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Nothing short of iconic, Charterhouse is one of the great historic independent schools of England steeped with fascinating history and outstanding academic excellence. Home to 820 pupils from around the globe, the school has created a website that covers all its communication and branding needs. Determined to use the website platform’s technology to its full potential, the school takes advantage of a secure Parent Portal enabling parents to log-in to view specific content relevant to their children – from reports and grades to examination information to essential documents and policies. In addition, the site also houses a dedicated Parents’ Area with a clear and easy-to-navigate grid layout linking to the most popular areas for parents. The school’s impressive Video Gallery gives an impeccable insight into school life and its educational principles, with engaging and excellently produced video content, essential in engaging their prospective and existing parents.
IST is an independent, private, not-for-profit day school located on two campuses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. IST offers rigorous academic programs coupled with a wide range of extra-curricular activities serving close to 900 students from age 3 to grade 12. Their redesign capitalized on Finalsite theme sites, and does a great job utilizing the colors and shape of the logo to create a very coherent design. The quick links provide visitors with easy access to key pages, while the interior pages do a great job using tabs and other design elements to make it easy to process information. A good combination of text and images enable visitors to quickly get a feel for the school.
Alongside “quality teaching, small classes, and an inspired curriculum “, Mentone Girls’ Grammar boasts a spectacular Victorian beachfront location and a 6000-strong community of current pupils and ‘Old Girls’. The school’s vivid red colours shine on the homepage, which dazzles with its fixed photo backdrop and highly visual grid layout featuring quick-linked event and news boxes. Social media plays a key role in the Mentone community, with featured posts on the homepage and links in the footer, which also offers user-friendliness for the prospective parent through its ‘Enquire’, ‘Apply’, ‘Contact’ buttons. A combination of professional and in-house photography give the visitor a good sense of Mentone life, while Alumni and Parent portals add personalised focus to the existing school community.
Drawing in on its 400th anniversary, steeped in history, prestige and academic excellence, it is no wonder that Dulwich College remains a popular global choice. Offering learning from the very outset at 6 months in their ‘Ducks’ kindergarten, through to A-Levels in the senior college, Dulwich’s website is clearly navigable into the three different age categories of the school, each colour-branded. An extensive Alumni dropdown also gives the visitor a flavour of life after school for ‘Old Alleynians’. Winner of a Gold Hermes Creative Award, this refreshingly designed site’s subtle sticky header, multimedia visuals, and simple, elegant layouts beautifully exhibit life at the South London campus, and make for an exciting, vibrant user experience. Featuring quick-link driven pages and best practices throughout, it’s easy to find your way to the many facets of school life and beyond at this world-renowned institution.
“Outward-looking and forward-thinking”, Frensham focuses on the girls’ boarding experience and prides itself on “moving beyond traditional structures and breaking new ground for Australian schools”, and the website powerfully assists in conveying this ethos. The homepage pulls the visitor in, its slideshow filtered with the school’s brilliant purple colour, and featuring an exciting array of quick-linked news boxes. The site’s header features a full-screen and beautifully divided drop-down navigation, while an aerial-photographed campus map serves as the site’s sticky footer, giving a good feel for the school’s rural surroundings. The ‘Girls Say, Parents Say, Teachers Say’ testimonials provide refreshing insight into school life, further assisted by social media links to online Frensham community spaces.
With over 900 pupils and counting, Dubai College has been a fast-growing international school since its royal inception in 1978. Continuously rated as “outstanding” by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, its website features some stunning forward-thinking design and layouts. The homepage breaks ground with its adjustable sliding scales attached to different areas of interest within the school; the visitor then clicking the custom ’start’ icon to begin their personalised journey into the site. On the interior pages, the Flickr-linked sticky footer and variety of social elements demonstrate the school’s engagement with the community and overall marketing-mindedness. Exceptional use of best practice assets and infographics combined with slick high-resolution photography and visuals create a very strongly branded site.
Esol Education, a Finalsite partner for over a decade, specialiaes in the establishment and management of high-quality international schools around the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, with branch offices in Hong Kong, Cairo, and Nicosia, Esol Education currently serves over 10,000 students, operating a total of nine international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Nicosia, and Aley. Visitors to the group website learn about their focus on attaining the highest standards of educational excellence and convey their ethos and atmosphere.Visitors can also visit each school’s site which showcases amazing photographs, infographics, and call-to-actions to engage even further.
Renowned for excellence and for preparing its boys with a clear and structured, values-based education, the Dulwich Prep website has an innovative design and includes a unique metro grid layout mirroring the school’s ethos and supportive learning environment. Any visitor to the site can navigate easily and instantly connect with the school’s exceptional education principles. With a clear understanding of the importance of vibrant, mobile-first design, the grid layout lends itself perfectly to remote access ensuring existing and prospective parents and stakeholders can view and navigate the site across any device and still experience the school’s intended sense of branding. Nothing speaks to your audience more than visuals and Dulwich excels at leading their visitors with a compelling photo-driven menu and related page quick links throughout the site.
Offering all three age-grouped IB programmes and boasting over 30 different nationalities among their pupils, GEMS Switzerland is part of the larger, global GEMS Education Network offering a truly international learning experience. A winner of the Communicator Award, the website uses candid slideshows, bold branding, custom infographics and a quicklink-driven homepage to create an informative and dynamic visitor experience. The enquiry-focused header and clearly set search elements allow for a user-friendly aspect for prospective parents, while the grid drop-down sets up a seamless navigation through the site. The interior pages are also made engaging and colourful through side banner testimonials, a range of content formats and wide use of multimedia.
With over 600 pupils from 3 to 18 years including boarders and a diverse international community, the school commits to providing a secure and culturally diverse family atmosphere, where each pupil can attain their personal best academically. St Lawrence College prides itself on its safe, spacious surroundings as well as its cutting-edge facilities and architecture, which exist alongside the more traditional and late nineteenth century buildings. The website too is a seamless hybrid of tradition and modernity with a design and navigation that meets the needs of its diverse visitors.
Taking care not to disturb a clean visitor journey, St Lawrence takes advantage of a non-intrusive, collapsible notice, which blends into the homepage delivering essential prompts whilst respecting the visitor’s purpose. One of its most striking and innovative features is its branded Google map tour, which displays local landmarks and airports for international families. The school identified the value of designing Senior and Junior landing pages with engaging and tailored content in the form of fast facts and statistics. Attuned to the day-to-day needs of parent visitors the school created a dedicated Parents Resources Hub providing a quick and easy place for parents to find their most sought-after content.
Marymount International School Rome is a private, Catholic, co-educational day school founded in 1946 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and is home to over 650 students from age 2 through grade 12. Their mission, to develop students who are capable, honest, and respectful, is reflected throughout their website. When landing on their homepage, visitors are immediately engaged by video footage showcasing the beautiful campus as well as engaged students and successful alumni. Icons are displayed throughout the site to enable visitors to enquire, visit and apply.
One of Britain’s most prestigious schools encapsulating tradition, global recognition and a pioneering education, Harrow School’s ethos is “to measure success not by grades but by one’s influence on the world”.
To experience Harrow is to see Harrow, and thus the interactive map reveals the school’s outstanding grounds, and features each of the Boarding Houses along with a short introduction of the Housemasters. With inspiration being at the core of Harrow, its distinctive alumni page promotes some of its famous former pupils, taking emotional engagement to a new level by showcasing biographical profiles that also reveal a childhood photo of their time at Harrow. Aware of the interest in Harrow’s legacy, the school created a dedicated page to the Old Speech Room Gallery, appealing to academics and members of the public who are interested in the rich history of the school.
The task of designing a website to reflect the vast qualities and unique intricacies of this school is not one to be underestimated and Harrow excels at creating visually attractive and interactive quick links to help steer their visitors seamlessly.
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