Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the Calderdale College Website calderdale.ac.uk. This website is run by Calderdale 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.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

• There is no keyboard function for the buttons in the cookie banner
• The user can keyboard tab to the ‘List’ dropdown but cannot navigate to any of the list options using just a keyboard
• The hamburger menu is not accessible via keyboard tabbing when the page is zoomed in at 400%
• There is no pause button for the homepage carousel video
• The ‘Click to select’ form element does not have accessible text
• The keyboard is not visible on ‘All course types’ button

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 2-3 days. If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact’ page, please call or email us for directions.

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:

Emma Lister, [email protected].

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Calderdale 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

There are various contrast failures across our website pages. These fail WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (AA). We are currently working to develop our brand colours in order to make sure they meet this requirement and then we will be able to apply them to the website. 

• The turquoise and white combination used on some links

We do not have a keyboard function for the buttons in the cookie banner. This fails WCAG 2.1.1 and the user can keyboard tab to the ‘List’ dropdown but cannot navigate to any of the list options using just a keyboard.

There is no clear focus visible across the webpage which fails WCAG 2.4.7. 

On all of our pages, the hamburger menu is not accessible via keyboard tabbing when the page is zoomed in at 400 per cent. This fails WCAG 1.4.10.

There is still no pause button for the carousel that is now on the webpage however we are working to create a play/pause plugin. For the moment, this fails WCAG 2.2.2.

The website-wide search magnifying glass does not have discernible text which fails WCAG 2.4.4 and WCAG 4.1.2 on all pages.

On the courses pages the ‘click to select’ form elements does not have accessible text which fails WCAG 1.3.1.

We are actively working to address these issues as part of an on-going project to improve our website accessibility. 

Issues we are reviewing in our own audit:

WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible
• The keyboard focus becomes lost under each menu at the top of the webpage
• The keyboard is not visible on ‘All course types’ button
• The keyboard focus becomes lost Explore our school leavers courses starting soon

Disproportionate burden

At this time, we have made no claims of disproportionate burden.

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

Online Maps

On our contact us page there is a map showing the location of the college. There is a full postal address in the footer of every page that can also be used to find us if you cannot use the map for any reason.

Existing Video Content

We have pre-existing video on this website. The regulations do not require us to fix issues with video content published before September 23rd 2020. This video contains captions but does not have audio descriptions or a suitable alternative. If you require this content in a different format please contact us.

Portable Document Format (PDF) and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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. For

example, we do not plan to fix historical council meeting minute documents published before 23rd September 2018.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Calderdale College is doing the following to improve the accessibility of this website:

  • Making sure we are allocating resources to fix the above issues.
  • Enabling users to get in touch with the relevant person if they have any more issues we need to address and if they need extra assistance in retrieving the information they need.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 01/03/2023. It was last reviewed on 01/03/2023.

This website was last tested on 27/07/2020. The test was carried out by All Able Ltd.

All pages of the website were tested.

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: Emma Lister, [email protected].

We may look a little different!

You might have noticed we recently made some changes to the look of our website but don’t worry you can still find all the courses and information you need!

Here are some quick links below