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Statutory Requirements for School Websites

Updated December 2016

Maintained schools are required to publish certain information online – which in practice means you must have a school website. The guidelines below are designed to help maintained schools ensure that the information on their websites will satisfy Ofsted's requirements.

If you’re an academy or free school, you need to check your funding agreement to find out what you should publish on your website.

The DfE has provided an up-to-date list of all the information to be published on the website of a maintained school:

Amendments for 1st September 2016

The following changes are set out in Statutory Instrument 2016 451 at:

From 1st September 2016 schools should provide the following information:

Keystage 2 Results
  1. percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics;
  2. average progress in reading;
  3. average progress in writing;
  4. average progress in mathematics;
  5. percentage of pupils achieving a high level of attainment in reading, writing and mathematics;
  6. average scaled score in reading;
  7. average scaled score in mathematics.
Keystage 4 Results
  1. progress 8 score;
  2. attainment 8 score;
  3. percentage of pupils achieving a good pass in English and mathematics; and
  4. percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.
Pupil Premium Grant

As well as publishing the amount of their allocation from the pupil premium grant, maintained schools will be required to publish their pupil premium strategy online. It should give details about how they intend to spend their allocation to address barriers to learning and the rationale and evidence behind the school’s decisions.

Academies and free schools may not be required by their funding agreement to publish their pupil premium strategy online, but are encouraged to do so in the interests of sharing their practice.

"In respect of the school’s pupil allocation of Pupil Premium Grant (“the pupil premium allocation”)

  1. for the previous academic year—
    1. how the pupil premium allocation was spent; and
    2. the impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupils; and
  2. a statement as to the school’s strategy in respect of the pupil premium allocation for the current academic year (“pupil premium strategy”)—
    1. the amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation;
    2. a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school;
    3. how the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach;
    4. how the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation; and
    5. the date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy."
Complaint Procedures

Schools will be required to publish their Compaint Procedures

16 to 18 Results

This should be published under the following categories—

  1. progress;
  2. attainment;
  3. English and mathematics progress;
  4. retention;
  5. destinations.

Preparing for Ofsted

The following extract from the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook shows what information the lead inspector will analyse to develop an initial picture of the school’s performance when preparing for an inspection.

"information on the school’s website, including its statement on the use of the pupil premium, in primary schools the PE and sport premium, the statutory sharing with parents of curriculum information (so the lead inspector can start to assess the breadth and balance of the school’s curriculum and whether it is likely to promote preparation for and an appreciation of life in modern Britain), the special educational needs (SEN) information report, the presence and suitability of the safeguarding guidance, taking into account current government requirements, information about the promotion of equality of opportunity and other information for parents"

Governors' Details


  • the structure and remit of the governing body and any committees

For each governor and associate member who has served at any point over the last 12 months:

  • their full name;
  • date of appointment;
  • term of office;
  • date they stepped down (where applicable);
  • who appointed them (in accordance with the Instrument of Government);
    relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:
  • governance role in any other school/college
  • any material interests arising from relationships between governors, or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives);
  • their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings, over the last academic year.

For associate members – their voting rights (if any) on committees to which they have been appointed.

How can the School Website Support Service Help you Meet the Statutory Requirements?

The School Website Support Service has been building and developing school websites in Hertfordshire for
more than ten years and offer a range of support packages to meet the website needs of all schools and

  • Web maintenance: £60 / hour
  • Half day visit: £200
  • Phone support contract: £100 / year

If you already subscribe to the Advanced Website Support Contract (£400 / year) we will be able to make any necessary changes for you as part of the contract.

The School Website Support Service is the 1st choice for Hertfordshire schools because:

  • we are experienced in building clear and concise websites specifically designed for schools
  • we build the website in partnership with you on your school premises, saving time and ensuring it meets your needs
  • we can simplify your existing website and make it easier for users to navigate and simpler for administrators to maintain
  • we deliver website maintenance training so you have the skills to handle ongoing updating in-school
  • we offer a choice of support packages to meet your requirements
  • we offer website support packages ranging from telephone support and troubleshooting through to building brand new sites from scratch

If you would like some help with implementing these changes, please contact Alison Bellerby at School Website Support on 01438 844777, (Option 1 and then Option 5)