Greenwood Academies Trust consists of 34 schools across 7 local authority areas. As an established MAT since 2009, they wanted a uniform solution which was both modern and scalable – ensuring instant brand awareness and recognition when landing on any of the school websites as well as being future-proof as they continued to expand and grow.
We suggested using their strong purple brand colour and distinctive logo to create a consistent, cost-effective design which could be utilised across all of their schools. To provide slight differentiation between the sectors; we softened the design template for the primary schools – using softer lines and rounded edges to give their websites a more child-friendly feel. We also offered flexibility by giving each school the choice from a selection of pre-designed homepage elements, which they could pick up to four, depending on their needs and requirements.
Westcountry Schools Trust (formerly Ivybridge Academy Trust) is made up of 13 schools and a teaching school and is centred around two cluster areas within the counties of Devon and Cornwall. When they started working with us, they were a newly formed Multi-Academy Trust and their main aim was to define their MAT brand and create an online presence for the Trust, as well as to bring all of their schools under one website provider.
They wanted to have an overall theme for their school websites, whilst allowing them to maintain their individual identities which were based upon their values and locations. To do this, we created a base design for the primary and secondary models, which were then customised on a school-by-school basis to incorporate their own unique characteristics.
"We are pleased with everything. The rapid turn around of the logo and the quality of it was very impressive. The Ivybridge team are thrilled with the bus functionality. Overall the team have been excellent to work with and made it very easy for me to manage my end."
Chloe Fox, Project Lead
Leicester Grammar School Trust is a family of three independent top-performing co-educational day schools based in Great Glen Leicestershire; Leicester Grammar School, Leicester Grammar Junior School and Stoneygate School. The Trust wanted to work with a provider who truly understood their core needs and could provide the best fit for their requirements.
Following our discussions, they felt that the Connect CMS was intuitive with a simple yet powerful interface and that our host of school-specific features and functionality could be adapted for their specific needs, rather than starting from scratch, which would ultimately save them time and money. The Trust team felt that our ethos and approach to customer service was exactly what they were looking for, amd we worked with them to create engaging new websites for each of the schools and the Trust. We also helped them to create stunning homepage videos for each of the schools.
"Having led the project, I personally have found working with e4education a delight. Having built a previous website with another supplier, I can’t believe how much easier and more pleasant the whole process has been. Everyone in the Trust has been bowled over by the new sites. We have had extremely positive comments from staff, pupils, parents and the public about the new look and functionality of all three sites."
Natalie Hunt, Head of Marketing
The Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) is a learning community of two nurseries and eight schools, providing education to children aged 0 - 19 within the county of Bedfordshire. From our discussions, we know that we wanted to ensure their websites were instantly recognisable as part of BEST, so we collaborated to create two consistent, clear designs for the different sectors they work with; large imagery and bold lines for the secondary websites and softer waves and curves for the primary websites.
We then mirrored elements from the school websites, as well as adding in a few unique elements to create beautiful bespoke websites for the Trust and Teaching School. Social media is regularly used by the schools, so each of the websites features easy access to the social media accounts and full feeds where necessary.
"Working with e4education has been a real pleasure; the team are really helpful with an expertise that guides you smoothly through the creative and technical components of the project. They have provided us with beautifully designed and professional websites that capture and reflect both the individuality of our schools as well as what it means to be part of BEST. The easy to use content management system means updating and managing the websites is a breeze and when you need any extra help the support team are just a call or email away."
Craig Smith, Chief Operating Officer
Engage, Enrich, Excel Academies (EEEA) is a 4-school primary trust located within Surrey and Hampshire. They wanted to demonstrate their commitment to developing a bespoke curriculum for the needs of their community and to highlight the important features of the schools within their Trust, so we worked with them to create a bespoke Trust website which incorporated large breathtaking imagery, dynamic counters to demonstrate EEEA's key statistics and frequently updated news and social feeds, pulling information from the schools within the Trust.
We also applied some of these features to the primary school website designs - along with the use of bright colours, easy to navigate menu structures and interactive video welcome messages.
Macintyre Academies is a Multi Academy Trust for special schools and specialist alternative provision. The Trust and Schools works hard to ensure that all of their students have the same opportunities as children attending mainstream education and they wanted their websites to reflect their approach, philosophies and curriculum.
We worked with them to create engaging websites that would appeal to both their students and parents, to really give a flavour of life at Macintyre. We added interactive 'meet the staff' feeds to the homepage, so that parents could instantly see who would be teaching their child, alongside an interactive 'day in the life' journey, introduction video, dynamic feeds and welcome message from the headteacher. We styled their websites to help promote a real sense of community and inclusion, giving an interactive insight into life at their schools.
The Consortium Academy Trust is based in East Yorkshire and is made up of 8 schools; 2 primary, 5 secondary and a sixth form. We started working with the Trust in early 2017, ready for their official formation in September 2017. It's always a pleasure to work on a newly formed project from iniital conception and we were fortunate to be able to design not only the website, but the logo and branding too.
Our designers combined a visually impactful colour pallette with circular shapes and a play on the letter 'C' to create a striking, instantly recognisable logo. We then took elements of the logo and translated this into the website design, letterheads and branding to achieve a consistent theme throughout their online and offline mediums. To help differentiate their website from others, we took the circles and colours and made them focal features - to really help them stand out from the crowd.
"Having worked with e4education initially on our Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College website which was much admired when it was launched, when we became part of a Multi Academy Trust in September 2017 it made sense continuing this relationship. The inaugural website for The Consortium Academy Trust was therefore the next project we worked on with e4education and this has now extended to the other academies throughout the Trust. We have been impressed with the design element, how user friendly the websites are and the customer-focused support we have received from the team. Overall the relationship we have built has been extremely positive and we’re delighted with the results."
Claire Gordon, Marketing & Communications Manager
The Cothill Trust is an educational charity comprising of seven independent prep schools located across England and France; Ashdown House, Barfield, Chandlings, Cothill House, Kitebrook, Mowden Hall and Château de Sauveterre.
Their ethos is based around celebrating individuality, embracing tradition and ensuring the freedom of childhood, so they decided to take a much more bespoke approach to their overall website project - giving each school the opportunity to incorporate their own unique aspects into their design and development. This method allowed us to work with them to create websites which were not only highly functional and beautiful, but also tailored to each of their specific needs and requirements. For example, we emphasised the cultural experience offered at Suaveterre through visual stories and the use of French language whereas with Kitebrook we emphasised their values and growth mindset with interactive homepage carousels and easy to navigate quick links designed to enhance the user experience.
Bedford Catholic Schools is made up of one secondary school, two primary schools and a teaching school situated within Bedford. Our design team utilised the Trust's strong brand pallette to create a series of striking designs that beautifully contrasted their bright rainbow colour scheme with each school's individual uniform colour.
To ensure economy of scale and to provide Trust continuity, we created an overall structure and layout for the designs which was then replicated across all of the schools. We then worked with each school to create a bespoke motto area to highlight their individual values. A professional photography shoot with our talented in-house photographer provided stunning imagery for the slideshows to add the perfect finishing touches.
"A big thank you to all the e4education team for your help and support, the websites are all as I had hoped they would be and everyone is very pleased at school level too. I have worked with a few different web companies over the years but none have had an equivalent Basecamp facility, which makes managing the project from this end (especially when there are 5!) so much less stressful than I had anticipated. The admin side of the sites is also much more user-friendly than I have come across to date and has meant that the admin teams in the schools have picked it up really quickly."
Lisa Sanderson, Project Lead (Jigsaw Marketing for Schools)
Greenshaw Learning Trust is comprised of 13 schools across the South and West of England. They have a very collaborative approach to teaching and value the need for sharing good practice and learning from each other, whilst allowing the schools to retain and develop their own distinctive character. In line with these values, we created website designs for the schools which promote a unity across the trust, whilst giving the schools the opportunity to put their own mark on the design - with their own colours, quick links and social media feeds.
To assist with their marketing, we incorporated the design features from the website into their printed literature, to provide a consistent online and offline presence. We have developed a fantastic relationship with staff within the lead school and Trust over many years and we look forward to seeing how Greenshaw Learning Trust continues to expand, grow and lead in the future.
"e4education has been supporting the work of the Greenshaw Learning Trust and it’s schools for many years. Throughout that time the quality of the resources and the responsiveness of the care and support has been truly exceptional. Our online presence and outward facing messages have been enhanced and amplified with the depth of understanding that we have found with all of the design and production staff. e4education is a market leader and trend setter when it comes to developing the profile of schools and Trusts."
Will Smith, CEO
Inspiration Trust comprises of 13 schools across the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Their key goals for their project were to increase efficiency and reduce the time spent on individual school websites within their Trust.
They wanted a cost-effective, time-saving solution which would allow them to share content between their websites as well as allow them to have overall access from a Trust level. To help them achieve their objectives, we designed a style which could be utilised across all of their schools and then built the websites into one Content Management System. To highlight their own individuality, the schools were able to select their logos and colour schemes, whilst for continuity, the core elements of the design and structure remained the same.
"When we decided a couple of years ago to revamp our websites we spoke to a number of companies, but e4education stood out as the ones with the best combination of design and technical skills, and at a competitive price. Entrusting more than a dozen school sites to someone is daunting but the project was delivered on time, and since then e4education have continued to be responsive to our changing needs. I'm still happy we made the right choice."
James Goffin, Head of External Affairs
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