Feb 242014
The Home Page Alert feature

The emergency closure: it happens to all schools. Boiler failure, a kitchen fire, a water leak. Something which needs to be urgently communicated to parents. Or it might just be an event you want to publicise, such as a forthcoming open evening. ‘Get something on the website home page’ goes out the anguished cry from the Head’s office. But a line of text on a busy home page is easily [...more]

What are responsive school websites?

In 2013, 50% of internet users used their mobile phone primarily to browse the internet. The growth of the mobile internet has been staggering. Your website is no longer viewed solely by people with desktop computers and big monitors. Small screen users are beginning to dominate internet traffic, and it’s important that your website is tailored to their needs. Yesterday’s solution: Mobile Websites In the not too distant past, the [...more]

Free Ofsted School Website Checklist

As you know, statutory requirements for school website content came into force in September 2012. We also posted details last month of the new briefing notes for Ofsted Inspectors. These briefing notes refer inspectors to various content in your school website whilst planning their inspection. We’ve now pulled all this together for you into one handy checklist which covers the statutory content, Ofsted content and other useful content.   You [...more]


You already know that Ofsted will be looking at your school website prior to an inspection. The School Inspection Handbook states that inspection planning should be informed by analysis of, amongst other things: “Information available on the school’s website, which may include a prospectus and other information for parents.” Source: School Inspection Handbook, September 2013 What you may not know unless you’ve read all 18 of the September 2013 inspection [...more]

Back to school website checklist

Welcome back!   Here’s a few quick things you might find useful to check on your school website at the start of term:    1) Log in When I return from holiday I often look at the log in screen on my PC in a blind panic.  Just what was the password? So even if you don’t need to, a good start would be to check you can still remember [...more]

5 things to do on your website before the end of term

It’s a busy time of year, no question, but you can bet September will be even more hectic! So here’s 5 tips to help you ensure your school website hits the ground running in the new academic year.   1) Review old content Purge those old newsletters and letters to parents. While you’re at it, why not have a quick flick through the pages and see if there’s anything else [...more]

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

As I write this on a Friday afternoon in early July, the sun is setting slowly over the Thames and it’s a steamy 25C outside. It will soon be the summer holidays and I can’t help but dream of sandy beaches and fresh surf. But, as I am in the office, I shall content myself with gazing back at some of the recent seaside themed school website designs we’ve been [...more]

Examples of purple school website design for inspiration

We love purple school websites so here’s some of our favourite designs.