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St Bede Website Accessibility Notice

To help our visitors to find the information they are looking for quickly and easily we have made use of several accessibility features, all of which are listed below:


Style Changer

Our website has a Style Changer to allow visitors to choose between four different styles: Default, Visually impaired, High Contrast, and Print Friendly.


Default Style

The Default style is used the first time you visit the Website. This style has been designed for general use.


Visually Impaired

The Visually Impaired style has been designed for visitors with partial sightedness, and may also help visitors with Dyslexia.
This style uses a non-serif font as most people find this easier to read on a screen.
This style also uses colour to create contrast between the text and page background. 


High Contrast

The High Contrast style has been designed for visitors with colour blindness, and works in the same way as the Visually Impaired style, but makes use of colours that are more suitable for those with colour blindness.


Print Friendly

the Print Friendly style has been designed with printing in mind. This is the style to choose if you would just like to print the information from a page.


Access Keys

Access keys are keyboard shortcuts for the main links used in this site. How the keys work varies between platforms and browsers. Most browsers support jumping to specific links by typing the keys defined on the web site.

As a rule, on Windows, you can press ALT + an access key; on Macintosh, you can press Control + an access key, pressing the enter key will follow a link.


  • Access keys information 0
  • Home 1
  • Contact 2
  • Site Map 3
  • News 4
  • Letters 5
  • Kids' Zone 6
  • Disclaimer 7
  • Site Privacy Policy 8
  • Skip to Navigation S

You can cycle through all the links by using the TAB key. To open a link which you have tabbed to, please press ENTER.

(Please note Access Keys may not work on all browsers)


Images and Alt Tags

Where images have been used we have added 'Alt' and/or 'Title' tags. These are text alternatives so that you can still see what the image is meant to convey if it doesn't load or if you have chosen to browse with the images switched off. The 'Alt' and 'Title' tags also help if you are using something like a screen reader to read the web page rather than view it.


Re-sizable Text

We've tried to use a text size that is easy to read, but if you would like to make the text size larger or smaller you can do so from within your web browser.

To change the text size from within Internet Explorer 6, or Firefox:

  • Click on the 'View' menu in your browser.
  • Click on the 'Text size' option.
  • Select the size you would like to see.

To change the text size from within Internet Explorer 7:

  • Click on the 'Page' menu in your browser.
  • Click on the 'Text size' option.
  • Select the size you would like to see.

Or you can choose the the "Larger Font" option which is available when the Visually Impaired or High Contrast style's have been selected.


Browser Compatibility

This site has been tested with the following browsers for compatibility.

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 & 7.0
  • Firefox
  • Opera 9.02
  • Safari 2.0.3

Later versions of these browsers should continue to be compatible.


Coding Standards

We have ensured our site conforms to W3C xhtml and css standards. Adhering to these standards should make our site accessible across browsers which adhere to the same standards, and should make our pages more accessible to those using screen readers and similar devices.


Consistent Navigation

Throughout the site we have tried to keep the navigation consistent. Certain pages are available from every single page on the website. All image links have text alternatives.

If you have any comments about the accessibility of the site please contact us. Our email address is

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