Ed tech Juniper Education has acquired PrimarySite, which provides almost 5,000 primary schools, academies and trusts with subscription-based educational websites and parent communication solutions.
Gavin Freed, chairman of Juniper Education, said: “Over the last year, schools have had to rethink the ways they keep parents and pupils engaged and supported. It’s been recognised for some time that closing the gap between school and home is fundamental to securing the best outcomes for children. Joining forces with PrimarySite gives us an unrivalled opportunity to build on this need and provide schools and trusts with a complete solution for the way they communicate with parents.”
Geoff Millington, founder of PrimarySite, added: “I’m very proud of what we have achieved over the last two decades, but we knew it was time to find a partner who could continue with PrimarySite’s growth journey. It was important to us to find an organisation with similar values and an exciting strategic vision. We wanted a company with a strong education focus, a culture of integrity and a vision to continually develop our tools for schools and trusts. We have found this in Juniper Education.”
Simon Hitchcock, managing partner at Horizon Capital, which is an investor in Juniper Education, said: “Parental support is essential to boosting students’ achievement. It’s never been more important for schools and trusts to provide accurate, timely information to parents in an efficient and effective way. Juniper Education and PrimarySite are united in their drive to provide schools with outstanding parental communication solutions.”
Juniper Education is based in Chelmsfied, Essex; PrimarySite is headquartered in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Date published: 7 May 2021