Ruth Sutcliffe, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University
I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to Miss Clarke for agreeing to host some of our students in your Year 4 morning session today, at pretty short notice! You were calm, welcoming and seemingly unfazed by having one of your ‘old’ tutors sitting at the back!
And you were wonderful! A fabulous role-model for our trainees! We talked about the depth and breadth of your subject knowledge re handwriting, grammar and whole class reading for meaning strategies/techniques. The students picked up on your attention to detail and pace, pace, pace! They were buzzing with all that they had seen and learned. So, thank you indeed.
Of course, this was no surprise given the high quality of teaching and learning Bev and I witness each week in EYFS and KS1. Our students learn so much from their observations, subsequent 1:1 reading with children and our related conversations. Thank you to Mrs Fox for coordinating everything week to week and to all staff willing to welcome their student guests each week!
Jackie Reid, Leeds School Improvement Adviser
I am emailing you to say a big thank you for welcoming me so warmly to Alwoodley PS last week. It was a pleasure to walk through the whole school with you looking at your wonderful learning environment and top quality provision. The stunning entrance (adorned with awards and subject association memberships) sets the scene of excellence everywhere else in the school.
You have obviously never let go of your commitment that ALL your children will experience the whole national curriculum and the many extra-curricular opportunities that you provide too.
Every adult that we came across had a specific role in school and their passion was overflowing…from individual musical instrument tuition, to whole class instrument playing to EAL intervention in a room that was a haven for children to express themselves in. Some star children were relishing the chance to have a hot chocolate tea party with the Headteacher and could explain clearly why they had been chosen. Adults used clear, positive language even when giving instruction or establishing expectations. The children have no doubt of what is expected of them academically and socially and the ones who spoke freely with me showed such eloquence. This is proof that you really are a thinking school, with meaningful oracy skills at the heart of your community.
Dr Dave Walters, Exeter University
The drive home gave me plenty of time to reflect on my visit. Alwoodley has created a culture of thinking in that it is the way things are done around the school. It is a educational community based on mutual respect and where the voices of children and teachers are valued. Alwoodley has core values and a purpose that permeates throughout the school and one that relies on people thinking deeply about what they do. Collaboration is all around and there is a growing movement to place evidence and research in the frame to develop researching professionals. Achievement is high in its widest sense. High levels of academic growth and dispositional development thrive hand in hand. Students rise to the challenges of moving out of their comfort zone. This is a school that looks after people. It gets the results educationally and with the wellbeing of its people at the core.
Amy Tatham - Parent
I wanted to share with you something lovely that my daughter Emily said to me last week...Emily is currently in year 7 at Allerton high school. She is loving the school, her friends, the independence, the structure, the subjects and teachers. She was very well prepared through the induction days and regular trips over the road for science and PE lessons. She was equipped with confidence and self belief that Miss Pattenden has a magical way of instilling in her pupils. We saw such a transformation in Emily throughout year 6.
Emily said that she realises what an amazing primary school she has had the privilege of attending. She said how compared to the other students at Allerton high, they have done so much. The examples she mentioned were the work they are covering in Maths and English, the Spanish they have done, Music, Science, PE, Food Technology.
I wanted to say a big thank you for all that you do. We really do appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication.