Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Winstanley College

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

Scope of the statement

This accessibility statement applies to

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Compliance status

This website is partially compliant as it meets most requirements of the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below:

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  1. WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) Poor colour contrast makes it difficult for someone with sight loss to see the content properly. If there is a big difference between the background and foreground colours it should be much easier to see the difference between them.

  2. WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible A visible focus helps users know which element has keyboard focus and where they are on the page. When an element gets focus there should be a visible border around it. Highlighting the element that has keyboard focus or is hovered over can provide information like whether the element is interactive or the scope of that element. Operating systems have a native indication of focus, which is available in many browsers. The default display of the focus indicator is not always highly visible and may even be difficult to see especially on coloured backgrounds.

  3. WCAG 1.4.10 Reflow Reflow or ‘responsive web design’ helps users with low vision who may need to enlarge text on a webpage and read it in a single column without scrolling in more than one direction. It also helps users who are viewing the page on a mobile device. If a page does not support reflow it can appear smaller and more difficult to use or content may be cut off. Navigation menus often collapse into fewer items or into a single menu button to take up less space. All content and functionality must still be fully available.

  4. WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide Content that moves, flashes or updates automatically can be a severe distraction for certain users, making it difficult to use the page. It can also cause problems for assistive technologies like screen readers. For any moving, flashing or scrolling information that: · starts automatically, · lasts more than five seconds, and · is presented in parallel with other content there should be a way for the user to pause, stop or hide it, unless it is part of an essential activity. There must be a method to allow the user to pause, stop, hide or control the frequency for content that automatically begins ‘auto-updating’ in parallel with other content unless it is essential to an activity.

  5. WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships: <li> elements must be contained in a <ul> or <ol>. Issue found using Deque Axe. Screen readers tell users if a list is present and how many items are in the list. This helps users to know what they are reading and what to expect. It is important to use the correct semantic hierarchy for lists. Ordered, unordered and description lists must contain semantically correct parent and child elements. When lists contain other elements or they are ordered incorrectly, screen readers are not able to read the lists accurately.

  6. WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships: Certain ARIA roles must contain particular children. Issue found using Deque Axe. Fully sighted users understand the structure and link between elements on a page via visual clues. Assistive technologies interpret ARIA parent and child roles to perform accessibility functions and give this structural context to users. If an ARIA parent role does not contain a valid child role, or a child role does not have the correct parent role, assistive technology may provide confusing information about a page. Parent and child ARIA roles must be valid.

  7. WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships and WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: Form elements must have labels. Issue found using Deque Axe. Form labels help assistive technologies to understand what input is expected in a form field. Adding a label reduces confusion and enlarges the clickable area which helps users with limited motor control. Labels should be used for inputs such as: · text entry fields · radio buttons · checkboxes · select menusEmpty heading

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Our website provider is currently putting together a visual of works which are due to be handed over Friday 27th of January. The above will be fixed by 24th February 
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Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 1/08/2021

This website was last tested on 1/11/22. The test was carried out by the website accessibility monitoring team at the Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office and and will be retested on 23rd January 2023 using Deque Axe. Deque Systems: Web Accessibility Software, Services & Training

The statement was last reviewed on 26/1/2023

Audit process

The website has been fully audited by our website providers Cleverbox on the 26/1/2023. The website will be reviewed annually by our website providers Cleverbox to ensure we maintain compliance. Date of next review 26/1/2024.

Feedback and contact information

The feedback mechanism to be used to notify the public sector body of any compliance failures and to request information and content excluded from the scope of the Directive is below.

Name: Conor Edwards


Call: 01695 633244

Winstanley College

Winstanley Road




We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 14 days.

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

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

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) via the link: Equality Advisory and Support Service (

To Improve accessibility

To help visitors with accessibility needs we be added the Userway Accessibility plugin from January 2023. This is a plugin that is used for accessibility and enhances the website for people with specific accessibility needs. We also have a high visibility version of the website which can be found in the footer.

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The website has been designed to be accessible to all web users, irrespective of individual abilities and browser type. This statement gives information about accessibility features, and levels of conformance to industry standards.

This website is run by Winstanley College. 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.

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Access Keys

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts that provide links to important areas of the site. Windows users can press ALT + an access key, followed by RETURN for those using Microsoft Internet Explorer. Apple Macintosh users can press CONTROL + an access key.

Please note that these features are not supported by all browsers.

Text Size

The text on this website has been styled using a non-fixed value in a style sheet. This means that users can easily change the text size using their browser settings. To do this, go to the 'View' menu of your internet browser, select 'Text Size', then change it from the default size of 'Medium' to the size that suits your needs.


Accessing downloadable documents such as reports and committee papers. A number of documents are available for download from this website.

To view PDF files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer. This software is available free of charge from the Adobe website. Users with visual impairments who make use of text to speech software may encounter problems when using PDF files. The website provides tools and information to help make Adobe PDF files accessible to users with visual disabilities. 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. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
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