Accessibility

Accessibility statement for harrogategrammar.co.uk

This accessibility statement applies to harrogategrammar.co.uk.

This website is run by Harrogate Grammar School. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • You cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • There is a lack of focus visibility when you navigate the site using a keyboard
  • Some images of text are used across the site that might be difficult to interpret using screen reader software
  • Some videos used across the site do not have transcripts or captions
  • Colour contrast is low in some areas of the site for text against background colours

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 15 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘Contact details and map’ page, call or email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: mail@harrogategrammar.co.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us: https://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/contact/contact-details-map/.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Harrogate Grammar School is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

There currently isn’t a visible focus, which helps users know which element has keyboard focus and where they are on a page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 focus visible. We plan to fix this by December 2021.

There are instances of low colour contrast which fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (colour contrast). We plan to fix this by December 2021.

We plan to fix the following issues by December 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure they meet accessibility standards:

  • Images of text are used in some areas of the site that would be difficult to interpret using screen reader software failing WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text).
  • Some videos used across the site do not have captions or transcripts failing WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.3 (audio description or media alternative prerecorded).
  • Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software, we plan to fix these issues by December 2021. These do not meet the following criteria:

  • 1.3.1 Info and relationships
  • 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)
  • 1.4.5 Images of text
  • 1.4.12 Text spacing
  • 2.4.6 Headings and labels

Disproportionate burden

Navigation and accessing information

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

Interactive tools and transactions

Some of our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal.

Videos

We plan to add captions to all future video content on our website, hosted on our YouTube channel. However, we’ve assessed the cost of fixing this issue and feel that videos referencing an event that has passed, for example, a Sixth Form open event in 2020, is no longer current or relevant. Therefore, we believe that it would be a disproportionate burden to fix videos released prior to 2021.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By December 2021 we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix School term and holidays dates 2016-2017.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

We are continuously working to address the points listed above.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7th August 2020. It was last reviewed on 4th February 2021.

This website was last tested on 7th August 2020. The test was carried out by our trusted agency.

As our website contains thousands of pages, we selected a sample of pages to test based on average use, volume of traffic, and content type. We tested the following pages as they contain our main features used across the site:

We tested:

Homepagehttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/
Our schoolhttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/
About ushttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/about/
News and eventshttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/news/
Lettershttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/parents/school-letters/
End of academic year messagehttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/letters/end-of-academic-year-message/
Exams policyhttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/policies/exams-policy/
Admission formhttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/admissions/admissions/
Academichttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/curriculum/faculties/
Humanities facultyhttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/faculties/humanities/geography/
Governorshttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/about/governors/
Contacthttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/contact/
Search resultshttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/search/?for=admission
Parent portalshttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/parents/parent-portals/
Tutor introductionshttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/sixth-form/induction-day/tutor-introductions/
Year 7 virtual tourhttps://www.harrogategrammar.co.uk/school/admissions/year-6-transition/year-7-virtual-tour/

You can read the full accessibility test report.