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Accessibility

This site has been designed with accessibility in mind. We aim to comply with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) by providing the following features:

  • The site has been designed to fit into an 800 x 600 window.
  • The site does not depend on 'Frames' for its presentation.
  • You can use your normal browser techniques to grow and shrink text as required.
  • All our in-line pictures carry descriptive 'Alt' tags.
  • You can apply your own local stylesheet to tailor the site to your own visual requirements.
  • We have provided a 'Text Only' option (link at top left) which removes all the graphical elements and presents a simplified 'inline' version of the site. This feature is also very suitable for PDA or Mobile phone users.
  • If you want to change the default colours when you browse the site we suggest that you download and install a copy of Mozilla Firefox which has excellent tools for modifying the appearance of web pages on your own machine.


If you find that there's a feature that doesn't meet your needs, please contact us using the 'Feedback' or 'Ask Us' links which appear at the bottom edge of all the pages.

Changing colours in Text Only view
Mozilla Firefox has considerable support for accessibility features. Most of these options are located in the browser options, which can be found as follows:
1. Go to the Tools menu.
2. Select Options - then the Content tab.
3. Click on the Colours button.



The pane looks like the image above this paragraph. In this 'Colours' pane, you can override text fonts, sizes and colours for various web page elements. For example, you may wish to set the background of websites you visit to be a slightly less harsh colour than the default bright white, or enlarge the font sizes of all pages, or perhaps simply make links appear in a brighter colour for more contrast from ordinary text.

Example: To change the background colour of all pages to a pale grey instead of white:
1. Navigate to the Colours pane, as above.
2. Click the coloured block beside the word Background in the Text and Background region.
3. Select the appropriate colour from the pop-up palette which appears.
4. Click OK.

Note that this will only affect websites which do not specifically request alternative colours. If you wish it to override colours on all websites, you must select the Allow pages to choose their own Colours..... checkbox at the bottom of the pane.

The procedure for changing other elements is similar.

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