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Accessibility Statement

Date Published: 1st September 2020


  • 23/9/2022 – Due to partial website redesign to improve accessibility.
  • 9/3/2023 – Added Enforcement procedure section.

Version subject to official Governing Body approval


This accessibility statement applies to the website hosted under the domain name but not websites within subdomains or other websites associated with Aquinas College. At Aquinas College we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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)
  • make use of text captions on all video content

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

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
  • navigation by using only a keyboard is possible but certain elements such as content accordions can lose focus

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF or large print you can contact us from the details listed here:
Call: 0161 483 3237

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:

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Aquinas College 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • although the website can be navigated purely using a keyboard, important elements can lose focus. Fixing this issue would require some redevelopment of the theme. We expect this issue to be fixed before the next redevelopment of the website.
  • forms can be completed purely by using keyboard navigation but they do not currently support autocomplete tokens.

Disproportionate burden

  • some HTML code fails to validate when using the WCAG HTML validator tool. Fixing many of these issues would require complete redevelopment of the theme which controls the front end of the website and doesn’t directly affect the usability or accessibility of the website. This issue will be fixed when the website is next redeveloped.

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

The website offers many PDF (portable document format) files and Microsoft Word files which users can download. Some of these documents provide essential information about the services we provide. We aim to make sure all these documents are fully accessible from September 2020, however some documents will require a complete redesign in order to achieve this and will take longer to make accessible. Some of the older files that do not do not provide essential information about our services won’t be made accessible.

We will not attempt to make the AQ Magazine PDF document accessible as this is a student publication which is primarily a printed publication. It doesn’t offer essential information about our services.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are currently in the process of training staff to ensure that all new content meets the accessibility guidelines. We also plan to tackle some of the issues that cause the website not to meet all the WCAG guidelines.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 1st September 2020. It was last reviewed on 27th June 2022.
This website was last tested in June 2020. The test was carried out by ourselves (Aquinas College). The website navigation was retested in June 2022 to reflect the fact this was redeveloped.

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).