A bright and fun design for a school's information-rich site
Sacks Morasha is a welcoming modern orthodox voluntary aided Jewish primary school situated in Finchley, North London. They needed an entirely refreshed redesign and rebuild of their website, built on WordPress rather than their previous CMS, which would be easy to navigate, mobile responsive, immensely straightforward for staff to update, and with a vibrant, eye-catching look and feel. We worked with events and marketing consultancy The Business Narrative, who managed the project and handled content structure and strategy.
The bright and fun design echoes not only the shades of blue in the school’s logo but also the spectrum of colours used in their SMART values, which permeate all parts of school life and help create a community of happy and confident children. There are full-width colour photographs of the pupils, staff and school interior across the top of almost every page, all giving a further sense of the Sacks Morasha community. Importantly, the site reflects the school’s Jewish identity via the use of both Hebrew and English text in the main navigation as well as other significant areas.
Apart from the main site, we also designed and built two password-protected private sites hosted on subdomains – one for parents to access school documentation and notices, and the other for staff.
School sites frequently contain a lot of informational material that requires more than just basic text entry within WordPress, and Sacks Morasha‘s site is no exception. It was therefore vital to include Pilcrow + Pixel’s highly bespoke CMS interface, based on Advanced Custom Fields, utilising custom fields and inline instructions. This means the site can be quickly and easily updated by staff members with new content when needed. In addition, many standard pages feature P+P’s customised ‘page builder’ – a system that allows editors to select different types of content, include them with a single click, and then type in their text without having to concern themselves with the finer points of necessary formatting and styling. Training in the system, which included a series of instructive video clips, was provided for selected members of staff.
Pilcrow + Pixel supports and maintains the site via our Website Care Plan and assists with regular content updates. We also host the site and its two subdomains on our servers.
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