Community Brands UK, a provider of cloud-based software and payments solutions for schools, has acquired Liverpool EdTech Parentapps.

Leicester-headquartered Community Brands said Parentapps, which serves nurseries, community groups, clubs and nonprofit organisations, complements its existing suite of tools that help schools effectively and efficiently connect with parents. 

Parentapps’ solution includes digital communication, parent evening bookings, website development and payments processing.

“The addition of Parentapps bolsters our leadership position in the industry and further illustrates our commitment to schools and their parents and students,” said Richard Grazier, president and MD of Community Brands UK. 

“This strategic partnership aligns with our mission to modernise the way schools use technology, and in turn, frees up valuable time and resources so that school staff and teachers can do what they do best: create a better future for our community.”

Combining Parentapps with Community Brands’ Teachers2Parents and Groupcall Messenger communications platforms, as well as the SchoolMoney payments tool, will serve more than 20,000 schools, partners, multi-academy trusts and local authorities.

Parentapps founder and MD Kevin Clayton added: “The COVID-19 pandemic only hastened the digital transformation for many schools, especially in light of the need to stay connected and to deliver learning materials and instruction remotely. 

“Both Parentapps and Community Brands have played important roles in this ongoing process and are perfect partners in providing the most comprehensive, turnkey solutions for helping schools increase efficiency and engagement.”