Warwick School has given the thumbs up to a state-of-the-art registration system.
The school is the first in the county to introduce biometric technology to monitor pupils' attendance. During the summer term the school will be going live with the system which requires schoolchildren to scan in their thumb prints to register attendance in both the morning and afternoon.
They will have 14 registration points in the school and the details are logged onto the school's intranet system for teachers to monitor.
Live Register has been developed by Loughborough-based company Cyclone Industries, which specialises in providing biometric technology for the education sector.
Mark McMorran, who runs the firm with business partner Dave Carrington, said thumb registration is t he way forward for schools.
"Morning and afternoon registration is a statutory requirement for schools and this system will ensure that less time is used collecting manual registers," he said.
"Schools will be able to use the time saved for dealing with pastoral issues. We believe this is the future for schools."
David Seal, director of ICT at Warwick School, said: "One of the main benefits of using this technology will be the reduction in teacher administration, giving them more time to deal with the needs of their pupils.
"It will also produce very accurate attendance records, which are accessible to teachers through the school intranet."
Cyclone Industries started out three years ago when Mr McMorran and Mr Carrington worked for Loughborough Grammar School and they were asked by the head teacher Paul Fisher to devise an electronic registration system.
The pair, who have a background in computer science, spent two years trying and testing out technology before perfect-ing Live Register.
The thumb print technology, after being developed for schools in Leicestershire, has now been adopted by schools in other counties such as London, Hampshire, Essex, Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Alongside the registration system, they have also developed a "cashless catering" system for schools using biometric technology.
Cyclone Industries has s igned a partnership agreement with big computer company A2Z Core IT Solutions, which was handled by Coventry and Warwickshire accountancy group and business adviser Harrison, Beale and Owen.
Harrison, Beale and Owen director Marie Bawden said: "It is good to see a local school at the forefront of such cutting edge technology.
"More and more schools are giving the thumbs up to Live Register and we expect it to become commonplace in the future. We have devised a business plan for Cyclone Industries and assisted with their major partnership deal which helps them become a bigger force in the sector." ..SUPL: