multiple software houses and a FTSE 50 company.
James Millard
James MillardFinance Director
James has been involved in managing complex business processes and international corporate relationships for the past 15 years. His expertise is built upon a solid understanding of financial control and business support from working in organisations including Unipart Group, Balfour Beatty, Motorola and as Finance Director for Capita Software Services.
Howell Jones
Howell JonesChief Operating Officer
Howell holds over 15 years’ experience in the finance and accounting sector and has a wealth of knowledge across a spectrum of industries including banking, hospitality, charity and education.
Geoff Jones
Geoff JonesMarketing Director
With a software and technological background spanning more than three decades, Geoff initially spent 12 years working in UK and international marketing roles at ‘Cambridge phenomenon’ and multi-award winning company, Domino Printing Sciences plc.
Alex Joyce
Alex JoyceManaging Director - ParentMail
With extensive project management experience, Alex holds considerable strategic, stakeholder and operational acumen; with proven areas of expertise in business development, financial growth and property management.
Richard Bunting
Richard BuntingManaging Director – Results Squared
Richard spent his early years in the public sector and then went on to work for technology companies based in New Zealand and Australia. In 2005 he returned to the UK and became a founding partner of Results Squared – which rapidly became a market leader in school communications and asset management

Richard Pierce
Richard PierceDirector
Richard has more than 21 years’ experience in various senior Director and shareholder roles, Richard has worked with a number of organisations which author financial accounting and purchasing software.