At Carmel College,PDF-eXPLODE® Makes the Grade

Saves hours, even days, on report distribution

Carmel College, a 1,500-student sixth form college in St Helens, Merseyside, England, uses Crystal Reports to send out myriad reports to its teaching staff. For example, attendance reports, course reports and exam reports are sent each week and each term to approximately 120 staff members who teach a class.

A sixth form college is an educational institution in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong or Malta where students aged 16 to 18 typically study for advanced school-level qualifications, such as A-levels. In the United Kingdom, education is compulsory only until the end of Year 11 (although this is changing in September 2010). In the English and Welsh educational systems, those wishing to continue may either stay on at a secondary school with an attached sixth form, transfer to a local sixth form college, or go to a more vocational further education college.

According to Vicky Denison, the Carmel College’s MIS manager, in the past, her department of three would spend hours exporting individually run reports, then printing/e-mailing and hand-distributing them. Now, with PDF-eXPLODE, she says, “With one click of one button, we can send the information on.”

Denison estimates that in addition to saving money on printing, her department saves “a minimum of three to four hours a week by using PDF-eXPLODE.” She adds that printing term reports used to take two to three days just to collate and distribute.

For more information, contact .