Website of the Week – Brunswick Primary School, Brighton

By Cieran Douglass | Published:

One of our Primary Website Consultants always talks about the importance of being able to “read” school websites. What can you tell about the school’s location, situation and ethos just from looking at the design and layout of the frontpage of a website. When the notification came through that Brunswick had gone live, I clicked through and instantly I knew this was a school from Brighton – and proud of it. The iconic pebble beach, the sea lapping at the footer of the page, the regency promenade and buildings – it’s Brighton through and through.

This is a great example of a bespoke theme truly reflecting the uniqueness of every school out there. This is no one-size-fits-all, slightly-modified theme we’ve slapped onto a template, this is a theme where care has clearly gone into what the school wants and needs, and this is really reflected in the design.

Part of what has made this site so unique is the circumstances of its formation – Brunswick is a brand new Primary school, combining the previous Davidgor Infants and Somerhill Primary schools – both Webanywhere customers. This has meant that we’ve been able to start with a fresh slate, creating something from the ground up, with new content and ethos.

Another thing you might notice if you view the website (and not just the static image up top) is its animated portions. These subtle accents, done using HTML5 rather than animated GIFs, comprise the children in the image waving and a seagull flying overhead in another nod to the school’s maritime location.Too often animation looks tacky, but here it’s actually used to pretty good effect! Additionally, hover your mouse over the streetlights to see the menu items illuminated.

Overall, a great website and we look forward to many years working together with Brunswick!

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