Website Accessibility Statement

Aberdare New School recognises and values the provision of information on this website in a format which is accessible to all, regardless of ability or disability.

To ensure that this happens, we have written this website according to published web standards and accessibility guidelines. The site is developed using valid HTML5 and cascading style sheets (CSS). Our site content is separated from presentational elements, which makes it available to any visitors that use technologies such as a screen reader or text only browser.

We aim to maintain or exceed WAI Level AA accessibility.

What is an accessible website?

An accessible site is one that accommodates the full range of users. Designing for accessibility therefore means accepting that, for online information, there is:

  • No standard information user
  • No standard device for browsing information

An accessible website does not exclude anybody due to:

  • Their abilities
  • The method they choose to access the web

Text Size and Flow

This website is designed to meet the needs of visitors who need text of different sizes in two ways:

  • The site uses a “fluid” design, so that the text flows to match the space of the browser’s window. If you change the size of the browser window or the text, the content will, over a wide range, remain within the right and left margins of the window.
  • The content uses “relative sizing,” so that you can use the browser’s controls or an assistive technology to change the font size. Headings will always be larger than paragraph text, so that the visual display will be clear.

Headings and Semantics

If your assistive technology allows you to navigate via headings, you will find the Aberdare site supports that. Major sections are delineated by top level headers, with subsections marked by subheadings in logical progression.

HTML elements have been carefully chosen to give correct semantic information and associate related data. For example, staff and position are marked up using DT and DD elements wrapped in a DL, images and captions are described using the IMG and FIGCAPTION elements wrapped in a FIGURE element.

The upcoming events listing uses the Events Micro-format (h-event) to increase accessibility and facilitate machine readability. The website has been developed according to the principles of the “Semantic Web”.

What is the semantic web?

What is the Semantic Web?

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. It is based on the Resource Description Framework ( RDF).



Links have been written to provide context and information about what they link to.

PDF (.pdf) documents

Portable Document Format (PDF) is sometimes used to preserve the content and formatting of publications and other items that were intended for distribution by hard copy (e.g., paper-based). If you cannot access or read a .pdf created by us, please email us.

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