Common Mistakes – Statutory School Website Information

The list of statutory information that schools must publish on their website is extensive and was last updated with some significant changes on 5 September 2022.  As a Head Teacher, I always found it a challenging to stay on top of these and ensure my school site was compliant.  Of course, this is really important because OFSTED will thoroughly search your website before making their initial phone call so by the time you know they have been looking, it’s too late to make any changes!  OFSTED aside, this is the go to place for parents to find information so ensuring your website has up-to-date information on and is easy to navigate should save you and your admin team work because parents are able to find what they need on your site.

Having looked at literally hundreds of school websites, we have written this post to show some of the common mistakes we commonly find on school sites which should hopefully help you identify any potential issues with your site and then tweak as necessary.  

Table of Contents

Contact details

  • Not having a named person who deals with queries from the public and just having “School Office” or something similar.
  • Not having contact details for your SENDCo

School uniform (new section)

  • Not clearly stating if each item is optional or compulsory.
  • Not clearly stating if an item is seasonal
  • Not clearly stating if generic items are accepted or if they have to be branded
  • Not clearly stating whether items can be bought from a range of places like supermarkets or if second hand uniform is available (via your PTA etc)

Exam and assessment results

  • Not clearly marking the 2018 – 2019 as “not current”.  This is important as primary schools still must display their 2018/19 data!

School Opening Hours (new section)

  • Not displaying a total hours figure for the week
  • Not explaining what times are optional and which are compulsory (e.g. a window for pupils to arrive in the morning perhaps)

Curriculum

  • Not explaining how parents or members of the public can find out more about the curriculum.
  • Not explaining how over time you will increase the extent to which disabled pupils participate in the school’s curriculum, as part of your school’s accessibility plan.

Pupil premium

  • Not having information on the effect of the expenditure on pupils for the previous academic year.

Public Sector Equality Duty

  • Not explaining how you comply with the requirements in the public sector equality duty or not updating these within the last 12 months

Governors’ Information and Duties

  • Not including information about how particular governors were appointed.

Financial Information

  • Not having a statement about staff with a gross salary exceeding £100,000 (even if there are none).

Requests for Paper Copies

  • Not having a statement explaining that all material on the website is available as a paper copy and how to request this

Download Editable Statutory Requirements Checklist

Our School Website Checklist:

  • Is fully compliant with all statutory requirements
  • Has all the current information including the September 2022 
  • Is fully editable
  • Has a generous area at the bottom of each section for notes or comments
  • Has an index page that navigates to each section
  • Has specific versions for academies or maintained schools to ensure you have everything relevant to your school. 

To download, simply complete the form below and you will be emailed your copy.  

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