Windows/Microsoft SQL server versions

As IT develops, Capita will modify to work with the latest versions of software infrastructure. This means that every so often they will stop testing SIMS to work on the older versions.

  • From the Summer SIMS Release 2018, Office 2010 is no longer supported.
  • From spring 2019, Windows Server 2008 will no longer be supported.
  • SQL Server 2012 will now be supported until spring 2022.
  • Microsoft will stop updating Windows 7 in January 2020.

You can find more information about Capita’s plans for the technical development of SIMS in this booklet:
SIMS technical roadmap (pdf)

If you are considering changing your SIMS server or workstations in the near future, remember to check the minimum technical requirements recommended by Capita. Your SIMs technical support provider should be able to offer you further advice on this, if needed.

SIMS release notes

The SIMS spring upgrade version 7.180 was released on 16 March 2018. It includes the functionality for summer census and assessments, plus a host of new features as outlined in the SIMS 2018 Summer Release note linked below.

For high schools there have been enhancements to Examinations Organiser, Managing Performance Measures and Course Manager.

The FMS upgrade version 6.180 includes the functionality for CFR 2018.

SIMS 2018 spring release note (pdf)
FMS 2018 spring release note (pdf)

SIMS end of year handbooks

Primary end of year procedures 2018 (pdf)
Secondary end of year procedures 2018 (pdf)

Useful resources


Running and previewing pre-defined reports (pdf)
Managing pupil/ students in SIMS ([pdf)
Managing staff in SIMS (pdf)
Student lists and reports (pdf)
Managing SIMS interventions (pdf)

Contact us

For all enquiries relating to this site please contact:
Fiona Bradley
Tel: 020 8825 6065

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Last updated: 03 Oct 2018