Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

Website design and build

About Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

The Rodillian Multi Academy Trust was established in 2014, and is a developing group of schools in the Yorkshire region. They have achieved accolades for their innovative, results-driven strategies, and have a track record of transforming underperforming schools.

The Brief

Rodillian MAT approached us as they wanted to update their existing website. It was looking a little outdated, and they wanted a modern and professional solution that would offer an improved user experience for visitors. The Trust's website needed to attract prospective teachers, as well as other schools wishing to become part of the Rodillian family. It also acts as the main repository for all vacancies and policies across the Trust's five schools, as well as hosting resources for governors.

We had worked on a number of other projects for the likes of Trinity Academy and Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College previously, and had plenty of experience in creating websites that appealed to stakeholders within the educational sector.

What we did

Rodillian MAT already had a strong brand identity, with a clear idea about the tone in which they wished to be portrayed – one that matched their own values. Amy, our designer, expanded the visual side of their brand by taking their logo and developing a style guide and colour scheme for the website, and we wrote new copy for the site to provide additional information, improve user journeys, and strengthen search engine optimisation.

We also had access to a rich library of images and videos from the academies, which added to the overall look and feel of the site, and created subtle animations to bring the design to life. This was a responsive web design, which means mobile users can enjoy the same experience.

As Rodillian MAT's site had to accommodate multiple stakeholders' user journeys, we dedicated time to developing a site plan that would aid navigation and help individuals access information important to them.

Additionally, some of the content on the Trust site needed to feed through to each of the academies' websites. This was a legacy function of the old site that had to continue to work, so we worked closely with the client's IT teams to ensure smooth integration.

The school were obviously keen that this site be completely secure and easy to update. We chose WordPress as the framework for this, and adapted the CMS, stripping back the options to allow different users distinct levels of access.

We provided full training for staff to use the site's CMS, and are providing ongoing support. The easy-to-use news sections mean that it's straightforward for this site to be updated regularly.

The Future

Having successfully completed the development of the Trust website, we are working closely with Rodillian MAT on ongoing maintenance, and will be assisting with the future development of their individual academy websites.