I 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
Last year I helped to create a website for Worth Valley Primary School in Keighley.
Similar to Farfield Primary School, Worth Valley wanted to involve their pupils in the design process. A design competition was held in school and there were some fantastic entries. Three winning designs were selected and elements from each were taken to form a bright, vibrant and fun website design. The school is situated next to the Worth Valley Railway so an animated train became a key feature of the website along with an animated girl cycling at the bottom of the screen.
The names of the classes in school are based on an animals and this theme is visible on the class page with cartoon graphics of each class animal.
Like most of the school websites that I help to create, the content can easily be edited by members of staff using the friendly user interface.
To visit the Worth Valley Primary School website and see the winning entries please visit www.worthvalleyprimary.co.uk
Some of you may have noticed that the design of my website spontaneously changed earlier this month – I hope you like it! Aside from giving the website a fresh new look my main aims were to improve the overall navigation of the website, enhance the readability of its text, put more emphasis on my skills and target clientele and to make it easier for clients to get in touch with me.
The recent work page has now been revamped with projects grouped into educational and commercial categories. I hope to revisit the written content in some of the other pages in the coming weeks.
I recently helped to launch a fantastic website for another Bradford school. This was a very novel project because pupils from the school were involved in the design of the website. Please check again later this week for more details!
I 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.
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.