We've slowly been building a portfolio of educational and school websites. Common Road Infant & Nursery School was launched in September 2021, ready for the new school year.
Personally, I've been involved in education for over 15 years, and I am married to a Deputy Headteacher of an infant school. As such, I'm acutely aware of the difficulties schools face, particularly when it comes to managing a web presence.
Common Road Infant & Nursery School came to us with an outdated website. It was challenging to navigate after years of adding various bits of content here and there and needed a complete overhaul.
Our first step was to meet with the school to discuss what content wanted to keep, what was out-of-date or otherwise superfluous to requirements and what new content needed to be created.
We then talked about the general design to grasp an idea of the vision they had for the site: clean, uncluttered, using the school logo and colours and easy for parents, governors and others to find what they are looking for.
After that, we created a sitemap to include all of this. Then came design options, which were quickly agreed upon.
We then developed a system to ensure content such as newsletters, notifications, events, and statuary policies could be easily updated by the school (with some in-school training).
The whole project ran smoothly, which was an outstanding achievement given that much of the development was during the summer break with staff on leave. The website was launched during the first week back, and we visited the school the following week for handover and training. As with all our customers, we will always be on hand to support going forward.
A much overlooked side of web design and development is accessibility. This is especially important for schools because, while partially exempt, they must meet specific WCAG2.1 standards. Every effort was made to ensure that the Common Raod school website met these standards without compromising its aesthetics.