Website of the Week – Rogiet Primary School

Published: May 9, 2016

This week’s website of the week comes to us from Monmouthshire in South Wales, and it’s a cracking one. Rogiet Primary School (Ysgol Gynradd Rogiet) had their School Jotter website launch last week, and after seeing it it was really a no-brainer who our website of the week would be.
Rogiet have managed to strike the perfect balance between something bold, colourful and child friendly, and something that parents can use and find useful. It’s easy to navigate with its large tiles and buttons, while the big, high-resolution images really help to show off what the school is all about. One of the features I particularly like are the buttons for each individual class. They’re clear, easy to read and click on, and make great use of iconography.

We can also see some great usage of built-in School Jotter features here. The use of a calendar feed on the main page (showing latest events) with a dedicated page for the full, detailed calendar is a nice touch, as is the dedicated strip on the website for their twitter feed.
I’ve not even mentioned yet how the entire site manages to be bilingual in English and Welsh without becoming overly encumbered with text, which speaks volumes about the school’s commitment to its community.
Overall, one of the best websites I’ve seen so far this year, congratulations to Rogiet Primary!

Website of the week – Woodfield Primary School

Published: May 3, 2016

Another outstanding school with a great-looking website! This week we are looking at the website created by Woodfield Primary School based in Wigan.

I really like the overall design and the layout of this website. Not only it looks good, but it’s also very easy to navigate and to find the information that you need. The white background throughout the website makes it look very clean. Light green and blue colours add a nice welcoming touch to the website.

The homepage features events calendar, live Twitter feed and latest school news. These are great tools for engaging with everyone visiting the website and for keeping everyone updated with the latest things happening at school. Anyone interested in receiving the latest updates straight to the inbox, can subscribe to the school’s monthly newsletter.

It’s always great to see outstanding schools choosing School Jotter to build their primary school website. The only thing I would suggest is to promote the latest Ofsted rating on the homepage and not to hide it.

Well done to the Woodfield Primary School!

Website of the week – St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

Published: April 25, 2016

This week we are looking at the website created by St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School based in Shipley, West Yorkshire. It’s great to see that the school has recently redesigned their website.
There is a nice welcoming message on the homepage that introduces the school and its Catholic values. The homepage also includes useful features like information regarding the latest events and live Twitter feed to help everyone stay up to date with important things happening at school.

The school website is well designed and it’s easy to navigate. There are main contact details, navigation and language bars at the top of the page. The menu is located on the left of the homepage and it includes the learning resources and other useful information for students, teachers and parents.The school is uploading a weekly newsletter to the website which is a great way to improve engagement and to keep everyone updated with the latest news regarding school.

Overall, a great website redesign using School Jotter. Well done!

Website of the week – St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School

Published: April 18, 2016

Celebrating a Digital Milestone: Website of the Week

St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. recently earned the spotlight as the “Website of the Week” on, an accolade that speaks volumes in the educational sector. This prestigious recognition holds great significance in the world of education. It leads us to wonder: what sets St. Anthony’s website apart from the sea of other school websites in the digital world?

Why St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Website was chosen as the website of the week?

Firstly, I like the school website design. The layout of the website makes it look modern and professional. Yellow and blue colours dominating the website make it look child-friendly and they go well with the colours of school uniforms. There is a nice welcoming message on the homepage which introduces the school and gives an idea about some of the school values. The welcoming message appears on the top of some images of students which always make a website look more personalised.

The website is full of useful content and learning resources and it is easy to navigate. Another great feature of this school website is an option to subscribe to the weekly newsletter. It is a great way to engage with parents and to keep them up to date with the latest school events and other important announcements.

What are the essential elements for the school website for ‘St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School’?

Key Elements of St. Anthony’s Website

  1. Intuitive Navigation: The website is designed for ease of use, allowing visitors to find information swiftly and efficiently.
  2. Current and Comprehensive Information: Regularly updated, the website serves as a reliable resource for the latest school news, policies, and educational resources.
  3. Aesthetically Pleasing Design: The website combines elegance and functionality, featuring a design that is both visually appealing and reflective of the school’s ethos.
  4. Inclusive Accessibility: The website is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities, ensuring equitable access to information.
  5. Rich Educational Content: The site is a treasure trove of educational materials, offering insights into the school’s curriculum, extracurricular activities, and learning philosophies.
  6. Community Connection: The website effectively bridges the gap between the school and its wider community, showcasing events, achievements, and the school’s impact.

Well done to St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School!

What are the school website features that help to engage with parents?

Engaging Parents: The Features That Stand Out

  1. Dedicated Parent Section: A specialised area for parents offers tailored information, ranging from school policies and procedures to guidance on supporting their children’s education.
  2. Interactive Event Calendar: This feature keeps parents in the loop regarding school events, term dates, and important deadlines.
  3. Newsletter Integration: Regular newsletters keep parents connected with the heartbeat of school life, providing updates, stories, and achievements.
  4. Feedback Channels: The website encourages parent feedback, fostering a collaborative relationship and ensuring that parent voices are heard.
  5. Social Media Links: By integrating social media, the website offers a dynamic and real-time glimpse into daily school activities and announcements.
  6. Multilingual Options: Recognising the diverse backgrounds of its community, the website provides multilingual support, making it accessible and inclusive for all parents.

Conclusion: A Blueprint for Success

The website of St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School is a true embodiment of what a primary school website should strive for. More than just a source of information, it serves as a dynamic and inviting digital platform that truly embodies the school’s dedication to excellence, inclusivity, and community involvement. It has been recognized as a “Website of the Week,” setting a noteworthy benchmark for other schools and showcasing the potential of a thoughtfully designed website to enhance a school’s communication and educational objectives.

Website of the week – Hillcrest Early Years Academy

Published: April 11, 2016

It’s always great to see outstanding schools choosing School Jotter for building their websites. This week we are looking at the website of the week created by Hillcrest Early Years Academy. The school is based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and it has been rated as outstanding by OFSTED in 2014/2015.

What’s great about this website is that the homepage is not used to store all the information related to the school. Instead, the school focused on displaying some nice images of students on the homepage as well as some basic information like contact details, awards and a language bar. Even the menu is unique and it only has five icons with links to other pages regarding curriculum and other relevant information.

The school website features bright colours that make the website look child-friendly which is perfect for the early years academy. One of the things I found under ‘Academy Information’ page is ‘10 reasons to choose Hillcrest Early Years Academy’. I think it’s a great way to promote the strongest aspects of the school to the wider community. Other pages are full of useful information, including learning resources, information for parents, gallery and other relevant content for parents, teachers and pupils.

Overall, a good-looking and informative website created by the Hillcrest Early Years Academy!

Website of the week – Brandling Primary School

Published: April 4, 2016

This week we are looking at the website created by the Brandling Primary School based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. This school demonstrates how School Jotter can help to build a professional-looking website while keeping it very simple.

The layout of this website is clear and it is easy to navigate. The main information regarding curriculum and school life can be found on the navigation menu. Another useful tools that I like seeing on school websites are the search and language bars that make finding information even easier. Red and white colours dominate throughout the website and they make it look clean and organised.

The homepage features a slideshow with some nice pictures of students. This always makes a school website feel more personalised.

Overall, the website created by Brandling Primary School looks great and it features a lot of useful information. Well done!

Website of the week – Staghills Nursery

Published: March 28, 2016

We’ve got another great website of the week that has been created by the Staghills Nursery School and Children’s Centre based in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. This school offers the highest standards of early education as it has been rated as outstanding in its last 4 Ofsted inspections.

The overall school web design is great, featuring a clear layout that is easy to navigate. The menu bar includes links to finding all school related information and resources.  The website provides a lot of useful information regarding curriculum, school values and school life in general. This is great for engaging with parents and the wider community visiting the school website.

There is calendar on the homepage to help everyone stay up to date with school events and other dates to remember. The homepage also features a slideshow with some nice images of students. Warm colours dominate the website and it makes the website feel very welcoming.

Well done to the Staghills Nursery for creating this great website!

Website of the Week – Seabridge Primary School

Published: March 14, 2016

This week’s website of the week comes to us from the Seabridge Primary School based in Newcastle, Staffordshire. The website features a lot of useful content and the overall website design looks good.

I really like the school video that can be found on the homepage. It looks really professional and it features some nice moments of daily school life. This is a great way to engage with everyone visiting the school website.

Red colour dominates the website and it goes well together with the colour of school uniforms. The website has a navigation bar for finding information and a language bar which is useful for anyone who wants to view the content in a different language. There is a live Twitter feed on the homepage and it’s good see that the school is being quite active on their Twitter account. The menu is located at the top right corner of the website and it includes links to all learning resources and other useful information regarding school.

Overall, a well-designed and informative primary school website. Congratulations to Seabridge Primary School!

Website of the week – Elm Hall Primary School

Published: March 7, 2016

This week we are looking at this very colourful website created by the Elm Hall Primary School based in Witham, Essex. The school has been rated ‘outstanding’ in 2009-2010. We hope this school is still meeting the highest standards of teaching!

The school website is very bright and colourful. There are some lovely illustrations of children at the top of the homepage. The layout of the homepage is clear and the overall website is easy to navigate. You can find information regarding latest news and events on the homepage and this is very useful for staying up to date with the school life. Another good aspect of this website is that it features a number of different learning resources for students regarding different subjects.

The menu bar has all important links to other pages that contain information and resources for students, parents, teachers and community. It’s great that the school has a blog for students and staff which is good for encouraging creative writing and for engaging with students. The homepage also features live Twitter feed which seems to be quite active.

A well-designed and informative website created by Elm Hall Primary School. Well done!

Website of the week – Colebrook Junior School

Published: February 29, 2016

Another great website of the week. This week we are looking at the website created by the Colebrook Junior School based in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The website design looks professional and the colourful logos make it look child-friendly. The homepage features a slideshow with nice pictures of students. What makes this website unique is that there is very little information on the homepage. I guess we are used to seeing schools trying to add all the information related to school on the homepage. It’s nice to see that this school is trying something different.

I like how the school made their website really easy to navigate and easy to find all the relevant information. There are five links to the main pages, including ‘School Information’, ‘Curriculum’, ‘Gallery’, ‘Parents’ and ‘Class Information’. I believe that’s all the information that students, school staff and parents need. Main contact details can be found at the top right corner. Again, very easy to find for anyone who requires more information about the school.

Overall, a unique and great looking website created by the Colebrook Junior School. Well done!