Last week ago I shared my list of “10 of the best school websites on Sharepoint”. And the opinion around the office was that the Twynham School Sixth Form website was the most astonishing one (in fact, half a dozen times I was asked by Microsoft colleagues “Are you sure that was done in SharePoint?”).
My colleague, Ben Nunney, who’s an ex-teacher, paid it a massive compliment when he said on Twitter “I know I'm too old to go back to school, but if I could I'd go here - PURELY based on their amazing website”
Mike Herrity from Twynham School talks on his SharePoint in Education blog about all of the things that they’re doing with ICT in his school, and it makes a useful resource if you’re thinking of doing some SharePoint work yourself.
He also wrote a series of short articles about how they have created the Sixth Form site, which were published on his blog. The series actually walks through the whole process, and describes the challenges (including the need to convince the Leadership Team in the school that you can make a good looking site in SharePoint).
If you are in any way involved in using SharePoint in a school, I think it is a must read series, either for you, or for whoever is providing/developing your SharePoint.
How to build a SharePoint website for a school
- Creating school websites with SharePoint part 1: An overview
An overview of the beginning of the project
- Creating school websites with SharePoint part 2: Easy editing of pages
How SharePoint allows school staff to quickly update their website without needing technical skills
- Creating school websites with SharePoint part 3: Creating beautiful ‘non-SharePoint-y’ looking sites
Their design look and feel for www.twynham6thform.com
- Creating school websites with SharePoint part 4: Creating subject portfolios and student rich media
A look at the curriculum subject carousel feature.
- Creating school websites with SharePoint part 5: Using the power of SharePoint lists
A look at how they used SharePoint lists to create forms for requesting a prospectus, booking a place at an Open Morning, or applying for the 6th Form.
The whole series, and a lot of extra detail, is also available in the Twynham School Learning Gateway 2007-2010 ebook