New website for Tees Valley Education Teaching School Alliance

We recently launched a new website for Tees Valley Education Teaching School Alliance. Built using our bespoke education CMS platform, the site has had great feedback from staff. The Teaching Alliance was launched earlier in the year, with a newly established team managing a number of areas of teacher support.

The website promotes a growing list of events and workshops and also has a login area where over 200 teachers already have access to. This is for charing files and good practise in clearly categorised areas.

We look forward to forming a long-term relationship with the Teaching School Alliance.

Hartlepool Sixth Form Prospectus

Academy Creative have been working with Hartlepool Sixth Form College for a number of years supporting a wide range of marketing activities. The main print job with the College each year is the annual prospectus. This years is a fresh, modern design with an embossed print on the front colour. We were delighted with the final product and the College have had excellent feedback from students and parents at their recent open evenings.

You can view the prospectus online at the link attached. 

Custom CMS to reduce school admin

We are often asked what makes our school websites stand out from the rest? Whilst we take great pride in the custom designs we offer schools, the area we have invested most of our time in has been our bespoke CMS system.

We understand that school resources can be quite stretched which means administration tasks need to be as easy as possible. Our system is built very much with this in mind, implementing a carefully designed user interface. Schools can have multiple logins, with varying levels of admin rights.

Over the years many agencies have relied on WordPress as the ‘go-to’ CMS system. We used to do this ourselves. They can offer many different widgets and plugins which can work for some businesses. What they don’t do is create a solution bespoke to a target audience, in this case the education sector.

Before spending close to 12 months developing our system, we carried out a wide range of research on school websites. This included speaking to students, teachers and parents. We wanted to find out what each group wanted from the website and how we could help use the most modern technology to make their life easy.

School staff said they wanted a clear dashboard where they could find sections easily and not worry about breaking anything.

We are based in the North East but work with schools across UK and Ireland. We are more than happy to visit your school to give a live demonstration of the CMS system and show how the website would look with your school branding.

Contact us on 01642 955681 for more information or email team@academycreative.co.uk

Nursery School Website Platform

Last year we successfully launched our school website platform which has proved a big hit with those operating in the education sector. We are now in a position to roll this service out to nursery schools.

The main benefit to our website system is an easy to use admin system which is built to make updating the website as simple as possible. We understand not every nursery school will have dedicated IT support and the websites are built with this in mind.

The aim of our pricing model is to provide you with the highest level of customer support. The monthly payments include all of your website hosting, ongoing support, training and updates. Technology can constantly evolve, with our subscription sites we will be providing updates to sites on an on going basis meaning there is no need to worry about your nursery school website becoming dated.

We are happy to visit your nursery school to show you how the platform works and talk through your needs.

Pricing for a new nursery school website is £500 + VAT set up fee followed by monthly payments of £75 + VAT.

Contact team@acdemycreative.co.uk for more information.

Senior Developer role with Academy Creative

In April 2015 ​we launched Academy Creative​, ​an exciting new​ ​brand ​operating extensively in the eduction sector​​.​ The interest and growth of Academy Creative has created the need for us to build the core team, so we are now looking to employ a full time senior developer to head up the development team and provide insight on all things digital.​

​The role will focus on the web, primarily the LAMP and LEMP stack; so expertise in this area is essential. The ideal candidate will have a strong development background, with experience in the provision (and administration) of a dedicated linux hosting infrastructure. Familiarity with virtualised and cloud based infrastructures is also required.

You will be working alongside a team with years of experience in an open and relaxed environment where you’ll be able to drive projects forward, while also developing junior members of the team and supporting our growing business development. While prior management experience is not essential, you will be expected to shape and manage the development team to meet the needs of the business.

What are we looking for academically?

​- ​4​ or more​​ years​ ​experience in​ ​​a web development role
​- ​A degree level qualification in a relevant discipline

​And professionally?​

​- ​A proven track record working with web technologies
​- A creative thinker with good communication
– The ability to create and maintain project specifications and supporting documentation
– A proven track record managing and meeting project deadlines
– The ability to support existing web based projects
– The drive to monitor and maintain quality in all digital media produced

What kind of technology do we use at the minute?

​​- On the front end we tend to use HTML5, CSS, jQuery​ and bootstrap​
​- On the back end ​we tend to use ​​MySQL, PHP​, Laravel​
​- Our creative team use Adobe Creative Suite​
​- We work on Mac’s and store everything ​GIT

We’re offering a starting salary of up to £30​k​pa for the right candidate. ​If you you’ve got the skills but lack something specific in the above, ​thats not the end of the world​ and we won’t be offended so please feel free to apply.

Email team@academycreative with your up to date CV.

Trio of new websites to start 2017

January has been a busy month at Academy Creative HQ in Stockton. In the past week three new school websites have been launched on our bespoke primary school website platform. Errington Primary, Wheatlands Primary and St Bedes Academy have all been added to the new system which is aimed to provide staff with an easy to use system whilst also looking great.

If your school could benefit from a new website please get in touch on team@academycreative.co.uk or 01642 655681. We are more than happy to visit schools to show you live demonstrations on how the site works.

Landmark Teaching Alliance Conference

It was great to be invited along to the Landmark Teaching Alliance conference today. The group sees a number of schools in Redcar and East Cleveland come together to help each other through partnership.

We presented to the school heads our new primary school website platform, demonstrating the ease of use for staff and the different designs we have available.

We have a number of school marketing workshops planned at Academy Creative HQ in Stockton which we will be circulating dates in the coming weeks.

Improved Navigation Feature

Feedback we had from schools in the past was that the navigation was crucial to the success of the website. With this in mind we wanted to create a clear navigation system which would keep the front-end user happy as they browsed the site.

Integral to this is the drop down menu. In our v1 websites this was a full page width navigation, moving away from the traditional one column drop down.

The next phase was to improve this further, by creating sub-sections within the drop down. We understand the need for schools to publish lots of information and by adding this feature this can be done with the look and feel and of the site uncompromised.

The designers of the future!

You may have heard someone in the office say “that looks like it has been designed by a ten year old.” Whilst we have never had that feedback from any of our work (!) it might be something we start to hear more of.

During the summer term our design team will be working with a special group of interns at St Bedes Primary Academy in Marske. As part of our ‘design in the community’ programme, we will be delivering sessions on graphic design to students.

We will talk through the design process to the students before helping them create their own brands. We will then take their artwork and create digital logos with mockups on various types of media.

If your school is looking for some project-based learning we are more than happy to run something similar. Please contact us for more information.

Special offer for the summer term!

With the summer term in full swing, you may have started to think about your marketing plans for the 2016/17 school year. If a new website is high on your agenda, we are currently offering considerable savings to those who sign up for a new website before the end of July 2016.

You can save 50% on our usual set up fee, meaning you will have to pay just £250 upfront for your new website. Our sites are packed full with features, all aimed at saving you a considerable amount of admin time and improving how you communicate as a school. All of our sites are built with Ofsted requirements in mind, and ensure you meet the standards they set.

We provide full training on the websites to your staff to ensure you get the most from the site.

We are happy to visit you to run through how the sites work. Contact us today on 01642 955681 to find out more.