Creating school websites with SharePoint part 1
During 2008 and 2009 we have moved beyond the creation of internal Learning Gateways to the creation of external anonymous access websites. The first project was our main school website which was being redesigned in the summer of 2008. Moving the site into our SharePoint set up was a big challenge but the benefits for many schools are clear as they can save in hosting costs. More importantly moving websites into SharePoint allows them to be updated by chosen end users without the need for developers. As soon as the design was completed by an external team our SharePoint team set about creating master pages to produce the website which can be seen below.
The main changes to the website design were aimed to create a much more visual site with a greater use of images. At the same time, with the creation of gateway and in particular the Parent Gateway it was possible to slim the overall content of the site out and move this to the internal gateways. The key change within the school was to move from seeing the website as a place for all information to seeing the website as an extension of our prospectus for future parents and students.
In addition to this the site is the key point of entry to the internal gateways. Staff, students and parents click on their relevant site and are taken to a login page which takes them directly to their personalised page. The website can be found at www.twynhamschool.com
The student zone contains a video tour from current year 7 students for year 6 students to get a feel for what life at Twynham School is like.
Key processes for the school including the admissions process are all made available to parents through the website.