Badger is built and managed by Meadow House Systems Ltd. Version 1 was designed and built during 2012 by two housemasters at King Edwards, Witley: Andrew Day and Nick Rendall. Badger has evolved organically with student-centred pastoral care at its core, and is being used by leading schools in the UK to enable pastoral staff to improve the level of care that they can give by reducing their time spent on house related administrative tasks and facilitating more informed decisions.
Now on its fourth version, Badger is supported by our technical and school liaison teams recruited from the education sector.
Badger exists to improve the quality of life for school staff. We know how busy it can get, how tough it can be to lay your hands on the exact scrap of information at exactly the time you need it.
That’s why we created Badger.
We are all from within the sector and have shared your pain, and we want to make your lives easier.
Liz Smissen, B.A. (Ed), M.B.A, Operations Director
An educationalist at heart, Liz is passionate about driving for results. She has 27 years experience in Education and Operations Management, and Badger is the perfect home for her unique combination of skills and track record of partnering with executives to achieve organisational goals. Holding a diverse portfolio of work in business operations, Liz has always exercised her passion for learning through mentoring business school students, coaching business leaders, and delivering management development programmes.
Liz is responsible for the operations of the company, and focuses on ensuring our customers continue to receive the high standard of service they have always enjoyed. She is part of the Senior Leadership team, and works with the Directors to develop business strategy.
When not working, learning, or doing anything that involves creative design, Liz loves to spend time laughing and debating with her daughter.
Sue Jones, BMus (Hons) PGCE, School Liaison Manager
Sue joined the Badger team in 2017 as a School Liaison Manager. Sue has been a teacher for 20 years, prior to which she was a general manager of both a Solicitor’s office and an IT Software company. Sue was also a School Governor for 13 years, 9 of which were as Chairperson, and she has raised 4 sons. Sue has a wealth of experience in the education sector from the parent, teacher and governance aspects.
Sue has a degree in Music (Cardiff), which continues to be her main hobby, and she gained her PGCE at Demontfort University
Chris Day, MIRM, Commercial Director
Chris has spent some 46 years in Commercial Management, mainly in the UK Construction Industry, for large Infrastructure and Commercial projects, and at Business level for several major companies. In addition, he led the Risk Management Services for 3 companies and successfully applied it to many major projects – which gained him an International award from the Institute of Risk Management in 2010.
Whilst he is relatively new to the Education Sector he has first hand experience of both state and independent schools at all levels as a parent, and having served as a Governor in two schools for a total of 11 years. In addition, several of the new-build and refurbishment construction projects that he was associated with were schools, from Primary up to FE level, including some for special needs pupils.
Andrew Day B.Sc (Hons), PGCE, M.Ed (Cantab), Technical Director
Andrew has worked in boarding schools since 2004. His first eight years were spent as a resident tutor in both senior and junior boarding houses at Bryanston School, Dorset, where he was also Head of IT for five years. He is currently a teacher of computer science and Housemaster of a senior boys boarding house at Epsom College, Surrey, having previously spent four years as a Housemaster at King Edward’s Witley. In 2018, he received his level 4 accreditation as a ‘Boarding Practitioner’ from the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) in recognition of his “significant contribution to boarding beyond his own setting”.
Andrew's undergraduate degree, Computing for Real-Time Systems, included a year at Hewlett-Packard doing Research and Development into emerging web technologies, before undertaking his PGCE in 2003. In 2015 he completed a Masters in Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement), at the University of Cambridge, and his thesis explored the concept of a holistic education within the context of British boarding schools.
With his technical and pastoral background, Andrew is well placed to provide thought leadership to the technical teams of Systems Engineers and Developers, while maintaining a drive for product improvement and constant innovation.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys long distance swimming and spending time with his wife and children
Our team of talented and creative software developers work tirelessly to adapt and customise Badger to fit the needs of each school all the while maintaining a 'blue sky’ approach to Research & Development of the overall product.
In addition, our team of highly experienced Systems Engineers draw on their vast knowledge of network environments, particularly within the education sector, to ensure the installation and configuration of Badger is as secure and efficient as possible
When Andrew and Nick created Badger in 2012 they used their own experiences for their inspiration, yet they knew that this could limit the appeal to other potential users. Consequently, they decided to consult with senior members in the sector who have wider experience.
Having used this network to inform the initial Badger functionality, we have decided to continue with this strategy to ensure that Badger remains relevant and reflects the sector drivers as they change.
This advisory network has grown, and includes people who are currently teaching and administering in Independent Schools, as well as those with Inspection experience and sector based institution roles.
We consult with these advisors on an, ‘as required’ basis to test our ideas for future development and to keep abreast of sector trends so that we can respond quickly.
Sector Consultant: Jenni Brittain, Diploma in Speech & Drama, Scottish Secondary Teaching Certificate
Jenni worked as a Drama teacher and Housemistress at Bedales school since 2003 before her retirement during 2017. Prior to this, she was Head of Drama at St Leonards school Fife. During her teaching career she took time out to teach in USA on a Fulbright exchange and a year in Dubai to set up a Drama dept in a new school.
Having experienced the value of Badger at Bedales, Jenni subsequently decided to join the Badger team as a School Liaison Manager. She is passionate about all things pastoral, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. She is highly organised, a great public speaker and a natural leader. Jenni is great fun to work with and her relentless energy and enthusiasm for everything she does is infectious.
Jenni enjoys spending time with her family, walking the dog, theatre, knitting and sewing.
Sector Consultant: Nick Rendall, B.A.(Hons), PGCE, M.Ed (Cantab)
Nick has worked in independent schools since 2008. He has been an Assistant Housemaster at Stowe, and subsequently a Housemaster of both senior and junior houses, as well as Head of Lower School at King Edward’s Witley, where his final role was Assistant Head of Sixth Form. Nick is currently a teacher of English and Housemaster at Benenden School in Kent.
Nick completed a Masters in Education (Educational Leadership and School Improvement) at the University of Cambridge, and in his thesis he examined the benefits of a boarding education for bursary supported pupils.