Gaskell Community Primary School

Website of the Month

Gaskell Community Primary School is situated in the centre of Bolton, and its community is made up of children from various different backgrounds. 

We've had a chat with Deputy Headteacher James Cranage to find out about their experience building a school website with Community Brands. 


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Rebranding Gaskell with a Community Brands Website


What were you looking for in a school website?

We were looking for an easy-to-use website that was user-friendly and that we could easily create, manage and update. We wanted an informative and effective website that allows the users to navigate easily around it and locate the information that they require from it.   

How did you find Community Brands, and why did you choose us?

We were an existing client, and we wanted a rebrand. We have a new leadership team with a new vision for the school. We wanted our website to showcase this.  

What was your initial consultation like, and what were your requirements?

Our initial consultation was great. The team listened to what we wanted and suggested options that they thought would work. We wanted a simple grid design website that was easy to navigate and maintain.   

Please describe your involvement throughout the design process.

The process was very collaborative. Our ideas and Community Brands expertise combined to create a product we are extremely happy with.  


How have you found the website's integration with the school app and payments?

We can easily direct the parents and staff to the website for school payments including dinner money, school clubs, trips, staff school dinners, extra-curricular activities, and school residentials.   

Our school newsletters and important information and dates can all be accessed via the school app. Important messages and reminders for parents and staff can be sent via the school app.  


How do your families interact with your website?

Users of our website are greeted with a welcome from our Headteacher and can use it to see our school vision and values. They are able to see the names of each member of staff that work at our school as well as the Governing Body and their roles within it.   


We also have key information on the school day and somewhere for parents to contact us if they need to. We have included a copy of all of our important school policies and information for staff and parents. There is a dedicated section on the website for children where they can access their Virtual Classroom. Other information such as Remote Learning, School Council, Extra Curricular Clubs, and Forest School can also be accessed.   


For parents, we have a section where they can access information about school admissions, attendance, uniform, online safety, newsletters, term dates for the academic year, and school meals/payments. These can be paid for through our website.  


We also have our Before and After School Club advertised on our website where parents can view the activities and food menu. Our website also allows parents to fill out the forms if they require a place at the club.  


We have included a calendar that is updated regularly with important information about the activities that happen throughout the academic year.  


Please sum up your overall experience with Community Brands.


Community Brands have been great from start to finish. The customer service is exceptional, and they always aim to resolve our queries as soon as possible. 

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