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Standards compliance


Valid XHTML 1.0 TransitionalValid CSS!

The site uses valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2 throughout.

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Level A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

All pages within the site comply with the WAI WCAG Priority 1 checkpoints. Many Priority 2 & 3 guidelines have also been followed in the creation of this website.


Accesskeys allow users to navigate through the main pages and content of a site without needing to use a mouse. The accesskeys for this site are:

  • S - Skip to main content
  • F - Text entry field for site search
  • 0 - Accessibility Information
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - About Us page
  • 3 - Pupils page
  • 4 - Parents page
  • 5 - Teachers page
  • 6 - Volunteers page
  • 7 - Partners page
  • 8 - Employers page
  • R - Reports page
  • L - Links page
  • C - Contact Us page

To use the accesskeys, press the “Alt” button (on Windows) or the “Ctrl” button (on a Mac) at the same time as the relevant accesskey.

Navigation and links


The menus on the site do not use JavaScript, ensuring that all pages are navigable if it is disabled.

Opening links

Links within the main content of the site are clearly identified with as underlined text.

Text & Images

Use of text

Where possible, and without compromising design, text has been used instead of images on this website. Navigation, page titles, headings, links and other elements have been created using accessible html text.

Text Size

To allow full user control over how text appears on screen, this site has been created using relative text sizes.


All content images include descriptive ALT text attributes.

Contrast and colour


The site has been tested to ensure that pages provide sufficient contrast when viewed by users with colour blindness, or when viewed on a monochrome screen.


No information is conveyed through colour alone.


Big School and Beyond interactive Who Are You? interactive What's Next interactive

The interactives require the latest version of Flash Player.