In this climate of transformation in education, it is more important than ever that schools can communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences. Web technology and digital communications are at the forefront of this development, enabling schools to communicate in innovative and engaging new ways.
At PrimarySite, we understand the evolving opportunities and challenges for schools and the enormous value that web technology and digital communications can bring to them. Founded in 2002 by a primary school teacher who believed passionately that all schools deserved to have professional websites that were quick and easy for staff to use, our aim is simply to help schools make the most of their online presence.
Having already created more than 6,000, we are the largest provider of websites to primary schools and academies in the UK.
“Due to the simplicity of updating the site, parents have commented that they have never felt more ‘involved’ with the school and more up to date.”
Childwall CE Primary School
We know that effective communications are vital for schools in engaging parents and carers in their children’s academic development. With access to up to date information and resources online, parents are empowered to support learning outside the classroom and help raise pupil attainment. Pupils themselves can be motivated by having their efforts and achievements published online for their family and friends to see.
A professional website is also important in attracting new families and staff who will often visit school websites as their first step in comparing the academies’ characters, values, visions and development plans. Schools that make the most of their online presence to raise their profiles and show off what they’re great at will make a stronger impression on prospective families and staff.
Whether your school is local-authority-maintained, an academy or free school, we can help you use your website to meet the Department for Education and Ofsted mandatory requirements to publish specific information online (in England). We also provide an annual website review against these requirements taking any recent changes into account. This helps Ofsted find the information they are looking for about your school quickly and easily.
By providing parents and carers with up to date information and resources online, schools can also make significant savings on paper and ink supplies. Less printing and photocopying is better for the environment too! Increasingly, schools are going one step further and using their websites to generate new income from activities such as fundraising appeals, room hire and facilities bookings.
“There are a lot of requirements for school websites now in terms of the information that must be available for anyone visiting the site, including Ofsted inspectors. We worked very closely with PrimarySite during the development of the website and they were really helpful in making sure that all the material that you must and might want to include is on the site.”
We also work with academy trusts looking for a custom design approach that brings a consistency of style and brand across all the websites within their trust while also enabling individual academies to maintain their own identities. In addition to consistency of look and feel, this approach can deliver economies of scale with multiple order savings as well as significant time savings from just one easy-to-use system in place for all staff. If you are a trust looking for a custom design applied to all your websites in this way, or for wholly distinctive individual academy website designs, we would be happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a customised quotation.
“This website has made my life so much easier and saved me precious hours. In terms of value for money, it’s well and truly served its purpose!”
North Petherton Community Primary School
With a website from PrimarySite, you can be confident that your school will enjoy striking contemporary web design and an updating system that is genuinely easy for staff to set up and use with unlimited customer and technical support. We have developed a flexible model that allows you to choose the appropriate level of website service to meet your school’s requirements and budget.
We know how precious your time is but we’d love to show your more and share some ideas. An online demonstration of our easy-to-use website updating system takes just five minutes. Of course, we don’t just design websites now. Our team of dedicated School Website Advisers are on hand to talk with you about our wide range of digital communications including our schools app, email, social media and text messaging services.
We’d love to hear from you and discuss your school’s website and communications needs; it’s what we’re here for!