What Should You Include on Your School Website?

One of the primary things OFSTED check prior to a school visit is the school website itself, but what do they want to see exactly?

Here at edu | websites we understand the pressure that comes with keeping a school website up to date with statutory requirements, all whilst keeping it efficient, pleasing and interactive for parents and students alike.

We’ve put together not only a checklist of the requirements from the Department for Education, but a 5-point checklist to make your school website top the rest!

Department for Education Requirements

  • School contact details including; school name, address and telephone number
  • A statement of your school’s values and ethos.
  • Admission arrangements and how parents can find out about these arrangements through their local authority.
  • A copy of the most recent OFSTED report, or a link to where it can be found.
  • Exam and assessment results shown as a percentage and a link to Department for Education school performance tables website.
  • Behaviour policy and charging and remissions policy.
  • Information and roles on your school’s governors.
  • The content of your school’s curriculum for each academic year and subject.
  • Special education needs (SEN) report including; admission arrangements, access facilities and steps that are taken to prevent pupils with SEN from being treated less favourably than other pupils.
  • Premium funding information including; any funding for pupils, literacy and numeracy, P.E and sports and how this funding will be spent.

You can see the full list of what you must include here.

Did you also know that if a parent or another person is to ask for a printed copy of the information that is available on the website, this is to be given for free?

5 Things to Make your School Website Top the Rest!

  • Review your website regularly to make sure it’s up to date with the most recent regulations set by the Department for Education.
  • A modern, functional and responsive design that is unique to your school goes a long way, making it attractive and easier for parents to find the information they need.
  • A news page including articles on what children have been up to and what events have taken place at the school. (Click here to see how to write a perfect news post!)
  • Up to date school calendar to show key dates of when and where trips, events, non-uniform days and extra-curricular activities take place.
  • Gallery to show children’s work, trips, fundraisers and any other extra-curricular activities.

To talk to us about your school’s website, just give us a call or fill in our enquiry form.