Bespoke collaborative newsletter publishing

Thomas’s London Day Schools provide a rich and broad education to children between the ages of 4 and 13, across 5 sites in London. Quru were approached to replace their ageing and buggy newsletter publishing system with a new bespoke application, working closely with the newsletter editor and the company directors.

Open source

Quru chose to base the core of the new publishing system around the open source Wagtail content management system. This provided a solid foundation for staff to author their own newsletter articles and submit photographs, and also the basis for a review and editing procedure, with article approval and rejection.

During the development process we made several enhancements to the Wagtail framework, and found and fixed a number of issues. These were all submitted back to the Wagtail project and were accepted for inclusion in subsequent Wagtail releases.

Bespoke development

The final newsletter publishing application included a large number of bespoke features. These included:

Measuring success

Producing 4 action-packed newsletters every week, the newsletter editor had to be comfortable using the final solution all day, every day. Feedback since the application launched has included:

“I have to say, I think we’ve done a good job and it has been a real pleasure working with all of you”

“So relieved this went so well, can't thank you enough!”

“The work is excellent and thank you for it”

About Quru

Quru was a market leader in the technical development, deployment and support of Linux and open source solutions that help organisations to reduce costs and increase operational agility and capability. It also developed multiple award-winning software solutions ranging from mobile phone apps to global enterprise systems.

Quru ceased trading in 2020.