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Spotlight On Contemporary Design

Published on 01/04/15

Ofsted and DfE guidelines state that all maintained schools must have a website, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Well-designed websites can help bring your school to life online, with contemporary designs helping to highlight great photography and important information.

Why should my school go for contemporary design?

Choosing the best design for your school website can not only highlight the strengths of your school, but also appeal to prospective students and job hunting teachers.

Contemporary websites are traditionally image-led, and sometimes comprise of several sections – rather than one large chunk of text. More modern designs look great on schools of all types, including independent, primary and secondary.

Below we’ve highlighted just some of the contemporary websites we’ve helped go live recently. They are all built in a responsive framework, which means they will look great on a range of different devices.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Junior School

The first thing you’ll probably notice about this school website is the striking colour – a great example of a school website that definitely isn’t boring. Pair this with great photography, and plenty of information, and the Our Lady of Peace website really does showcase what the school has to offer.

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Junior School

Westfield Primary Community School

Another colourful website, this time utilising the same colours as the school’s uniform. This school have also chosen to feature their Twitter and school tour on their home page, giving you a real feel for their school without having to set foot in a building. We also love how the buttons at the bottom of the home page respond as you scroll over them. Try out for yourself here.

Westfield Primary Community School

Chislehurst Church of England Primary School

This primary school website has some very clean lines, and looks great on any device or screen. The different boxes across the homepage are really informative, and give the user a great deal of information in just a small space. The school website also includes a slideshow of images, helping to make the site eye-catching and interesting.

Chislehurst Church of England Primary School

The Harefield Academy

This website makes great use of white space, emphasising the photography slideshow and principal’s welcome. Scrolling down through the homepage, the school’s news section looks really inviting, using thumbnail images and short titles to highlight their stories.

The Harefield Academy

The Brit School

This school has several different interesting courses, each of which are displayed on the home page. The school is famed for producing talented alumni, as well as nurturing talent from a young age. The home page provides information for a wide range of users and ages, without being too 'information overload'.

The Brit School

Interested in a new school website design? Get in touch to discuss your new project – we look forward to hearing from you!