What makes Metis different?

Find out what makes ITQ Metis tick!

Our Metis Applications

ITQ Metis offers a suite of secure, reliable online tools to support the admissions challenges of independent schools. By utilising data effectively, streamlining old processes and supporting each customer with skilled, experienced staff, ITQ Metis can help improve pupil recruitment, streamline admissions, joining and bursary applications and improve recruitment pipeline whilst providing greater security and productivity for every independent school.

The ITQ Metis products are a series of Applications, which means that all of the hard work of building, managing and maintaining the application is carried out by us.

  • No on site server requirements, no specialist IT staff and each update is included in your subscription price.
  • Fundamental to school administration is a well built reliable tool that works for you and your specific school needs.
  • Each of our products is tailored to suit your requirements as part of the introductory and onboarding processes.
  • We take pride in the security and accuracy of our work. Each platform will be provided with an SSL certificate and will be penetration tested prior to launch.

You’re in safe hands.

We partner with industry specialists to ensure each of our tools meets the highest standards from compliance and usability.

  • Our Immigrations Manager is built and managed alongside immigration specialist solicitors VWV.
  • We support your Bursary application process with BAL
  • The Metis Dashboard is offered in conjunction with MTM, to provide the most useful reporting on your data, with clear intuitive visuals to guide your admission and marketing decisions.

Our Service

Service is just as important to us as the tool that it supports.

We offer the support, guidance and training from our specialist team - each knows the product and industry inside out, having worked in the independent schools sector.

With each build, comes a consultation period as standard, where our specialists will explore your needs and requirements in order to further tailor each platform to you.

Experienced trainers support the onboarding process in person or remotely to suit your preferences.

Our Specialist Team

Our company has 20 years of experience in the independent schools sector, and our team is made up of those who have ‘done the job’ allowing us to support and consult with your teams on each of the specialist products we offer.

Graham Varndell

Managing Director

Graham is a highly motivated and skilled team leader. With a wealth of experience running ITQ Metis’ parent company ‘ITQ’ as well as various IT, Print and software lead businesses. For decades, Graham has been focussed on industry leading sales and service operations, which forms an essential part of ITQ Metis, a human lead services company, with software applications at its core.

Nick Holmes

Technical Director

As Technical Director, Nick is fundamental to the business and the ITQ Metis suite of applications. With a wealth of experience in both the IT and software sector as well as the Independent Schools sector, Nick is perfectly positioned to understand this market and it’s specific needs. Nick is highly motivated by building the quality of applications he believes can drive the Independent Schools sector forward.

  • Principal developer of commerce and CRM software.
  • 6 years as working for a large telecoms operator, designing and developing large scale call logging and billing systems.
  • 7 years in Wellington College IT, managing and integrating all database systems including iSAMS.

Claire Stannard

Product Manager

Metis Admissions Platform

Claire has a wealth of knowledge around both software and school admissions, she has been an essential part of the development from the old RSAdmissions database to the new Metis Admissions Platform.

  • Experienced in building and implementing software across a variety of sectors.
  • Emmanuel Middle School - Responsible for operating SIMs for pupil transfer.
  • Bournemouth Collegiate School - Registrar.
  • Canford School - Admissions officer and pupil recruitment (10 years).

Natasha Tait

Product Manager

Online Registrations

Natasha is an integral part of the ITQ Metis team, with many years experience in schools admissions and management, she has a genuine passion for the school pupil journey, from initial enquiry, through to graduation as well as supporting schools to improve process and efficiency.

  • Over 10 years working in admissions resulting in promotion to Admissions Manager
  • Natasha utilises her degree in typography and graphic design to help improve online forms and communications.

Tug Rhys

Training Manager

Metis Admissions Platform

Tug has a wealth of experience in marketing and sales, which she took into her role in Bedales School, She has over 15 years experience, helping and training admissions teams.

  • Career in sales data analysis and marketing
  • Bedales School - Registrar
  • 15 years training and advising admissions and marketing teams
  • Designed and delivered training days and workshops around admissions and marketing
  • Ran the Certificate in Admissions Management on behalf of AMCIS and delivered the course to over 400 admissions managers.

Allen Daddow

Product Manager

Metis Bursaries

Allen is driving the implementation of our key Metis Bursaries product. With extensive IT experience and data management accreditations, he can help support your bursary needs.

  • 25 years plus experience in the IT Sector for Commercial, Public & Private Sectors.
  • Data Backup Specialized & Accredited with Arcserve.
  • Network, Wi-Fi, Servers, Desk/Laptop support & Builds.
  • With over 25 years customer front and end support.
  • Wealth of experience in online Bursary Implementation, design, build and support
  • Wealth of experience in online Joining Papers design, build and support

Alicia Houghton

Product Manager

Immigration Manager

Alicia is a key member of the team with extensive knowledge around managing international students, immigration process and international recruitment. She joins us as product manager for our Immigration Manager service.

  • Bethany School Kent - initially as Registrar and subsequently as Marketing Manager (13 years)
  • British Boarding Schools Network - working closely with international consultants from around the world and boarding schools throughout the UK, supporting them with their international recruitment (9 years).

Richard Smith

Data Management Team

Richard is a highly experienced team member with a wealth of knowledge around IT infrastructure and data processing / management. Richard has also worked in the Education sector for many years and so understands the specific needs and requirements in this space.

  • 40 years of experience in the IT industry, covering finance, pharmaceutical, insurance, education and public service sectors.
  • Extensive practical experience with infrastructure management, data centre consolidation and transition projects.
  • Multi-platform technical experience covering server and network environments with a background in technical management, technical design, project management, and team leadership.
  • Experience covers IT operations and management, and infrastructure management and architecture.
  • Over 10 years of working within the Education sector at both senior and Preparatory School level, teaching, training and managing IT infrastructure.

Tina Propsaltis

Data Management Team

Tina is part of our Data Management Team and with her extensive experience in Admissions and attention to detail, she is able to create best practices and clean data in a way that sets your school up for a data lead future.

  • Canford School - Admissions Administrator, responsible for processing all new registrations, as well as assisting in all areas of the Admissions Department, including entrance tests, open days etc.
  • Prior to working at Canford School, Tina was a legal Clerk in the Crown Courts.

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In conjunction with Pair Education, we deliver a timeline of live events that showcase aspects of the Metis Applications. You can find more information on these by contacting us on the link below.