Woodkirk Academy - A well established, fully comprehensive, co-educational 11-19 maintained Academy. They needed a new website which was simple to update and worked on mobile.

The Brief

Woodkirk Academy is a well established, fully comprehensive, co-educational 11-19 maintained Academy. They needed a new website which was simple to update and worked on mobile. The previous website only worked on desktop computers and didn't reflect the full vision of the school. Additionally, it was very difficult for staff to update the website which meant it didn't reflect all the activity within the school.

The new website would have to be modern in look and feel whilst accommodating an increasingly mobile-centric audience. The staff would also need a simple but powerful system for updating the website. They wanted to manage pages, news articles, a calendar and be able to upload files without needing external support.

The Design

The design team started by analysing the school's existing marketing materials and the physical attributes of the school site itself. The school's signature hexagonal symbol appears in both offline marketing material and is also used as part of the physical design of the building.

Taking this as a starting point the team built a web identity that draw on this shape and incorporated it into various design elements of the site. The team also designed responsively so the website would work across desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The Technology

To make the website easy to update and manage we turned to our content and communications platform, Nucleus. Nucleus makes it easy for multiple members of Woodkirk staff to work on the website together, change pages, upload images, upload files and manage news and events.

The development team used responsive web technology which means the website content dynamically resizes to be correctly displayed on desktop, tablet and mobile devices without any extra work from Woodkirk staff.

Calls9 Nucleus is built on a cloud platform which means it is high performance and all information is backed-up daily. This is particularly useful for Woodkirk because the website is visited by thousands of people each week.

The Results

The new website is more visually compelling due to the new design. It emphasises the vision and values of the website whilst making a wealth of information accessible to current and potential parents and students

The responsive technology means that more people on more platforms and devices can have a great experience when using the website. Using Nucleus to power the website means Woodkirk staff have a powerful yet simple-to-use tool to promote the school and engage current students.

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