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Nursery and Preschools

The Learning Mill

Jolliffe St, Leek ST13 5JE, UK – 01538 388228

Leek westwood pre school

Westwood Rd, Leek ST13 8DL, UK – 01538 483004

Teddy's Garden Day Nursery

Garden Villa, Off East Drive,, Cheddleton, Leek, Cheddleton, Leek ST13 7DN, UK – 01538 361600

Primary and Secondary Schools

St Edward's Church of England Academy

Westwood Rd, Leek ST13 8DN, UK – 01538 483218

As a student at the school, I have first hand experience with teachers, teaching strategies, various styles of teaching and changes too.To begin, I believe that ,due to recent events, that St. Edward's is under a tremendous amount of pressure as they are considered a 'coasting school', but mostly due to the trauma over the new head after the sorrowful departure of Mrs. Clarke; this has further lead to the induction of our new official head, Mr. Hutchinson. Now, I am in a convinced state that this is where St. Edward's began (despite Mr. Hutchinson only being the head for a few months) a downward spiral that needs to be put to an end and sent back up. This outrageous proposal ,that is official, of replacing forms with houses is ridiculous. The school is well organised, and needs no change to that. In fact, the idea is even rejected by various teachers as well. Keeping names and dates anonymous, I overheard two teachers discussing the matter and saying that it was 'confusing' and that the system was 'fine as it is'. As the key role in the school, I suggest that a head listen to the opinions of their teachers to carry on improving and maintaining the school's reputation. Furthermore, the two teachers also discussed the new six-lesson-days instead of five-lesson-days too. I can not ,unfortunately, talk about what they said as the identities of the two teachers would become apparent; however, I recently came across another teacher giving their opinion on the new six-lesson-days. They made it obvious that they were firmly against the idea because it would 'limit' their teaching and give students less time to learn everything so they would, as a result, be 'rushing' the topics. I completely agree with this view because some lessons are already rushed to complete topics in a good amount of detail, limiting our education which is the most valuable variable of any school. It would also apply a lot more pressure on us students due to the higher demands for the same amount of work, with a higher quality, in less time. I know, from previous experiences, that too much pressure can reduce the quality of work. I feel that quality is something St. Edwards would want to maintain considering it is a 'coasting school' due to the SAT's results. Continuing, I also feel that teachers are ,like the students will be, being pressured too. I understand that a lot is expected from them because they teach us, so our future is directed by them. However, by pressuring them to fit all our topics in even more detail into smaller amounts of times, is a challenge of utmost difficulty. Their teaching level will also be hard to maintain because of the large amounts of pressure; this will affect all teachers in different ways as everyone has a unique method of teaching such as long, detailed explanations to guarantee all pupils understand fully. In my opinion, this is the best way to teach but, with the new lesson design in place, this will be much harder to continue, causing further stress for teachers. Again, teachers are the base for our future ,so, should be given the freedom to build that base in a way they feel best. In conclusion, I hope that my criticism is taken into account and is appreciated despite its direct tone. I apologise for any offense taken too. -Gracie Cotterill

It's alright, I guess.

Leek High Specialist Technology School

Springfield Rd, Leek ST13 6EU, UK – 01538 225050

Good school

Springfield Special School

Springfield Special School/Springfield Rd, Leek ST13 6LQ, UK – 01538 383558

Fantastic school and Di the acting head and all the staff are wonderful.

Public & Preparatory Schools

St Edward's Church of England Academy

Westwood Rd, Leek ST13 8DN, UK – 01538 483218

As a student at the school, I have first hand experience with teachers, teaching strategies, various styles of teaching and changes too.To begin, I believe that ,due to recent events, that St. Edward's is under a tremendous amount of pressure as they are considered a 'coasting school', but mostly due to the trauma over the new head after the sorrowful departure of Mrs. Clarke; this has further lead to the induction of our new official head, Mr. Hutchinson. Now, I am in a convinced state that this is where St. Edward's began (despite Mr. Hutchinson only being the head for a few months) a downward spiral that needs to be put to an end and sent back up. This outrageous proposal ,that is official, of replacing forms with houses is ridiculous. The school is well organised, and needs no change to that. In fact, the idea is even rejected by various teachers as well. Keeping names and dates anonymous, I overheard two teachers discussing the matter and saying that it was 'confusing' and that the system was 'fine as it is'. As the key role in the school, I suggest that a head listen to the opinions of their teachers to carry on improving and maintaining the school's reputation. Furthermore, the two teachers also discussed the new six-lesson-days instead of five-lesson-days too. I can not ,unfortunately, talk about what they said as the identities of the two teachers would become apparent; however, I recently came across another teacher giving their opinion on the new six-lesson-days. They made it obvious that they were firmly against the idea because it would 'limit' their teaching and give students less time to learn everything so they would, as a result, be 'rushing' the topics. I completely agree with this view because some lessons are already rushed to complete topics in a good amount of detail, limiting our education which is the most valuable variable of any school. It would also apply a lot more pressure on us students due to the higher demands for the same amount of work, with a higher quality, in less time. I know, from previous experiences, that too much pressure can reduce the quality of work. I feel that quality is something St. Edwards would want to maintain considering it is a 'coasting school' due to the SAT's results. Continuing, I also feel that teachers are ,like the students will be, being pressured too. I understand that a lot is expected from them because they teach us, so our future is directed by them. However, by pressuring them to fit all our topics in even more detail into smaller amounts of times, is a challenge of utmost difficulty. Their teaching level will also be hard to maintain because of the large amounts of pressure; this will affect all teachers in different ways as everyone has a unique method of teaching such as long, detailed explanations to guarantee all pupils understand fully. In my opinion, this is the best way to teach but, with the new lesson design in place, this will be much harder to continue, causing further stress for teachers. Again, teachers are the base for our future ,so, should be given the freedom to build that base in a way they feel best. In conclusion, I hope that my criticism is taken into account and is appreciated despite its direct tone. I apologise for any offense taken too. -Gracie Cotterill

It's alright, I guess.

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