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The project

Leyton Sixth Form College is a lively, diverse, successful institution located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. With around 2000 students, mostly aged between 16 – 19 years, Leyton College is extremely proud of its profile.

The college offers 33 ‘A’ level subjects and a wide selection of vocational courses including IT, child care, travel & tourism, media, performing arts and music. It has partnerships with a number of London based universities and the £40m campus redevelopment has now been completed.

As today’s college students choose to access education-related news, information and advice on their mobile phones, specialist digital communications agency Pixl8 is successfully meeting the needs of the ‘mobile app’, Twitter and Facebook generation.

When Leyton Sixth Form College in East London wanted to venture into new media and have their website redesigned and developed they approached Pixl8, an agency that is fast expanding its education-based client portfolio.

“Our old site wasn’t interactive and prevented the college from keeping up with its competitors,” says Sanoobar Patel, the College’s Marketing, Publicity & School Liaison Officer.

The challenge was to produce an interactive online platform for Leyton College students and staff, where all important news, notices and information is published in real time, making use of today’s most up-to-date mobile technology.

The main objective was to provide easy access to the site for students and to link into Facebook and Twitter, providing up-to-the-minute information on exams, apprenticeships, careers and college clubs and societies 

Staff and students didn’t find the old website easily accessible and it needed technically minded people to operate it. It was crucial that the new site would be easy for staff to use and post information on and that it would help reduce workloads.

The results

Prospective students can easily get in touch online and request a prospectus. The website is also a great way to publicise student information, notices and events such as awards ceremonies. It’s now the place to look for UCAS information, revision workshops and all the extra-curricular activities such as London and overseas trips and information on clubs and societies such as the Film Club, Chess Club, drama, creative writing and debating societies.

According to Sanoobar the news pages are the most popular pages on the site. Recent news stories have included the Leyton Media Oscars and the College receiving their Gold Investors in People Champion status.

College staff are also happy with the new system. They can post up content about their subjects, including videos. In fact, there’s now a greater incentive for students to work hard as staff will put good work on the website.

Leyton Sixth Form College website went live at the end of December and consultation groups of staff and students have been monitoring its success.
Feedback from students so far shows that the website is being well received. They say it’s interactive, better organised and easier to find information, and they like the fact that the website has useful links to resources like Moodle, the online course management system.

“Pixl8 work with a diverse group of clients from a variety of sectors, including multiple colleges as well as various other education and training establishments,” says Neil Rosewarn, Pixl8 Director.

“Working with these types of clients over the past decade has allowed us to truly understand the challenges they face.  Thanks to this experience, we’ve been able to develop a range of education-focused applications and complementary services to assist with student enrichment and recruitment targets.”

www.leyton.ac.uk