Comments about our school
Today PWP hosted a visit from Al Kingsley, who is widely known in the edtech world. He is very experienced in the wider education field too, having spent a significant amount of time as a Governor and Trustee, and visiting schools across the world. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to PWP this morning, not just for the UDL approach, but for the wider education impact too – so much so, he is going to put one of the schools from where he is a Trustee in touch with you in order to share your approach to teaching phonics. He commented on the wonderful atmosphere in the school, and the high engagement of the learners, including their willingness to articulate their learning and why they were using that chosen approach. He was impressed with the confidence shown by the children in their use of technology (as was I!!), and the confidence shown by all staff – he particularly liked seeing the iPads used to support interventions where necessary. I know he enjoyed speaking to the junior leadership team, and I am looking forward to hearing the podcast when it is put together, which will of course be shared with you! So, well done to everyone for believing in the vision shared a few years ago, taking risks with your approach to pedagogy, and for driving it forward with real impact.
Julie Carson- Director of Education- 14th November 2023
I just wanted to say a huge well done for the amount of work that everyone has put into the universal design for learning journey at Peareswood. The walk round this morning really demonstrated how far all staff have come in the use of technology to support pedagogy, in all aspects of school life and all areas of the curriculum. We saw so much strength across the school, and the children were excellent in being able to talk about their learning using the iPads. Thank you for driving this approach across the school – there is a lot to be celebrated and a lot of good practice to share, and I am looking forward to seeing your continued innovation.
Julie Carson- Director of Education- 2nd November 2023
I was really pleased with the engagement levels of the children and their keenness to do the work.
Neil Zetter- Poet- 27th September 2023
All the children were very engaging and responded positively to my book reading and questions. They particularly enjoyed the interactive moments when we used our imaginations to recreate elements of the story together. I noticed how keen they were to understand the story and how ready they were to offer suggestions about what they enjoyed about reading together. It was great fun!
Louise Fitzgerlad- Children's Author- 20th September 2023
Just wanted to say there' s some lovely comments on the children's 'all about me' section of the ILPs, one of them has said their aspiration is to be a Kindness Superhero, and another has said their aspiration is be a House Champion :) Just goes to show these things mean a lot to the children!
Josh Benham- Year 1 Class Teacher- Digital Lead- Apple Portfolio Teacher- 12th November 2023
'Great to meet you and thank you so much for showing me around your wonderful school, it was genuinely inspiring to see all the ways that you are using the technology to enhance teaching and learning, it’s been the highlight of my week, and everyone involved should be double proud'
Charlie Place- Education Consultant with Sync- 2nd November 2023
Can I echo Vickie’s thanks - it was a wonderful morning. What a happy, calm, and safe place your school is! It was a delight to talk with so many of your staff and pupils and to learn a little more about your journey with technology and UDL.
Thanks to everyone who was so generous with their time today, and so welcoming.
Kate Cheal- Leadership Executive - Education Team- Apple - 30th November 2023
'Thank you so much for inviting myself and Kate to visit your school and see the wonderful ways in which your students are learning supported by technology. It was evident that you and the team have been focused on raising the opportunities that technology can play. Moreover, the tangible warm and accepting environment was a joy to witness.'
Vickie Bacon- Lead APLS (UKI)
'I visited every class today. As usual, the children were so well behaved in every single class, especially as it was first thing on a Monday! I am always so impressed every time I visit. Even those I saw and spoke to in corridors etc were so polite and friendly. But I also want to mention the staff, including your good self, who are always so welcoming even when they are in the middle of the lesson.'
Mark Pigott- PCSO - 9th January 2023
'The school is like one big family where people from different backgrounds all get on.’
Year 5 pupil