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Web and Multimedia Design

Dixons Allerton Academy New Build

Dixons Allerton Academy New Build WebsiteI recently created a blog to help showcase the new development work at Dixons Allerton Academy. Over the next year and a half a new school building is being created to replace the existing school buildings. Dixons Allerton Academy wanted a platform to document progress and keep teachers, parents and students informed.

The visualisations of the school look great so I tried to feature them as much as possible, involving them in a rotating banner and a background image. The blog also features an image gallery.

The blog is fully maintained by staff in school and allows visitors to share and comment on latest news posts, which will hopefully generate some interactivity on the website.

To visit the website please go to www.dixonsaa.com/newbuild

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Appleton Academy website goes live

Appleton AcademyI was recently involved with the creation of a website for Appleton Academy in Bradford. The site was designed by Dave Preston of DP Creative and I was tasked with building the template, developing the website around a content management system (CMS), adding the initial content, delivering training to the staff and providing ongoing technical support.

Appleton Academy will soon be featuring some of their exciting new developments on the website and I look forward to working with them to develop the website further and make great use of it.

Please click here to take a look.

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Dixons Allerton Academy website fast approaching 100,000 hits!

Every time I check the Dixons Allerton Academy website I notice its visitor count has increased by thousands. The total is fast approaching 100,000 hits – good going for an Academy that was only launched in September last year.

I think the popularity of this website highlights just how important it is for schools to have a professional web presence that acts as a fast, reliable and user friendly communication service between the school and parents and a platform to showcase how well the school is maintained and run.

I like to think of websites as members of staff – working tirelessly, 24 hours a day to represent and promote the school or company that owns them.

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Websites for Schools and Academies

websites for schools and academies

During three years working for a subsidiary of Dixons City Academy in Bradford I helped to develop a number of websites for schools and Academies. Upon leaving the company I was asked to help maintain of many of these websites and have since created several more. I can offer the extensive expertise I have developed to provide similar services to schools nationwide.

The websites I develop for schools are usually based around a content management system, which allows authorised users to log in and update the website’s content without any prior knowledge of website coding. Although this is a very simple process, I also provide a detailed user manual and on site training to assist the user.
Typically the process is as follows:

  1. We discuss your needs at an initial consultation
  2. 3-5 initial concept designs are developed
  3. A final design is developed based on feedback from the initial designs
  4. The website is built and fitted around a content management system
  5. All of the initial website content is added by me
  6. A detailed user manual is created and I also provide on-site training on editing & updating the website
  7. An invoice is sent upon satisfactory completion of the website

Please feel free to contact me for more information.

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Dixons Allerton Academy website gets new pictures

Some great photographs taken by Expo design and Michelle Heseltine have been used to populate the Dixons Allerton Academy website.

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    Developing a new web site is a challenge. It must present the information required whilst communicating the school's ethos. As a Head teacher with limited expertise in such matters I required a designer who could take the school's ideas, advise on their practicability and then add a creative element. We are delighted with the outcome and recommend Mark's work without hesitation.
    M. Latham
    Head Teacher
    Newby Primary SchoolMore testimonials