Committed to creating great work that really benefits your school, delivered on time and on budget
Our overriding ethos is to make working with Hive a collaboration with your school. Realising your ideas through a working partnership, with help and guidance through the entire process.
Please look through some projects in our portfolio and get in touch; we'd love to hear from you.
In the ever changing world of education, we can help make sure your website has all necessary information required by OFSTED. From essential information such as admission arrangements, pupil premiums and performance tables to desirable information such as downloadable permission slips and galleries of pupils' work, we can help you to create a complete and easy to navigate website.
Responsive Website Design
Sites which are fully compatible for mobile often have responsive layouts which means the design adjusts to fit any screen shape and size, so one site fits all across desktop, mobile and tablets.
Unless your site is responsive, you would need multiple versions of the site to fit every device because there are lots of screen sizes and orientations.
If you don't have the time resources to keep your website updated yourself, we also offer a 'housekeeping' service.
Hive will update your site to an agreed timescale with any news, documents and images you require.
Analytics, SEO & Accessibility
Google Analytics will be added to your site as standard so that you can access useful statistics about the use of your site, such as number of visitors etc.
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
To help your site rankings on search engines such as Google, Hive complete the following SEO:
- Assign relevant titles and description to each page for Go Live
- Allow relevant titles and meta tags to be assigned to each page in the CMS
- Code validation and standards compliance.
- W3C Standards:
- for accessibility for those with disabilities
- cross-browser and technology compatibility, including Apple, Microsoft and Android platforms, and browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Content Management System (CMS)
Because Hive create websites that can be managed via a CMS, you will see these benefits:
- The site being under your control
- You are able to update the text and images on the site yourself
- You can keep the site up to date with the latest news and information
- You are able to access the CMS for the site from any location with an internet connection and a supported browser.
- The CMS is username and password protected.
- You have the flexibility to update the site content and even add pages, without the need for further external design and coding expense.
Staff Training for the CMS
The CMS system is quick and simple to use. We supply a training session (no more than an hour is necessary) and an instruction guide as standard.
Hive will fully populate your website with all content, prior to Go Live meaning the initial set-up of your site is all taken care of.
To help with school budgets, we offer stage payments on our websites as standard.
Stage 1 - planning, initial design and design development.
Stage 2 - finalisation of all pages and preparation of files.
Stage 3 - build, testing, launch and CMS training.
- Hive charge no licensing or monthly fees, and there are no hidden costs.
- All costs are based upon the required site map and functionality of the site, which is flexible depending on your individual preferences and requirements.
- Based upon initial discussions, a single, fixed price will be presented for your approval.
We have helped numerous schools with new branding. Whether that's a completely new look or a refresh of an exisiting logo, we work with you to achieve the best image for your school.
Logo refresh or re-design
If your school logo is outdated or you are looking to refresh the image of your school, we can help. We will create a number of unique logo options for you to choose from based upon your requirements, taking into account your school colours and any preferences you have. These will then be refined based upon your feedback, with all designs reflecting the ethos of your school.
We also understand that completely changing a logo can be a huge undertaking for a school so, in circumstances where this is not possible, we can sympathetically 'evolve' your logo. This option gives you an updated image without the need for unnecessary uniform or signage changes.
Once you've chosen your logo we create final artwork. This will be supplied to you in a number of formats so that you can use the new logo within your school documents, letterhead or send to your uniform manufacturer etc.
For some examples please go to the branding section of our portfolio page.
Wall Graphics & Signage
Interior wall graphics
Whether you have a small reading corner that needs a makeover or a whole section of the school that's a blank canvas, we can help.
After an initial site survey we prepare a quote and then work through the process of initial designs to help you decide the look you want. We can cover subjects such as British Values, Healthy Eating, Aspirations, Language Translations, E-Safety and much more. From your feedback we'll make any amendments needed, run your chosen route across all areas and visualise these on images of your walls so you can get a real feel for how the finished designs will look. We then create finished artwork and oversee the print and on-site installation.
If you've had a logo change or inherited some old, out of date signage we have a huge amount of experience with designing, supplying and installing school signs. These can be bespoke shapes, wall attached or stand alone: whatever suits your needs.
For some examples please go to the wall graphics & signage section of our portfolio page.
From your school website to your prospectus, leaflets and banners, having professional images can make a huge difference to the way your school is perceived both internally and externally. We produce vibrant and expressive images capturing your pupils and school environment in a really positive light.
All our shoots are aimed to cause the minimum of disruption to the school day and our highly experienced photographers and art director will ensure that pupils (and staff!) are at ease in front of the camera.
Once we've captured the images, we colour correct and complete any re-touching necessary. We then create a PDF contact sheet for easy reference to the shots and supply you with the high-res images on disc for future use.
For some examples please go to the photography section of our portfolio page.