Whenever Edusite work on a new school website, we use our expertise to suggest what pages you might want to include in your new creation. Here are our top 10.
Inviting home page
The home page of your website is likely going to create the first impression of your school’s online presence. Whether it be parents, pupils or Ofsted visiting, you want to ensure it is inviting, informative and somewhere they will want to come back to. The home page is a good place for displaying latest news and upcoming dates for the diary, as well as important notices such as snow closures. You’ll want your website navigation to be clear and simple so that users can find the information they need with ease.
A clear and concise contact page is key, showing your school’s address, telephone number and the name of the member of staff who deals with queries. Not only is this an Ofsted requirement, but you want visitors to be able to easily find your school.
A page containing all of your key school policies is important, so that parents and governors can find vital information when they need it. In addition it’s another Ofsted requirement that you display your Behaviour and Charging and Remissions policy. We recommend that you have a policies page, containing a list of links to PDF versions of each of your key policies, perhaps organised in alphabetical order and with clear names to make them easy to find. It’s important that your policies are up to date and are the most recent versions.
Values and ethos
A key part of your school brand are your values and ethos, which you will want to convey on your website, it’s also an Ofsted stipulation that they are displayed on your school website.
Your pupil premium information must include your pupil premium allocation for the current academic year, details of how you intend to spend your allocation, details of how you spent your previous academic year’s allocation and how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils (one more Ofsted requirement ticked off the list)
PE and sport premium
This page should include your PE and sport premium allocation for the current academic year, details of how you intend to spend your allocation, details of how you spent your previous academic year’s allocation and how it made a difference to the PE and sport participation and attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.
Special educational needs (SEN) report
You should report your school’s admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities, the steps you have taken to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favourably than other pupils, access facilities for pupils with SEN and the accessibility plan your governing body has written in compliance with paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010.
Latest results and link to performance tables
It’s a legal requirement that you post your latest KS2 or KS4 results on your website, as well as a link to the DFE school performance tables website.
You must publish a copy of your school’s most recent Ofsted report or a link to the website page containing the report.
You should include the content of the curriculum your school follows in each academic year for every subject and the names of any phonics or reading schemes you are using in KS1. Most schools publish their medium and long term curriculum plans on their school website.
This is our top 10, but there are certainly more pages you’ll want to consider having on your school website. You can check out our full Ofsted requirements information sheet here or drop us an email on email@example.com if you’d like to talk about your school website with one of our Edusite designers.