A network of cross-phase schools in Cambridgeshire & Suffolk
The Anglian Gateway Teaching School Alliance (AGTSA) is a truly cross-phase, collaborative alliance, centered in the Bottisham, Burwell and Soham locality of Cambridge and working North/North East into Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
Established in April 2013, AGTSA is a growing network of schools from a widespread area, representing every phase of the education system, from early years to year 13.
The primary aim for this project was to design and build a dedicated website for AGTSA. Bottisham Village College, Swaffham Bullbeck C of E Primary School and Ditton Lodge Primary School, have been appointed the status of Teaching Schools Alliance.
Collectively, the three schools are responsible for:
The site needed to be informative regarding the scheme, with the primary objective being to promote the events or courses available and to encourage teaching staff to book themselves onto these events.
To ensure the site works as effectively as possible for AGTSA and the schools involved, the three key aims for the site were to provide details of the high quality education events and courses, ensure the site meets local needs for education providers and offer an informative and resourceful website to encourage bookings.
To meet these objectives, Studio 24 had to design a simple to navigate website. A key requirement in terms of functionality was to incorporate a bespoke event listing area where users view available courses and events, before booking a place to attend. Once a course has been booked by a user, they then gain access to specific resources (documents and PDF’s) that are relevant to their course only.
The system utilises the CMS ExpressionEngine to allow AGTSA to update, add or remove events and the relevant documents. The CMS also controls what each user can access.
This simple to use format and the user friendly site structure, is aimed at providing AGTSA with a high uptake on the course bookings and attendants. The site will then become a gateway to a huge revenue generator for the school.