Slightly off the original topic I guess, but I agree totally with the comments about the respective websites. I thought the Pates site was looking dated until they released their updated one a few days ago - now it looks great. DS has used it a lot and you can see the content changing constantly. Their intranet (PLATO) is also excellent and you can tell it is used heavily by the pupils and staff. Crypt's site is also pretty good and, crucially, up to date - especially important at this time of year.
STRS by contrast is, imho, dreadful. Who designed and maintains that - the LEA ? It needs a serious makeover. Of course the aesthetics are subjective, but the material is woefully lacking. Here's some examples :-
1. The home page banner is still saying "Pupils are reminded that term starts on Friday 3rd September at 8.40am. " - it's now 13 days later !
2. The school prospectus (http://www.strschool.co.uk/contact/Scho ... pectus.pdf
) is quoting old information (e.g. "The County Council will post confirmation of the secondary school places to all Year 6 parents for receipt on Monday 1st March 2010.") - ????
3. Clicking on "Rugby Tour" in the navigation bar takes you to http://www.strschool.co.uk/frameset.htm ... orums.org/
- which is in turn a dead page.
I think STRS is, academically, a great school but they really need to address this - impressions count !