Bespoke education websites: Does your website stand out from the crowd?

Happy Giraffe has over sixteen years’ experience working within the education sector and, having successfully designed and created many bespoke websites for state schools, multi-academy trusts, further education and private education, we guarantee you’re in safe hands. Client satisfaction is at the forefront of everything we do, add this customer focus to our digital expertise and it’s no surprise that countless clients choose Happy Giraffe.

Shireland Tech

Artwork for Shireland Primary Academy

Why work with us

  • We have over 16 years experience working with the education sector
  • All our websites have creative bespoke design
  • We ensure websites are Ofsted compliant
  • We are a bunch of down-to-earth, happy people.

Who we work with

State Schools

Academies

Further Education

Private Education

THINK

It’s so important for your school to tell a story, therefore, it’s essential for us to discover and reveal your history and uniqueness. We help by:

  • Conducting workshops to develop an in-depth understanding of your background, your objectives, your stakeholders, your school, its ethos and how you want users to interact with your site.
  • Carrying out desk research to understand your competitors, your audience and help elevate your school.  
Think with Happy Giraffe
Create with Happy Giraffe

CREATE

We translate your brand and marketing messages online using strong creative and digital techniques. This is integral to bring your ethos to life:  

  • We don’t use templates; we create bespoke WordPress themes which ensure your website stands out from the crowd. We know that no two schools are the same, so why would their websites be?  
  • We can include tailored features, such as school event calendars, online application forms connected to payment gateways and customer relationship management (CRM) systems etc.
  • Photography is an integral part of a successful website. We source photographers, create briefs and manage photo shoots whilst ensuring you are GDPR compliant.
Create with Happy Giraffe

DELIVER

This is where we carry out the build of your website and ensure that everything runs smoothly before launch:

  • We work with you to guarantee you’re Ofsted compliant.  We will carry out an audit and complete a checklist, crossing the i’s and dotting the t’s to be doubly sure that all requirements are met.
  • We provide expert CMS training to ensure that you are confident in managing our easy to use WordPress system and provide bespoke CMS manuals.
  • We deal with all the technicalities, so you don’t need to worry about things like hosting, DNS settings, domain purchase and security certificates.
  • We also offer ongoing support and maintenance contracts looking after technical upgrades, content upload and management, so you can rest easy.
Deliver with Happy Giraffe

Our education project partners

Spotlight on one of Happy Giraffe's education WordPress projects

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Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust is a family of schools aiming to develop articulate, resilient and ambitious students, regardless of background, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to excel in modern Britain. With over 3000 students across 4 different communities in Birmingham, the Trust needed 6 new websites to reflect the Trust’s aim and values whilst retaining the individual identities of the schools and reflecting the interactive and informative environments that the academies provide. Utilising each school’s separate colour palette as a key differentiator, we focused on creating graphical elements using shapes from the logos in each of the school’s colours and brought each school’s site to life by adding animation and parallax scroll to each of the sites. All sites were designed for the user, fully optimised and scalable and are both informative and engaging for parents, staff, kids and the community.  We used WordPress for the content management system (CMS), creating a bespoke and responsive theme. All templates in the back-end were designed in a way that the client was able to add as much or little content now or in the future. We strive to provide a solution that is future proofed for our clients. We are on hand to help at any point after the launch of a project, but we also enjoy seeing how easy a client can take control and continue to evolve their site.

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A testimonial for Happy Giraffe web design and development

Following recommendations and research, in June 2017 Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust selected Happy Giraffe to design and launch six new websites for the Trust. Sian Williams, Digital Account Manager was assigned as our main point of contact. Taking into consideration our initial brief, she and the team at Happy Giraffe worked tirelessly over a four-month period to ensure that our needs were met, offering guidance and suggestions where requested or necessary. Sian’s communication was always professional and friendly; response times were efficient, and queries always answered. Following the launch of the sites, the numerous queries that were raised from various individuals though-out our Trust were responded too and further addressed in user friendly training sessions that took place on site. From my personal experience, I would not hesitate in recommending Happy Giraffe’s services.

Simone Gannon - PA to the CEO & Communications Lead

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust

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