Latest School Website Design – September 2018
Latest Launches by Greenhouse School Websites
Despite the distractions of a royal wedding, a royal birth and a fantastic world cup the team at Greenhouse School Websites have been busy! Here we lift the veil on some great new designs, see which beautiful websites have been born, and spectate on a few sites that hit the back of the net.
Gateway Academy, Westminster
Right away you notice the Gateway Academy website is crisp and clear, with great photography. As you scroll down, the upwardly curving panels provide a positive “smile” on this design. The school’s logo and title are set horizontally in the header, along with search & translate functions as well as a news ticker. Their motto, “Taking pride in doing our best”, is displayed as a badge on top of the full screen background gallery. The sectioned panels include a short welcome message, mission statement, and finally news & diary dates at the bottom. Each section is themed with Gateway’s beautiful branding colours.
Graveney School, Tooting
An elegant website design that balances opulence with minimalism. There is something 1920’s about the look of the new Graveney School website design. Of course, the site remains very easy to navigate via the main menu tabs, and a sliding quicklinks panel. The bottom of the homepage features Graveney’s twitter feed with their latest tweets, alongside their latest news items.
Saracens High School, Edgware
The new Saracen’s High School website uses high contrast design to make a clean and impactful first impression. With their values displayed proudly and a principles welcome below the main gallery, there’s no mistaking how Saracens High School value their quality. The latest six news items and next three diary dates at the bottom help keep parents up to date too.
Cottesmore School, West Sussex
We love seeing websites making full use of our optional features, and while our background video is a fairly uncommon choice, what an impression it makes. Cottesmore School has a lot to showcase. Perhaps more than a standard scrolling photo gallery would ordinarily convey. The rest of the website consistently delivers high quality design too. A fantastic news section, high quality photography and an attractive footer map all make a huge impression on prospective parents.
Acland Burghley School, Camden
Acland Burghley wanted us to start from the ground up on their new school website, to make the most of their recent rebrand. They have a very unique and beautifully coloured logo, the spirit of which is reflected throughout the very geometry of their bright and brilliant new school website.
Stanwell Fields Primary School, Middlesex
A very strong green and blue colour theme for the new Stanwell Fields‘ Primary School website. The school colours are reflected throughout their branding, so the website is no exception. The site is nice and compact, and doesn’t make visitors scroll too much. The menu and four panels provide everything that a parent, pupil or Ofsted could need to navigate the site and find the most recent and important information. Noticeboards are particularly useful, they allow schools to present informal information without compromising the beauty of the site layout.
Woodmansterne Primary School, Surrey
An even more wonderfully compact site. However, our design for Woodmansterne Primary School utilises diary dates and quick links side slide out tabs to present easy to access information to site visitors.
Perseid School, Merton
Perseid school works with young people, aged 3-19, who have severe and complex learning difficulties and learners with an additional diagnosis of autism and/or physical/sensory difficulties. Given their stapline: “Blazing a trail for outstanding holistic learning”, we thought their website design should reflect their wonderful work and should be equally confident and dynamic.
Canada Hill Primary School, Newton Abbot
Canada Hill liked our West Essex Teaching school website for its simplicity. They wanted to blend that with a traditional feel, and again avoid pop ups and animations. The result is a fantastic school website with full page photos, our social media wall and two introductory panels.
South Suffolk Learning Trust, Colchester
We love providing Trust websites, particularly where we work with the trust to develop a common family design for the schools in the trust. Watch this space as the schools within South Suffolk Learning Trust begin to adopt their colourful, yet formal look.
Lympne Primary School, Hythe
Sometimes, our branding services are also requested. This always results in an even better website. Lympne Primary’s brand new logo, and associated website attests to this. Also, in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced “Lim”. They also have a neat diary and news panel, so both prospective, and current parents are catered for.
Lets have a closer look at the logo design and some of the initial ideas we came up with:
As part of the process we discuss:
- The specific wording you’d like to use
- Any shapes you’d like (e.g. circle, square or shield)
- Colours, themes or elements that are particularly relevant to the school
- Any other logos that you like
We then mockup some concepts, and work up your favourite to a suitable print-ready file which you could give to your printers for stationery, or to your signwriters. We’ll also give you different size JPG versions for use in typical desktop software, and of course your lovely new website.
Have you been thinking about your school’s identity? Do you feel it’s a little lost in a bland website design? We would love to apply our expertise to tease out some of your school’s core, principle strengths to shine through on a new website. It’s easy to make an initial enquiry and we can get the ball rolling with a quick chat.