Bedales Schools

Bedales is a leading independent day and boarding school based in Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire.  Located in 120 acres of farmland, woods, orchards and playing fields, students still follow John Badley’s ideal of educating ‘head, hand and heart’.

The brief

The old site was launched in 2009 and was based on the design and style of the existing prospectus. Although Bedales continued to receive positive comments about some elements of the design there were underlying issues that called for a new site to be developed. The school required a CMS that provided the flexibility to add custom content, combined with a well considered structure to ensure the site remained well organised over time. The site also needed to cater for mobile and tablet users who were an ever-increasing percentage of total site visitors.

Bedales had a list of new features that they wanted to add to the site and were also looking for some input into how to make themselves stand out online. The school was keen to enter into an ongoing relationship with an agency to provide guidance and support once the site was live.

Finally, the site needed to integrate with the School's calendar system, making it a one-stop-shop for information about the school and the events taking place on-site.

The solution

Oyster delivered a new site for Bedales schools, updating and modernising the design whilst improving the site in terms structure, navigation and functionality. Oyster increased the interactivity of the site, finding ways to build key information into the site design without making it appear cluttered or complicated.

Separate design 'twists' were implemented to give the three school their own identity, which still sitting comfortable within the Beadales brand. These design elements were then translated onto the school prospectus and other materials to give a consistent look and feel across all their marketing.

The site was built using Drupal CMS framework which provides simple yet extensive management of the site content with workflow tools to make it possible to share the workload amongst the team. The site was design and built to be responsive, rendering the site's content beautifully across desktops, smartphones and tablets.

The site integrates with Bedales' other third party systems, improving the team's productivity and removing task duplication.

Bedales Schools
Year 2014
Categories: 
Design, User Experience, Technology.
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools
Bedales Schools