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What Visitors Say About Our Brilliant School

Thank you for allowing my team & I to spend time in your school yesterday, I know you were keen to call out your appreciation of our support but supporting your school really does boost the morale of my team – they love it.  I have received many call from them telling me just how much they got out of the day. I was proud of the efforts they put in, although I am sure like me they have a few aches and pains this morning!
I also wanted to call out just how pleasant and incredibly polite your children are, every time I walked down a corridor they said hello or opened a door. Personally for me the most amazing part of yesterday was seeing how you and your teachers interact with the Children. I was working outside a couple of classrooms and with the windows opened I could hear the engaging way teachers were interacting with the children,  but most of all I could hear laughter. I don’t want to embarrass you but your personal approach is brilliant and therefore I am not surprised at what I saw in your school. Please keep up your great work as without doubt you are making a real difference – it was very humbling to be part of your school for a day.
Gary Toner

Lloyds Bank

Thank you so so much for the lovely feedback Chris. I have passed on to Adam and Beth. Once again a pleasure and the best school I have ever been to without doubt. The kids and staff were a joy to perform to. When teachers are enjoying themselves that impacts on the kids and that was evident. Congrats on all your hard work.

Gavin

Manchester Theatre Company

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Jamie Long

Lloyds Banking Group

My name is Natasha and I am currently a first year student studying at the University of Leeds. I also happen to be a member of Leeds Student Television (LSTV), which is a television station that was created and is run by students of the university. I recently came across the incredible story of your Headteacher, Mr Chris Dyson. All I can say is that I was really inspired and would like to produce a short television feature/documentary on his life and impact on Parklands Primary.

Just to let you know a bit more about LSTV, we are a student-run television station that currently create live shows and variety content that air on Made In Leeds. with around 50,000 viewers on a weekly basis. All of our content is made in and around Leeds, and as a station we’ve won multiple student television awards.

Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Natasha

Student at the University of Leeds

Just wanted to send you a quick message about today. It was simply inspirational.  What a school and team you have developed.  You can really see why children are doing so well in mathematics.  The children were so happy and well behaved.  The teachers and TAs were passionate about their teaching and clearly enjoyed being at the school and knew they are making a difference.  I think it is not an exaggeration to say that you and the team are changing lives.   It has to be one of my favourite visits around any school ever.  Thank you so much for your time and if we can support you in any way  in the future, do not hesitate to get in touch.

I really hope you and the team are recognised by Ofsted and the authority for the amazing work you are doing.

Please pass on my thanks to the whole team and I look forward to visiting again sometime in the future.

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Tony Staneff

Vice Principle Trinity Academy and Leader of the White Rose Maths Hub

I just wanted to say how ‘blown away’ I was with Parklands School – it is very rare I am speechless but just didn’t know what to say to you after the assembly.

I have worked and visited a great number of schools and never seen or felt the buzz of positivity, happiness, support and fun exuded by the staff, students and parents at Parklands.

I really look forward to working with the School in a creative and meaningful way and will arrange to visit again with some more solid ideas, plans and timescales before Christmas with Jo Buck if that is Ok with you?

Again many thanks for my visit – I left your school, not with that Friday feeling, but energised by the Parklands induced ‘high’!

Sarah Hopkinson

Community Engagement & Investment Coordinator

I am genuinely delighted that we are able to help make a difference to some of the more deprived children in the area. I know that all of the guys who support Parklands, either through the reading project, activities on-site or simply through donations of some kind get a huge amount out of being able to help in some way and I am very grateful to you for acknowledging this. As you rightly say, we have a wonderful partnership and I am sure it will continue long into the future.

Carole, Sarah,

Well done to you and everyone who has been involved here – it is great to see the difference we can make in our local communities; keep it up. Perhaps when I am next in Leeds (after the school holidays I guess), I could visit the school on one of our activity days? It would be great to see how we support…I will even brush up on my reading skills – just in case!

Jamie Long

Risk Director Monitoring & Verification | Retail Business Risk

We had a lovely day at Parklands and were made to feel very welcome.

Please can you pass on our thanks to all the pupils who took part in the workshops – they were so well behaved and polite throughout the sessions.  They all worked really hard and worked well together, coming up with some great creative ideas.

All of the pupils that we met during the course of the day were polite and helpful, and we loved having lunch with some of them and getting to know more about your wonderful school.

We have appointed our former Apprentice, Keisha, into the role of Dance Education Officer (she delivered the first workshop) which is great for the team and so you may well see her again for the START workshops in the autumn!

Thanks again for making us so welcome, we hope that you all have a wonderful summer and we look forward to working with you again in September.

 

Jo, Leanne and Sophie

Northern Ballet

It’s really important that young people develop their strength to lead active and enjoyable lives. I was delighted that Parklands Primary School has embraced that approach and sees being strong so important in everyone’s lives. At British Weight Lifting, we were delighted to share Rebekah’s experience with the pupils and encourage them into sport in general.

Ashley Metcalfe

CEO, British Weight Lifting

“Where do I start? The atmosphere in school was unbelievable, I honestly thought there was a dance class on when I first arrived but no the music being played was just a tool to create a happy peaceful atmosphere which encourages children and staff to shine. I didn’t see anyone in 4 hours at the ‘Fun Palace’ who didn’t have the biggest smile on their faces… staff and children. The welcome I had was inspiring, I was touched by the DVD and the ‘Wall of Fame’ that the children had done for me. I have worked with both Ronaldo’s, Wayne Rooney, Ronaldinho, Zinidine Zidane but none of them have left an impact on me like the children at Parklands. The workshop saw real potential and the way the 400 children responded to my skill show was humbling. I will ensure that when I return I will bring my brother in law Mo Farah to see what you can achieve when you believe in children. Enjoy my new Aldi advert (I am the grandma). Check all the action @colinnell and @parklandsleeds twitter accounts. Keep believing and keep making a difference.”

Colin Nell

Professional Football Freestyler

What an outstanding days learning we had at Parklands today working with the brilliant Y5 children. Seriously we didn’t want to leave. You have such polite, intelligent, brilliant children who excel with their ideas. They speak so confidently and will make a real difference to any work place in later years. We can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful school. The music played puts smiles on faces, the atmosphere is sensational, the assembly was an added bonus as too the delicious lunch. We can’t wait to return.

 

The Ahead Partnership and Calbee UK

Can you please pass on our thanks to Mr Dyson and all of the children at Parklands Primary School for a wonderful day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we had a fantastic time, you were the best company and given us some special memories, everyone was a credit to their families/school and Theatre Company.

We were particularly impressed by the Seniors who displayed a tremendous level of maturity

Thank you, we hope we were of some use, would love to be invited again

 

John and Ann Hughes

You would be so proud (again) of the Parklands children.  They have been a delight to have in work today.  I am sure that you will hear all about their time in the office when they arrive back.  Looking forward to seeing the next group.  Keep up the great work!!

 

Alison

CSR Manager TD Direct Investing

Well what can I say – what a fantastic few hours we got to spend at Parklands today. The reception and welcome you put on for me (Louis Smith) was amazing, a real credit to the amazing kids you have at the school! The hard work they put into the questions, Wall of Fame and routine was second to none and felt by the whole team. We event got a proper school lunch (which I must add was delicious) and enjoyed greatly by everyone!

You are doing fantastic work at the school and we are so happy we were able to contribute to inspiring the children and raising their aspirations. Your passion and dedication to the kids in the school can be seen throughout and long may it last.

 

Louis Smith MBE

British Olympic Gymnast

Sarah Neild and I spent two remarkable days at Parklands school in Leeds and found both the staff and children up for all the challenges offered to them. The staff were open and perceptive. They shared and discussed with the learning of the children always at the heart of what they developed and took on. Extending the remarkable things they already do for their charges.

The children were a really special bunch. Up for challenges and open to ideas with alacrity and style. They showed themselves to have humour (but kept well in check where needed) They were remarkably polite and helpful, naturally and readily, making both of us instantly comfortable and were open for new challenges. Their ideas were remarkable, their confidence and love for writing shone.

Our time at Parklands was unique and truly special. Thank you to Chris, his staff and children and well done all.

Tim Rylands

ICT 2 Inspire

This was the best grilling I have ever experienced. Wow the school council at Parklands put me under pressure wanting answers on topics such as Syria and Trident ….. you should all feel really proud of East Leeds, people try to put us down, but today you spoke as professionals. It makes me proud, you proud, your parents proud, your community proud. Brilliant. You have an outstanding caring staff team that develops you each and everyday. I would like to take this opportunity to invite the whole school council down to London to visit the Houses of Parliament…. I can’t wait to return to this place.

Richard Burgon

MP

Hello Chris

It is a fact that it is your school which is the inspiration. I have never left a school,with such a buzz and sense of real,achievement. Every member of staff, every child lifted me and I am sure the the other judges  felt similarly proud to have been part of it..

Well done to all.

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Harry

Harry Gration said live on Look North 20.11.15 @ 6.52pm

” I have had a great day, I have been at Parklands Primary School in Leeds and have been inspired by a wonderful staff and incredible children today, I have to say that it is a credit to the City of Leeds, they are a wonderful school and made me feel so welcome as well……”

Harry Grations twitter account said…..

I have just visited a remarkable school.Parkland Primary school in Seacroft Leeds..Inspirational staff and wonderful children.Marvellous

Harry Gration

Look North

What a fantastic school you have created Chris. You are truly inspiring, as are the children and your staff, you can feel your enthusiasm and passion really has rubbed off and totally changed the ethos and atmosphere of the school. I have had such an inspiring morning, and working with people like you really makes me realise what an amazing job I have and why we do this – so thank you!

Chelsie

Business in the Community

Thank you for submitting your EYFS Profile data. Early Year’s practitioners should be warmly congratulated for all their hard work.

The data for Parklands shows a significant rise in the GLD this year; this is an immense achievement for your EY team given the children’s low starting points. We know how hard everyone must have worked to achieve this outcome and a big well done to all.

Sarah Coltman

Primary Consultant

The children from Parklands were great fun, superbly behaved and asked brilliant questions. It was a pleasure to have them and we would LOVE to have them back.

Patsy Lyttle

Head of Artemis

I had a ball working with your children and I hope the children enjoyed it too.

Jason Beresford

Author of The Fabulous 4 Fish Fingers

Theatre In Education with Years 5 and 6 yesterday (February12th 2015) and they were brilliant! They all contributed, talking about very difficult issues, they were insightful and mature, showing respect and empathy and excellent listening skills. They were an absolute pleasure to work with, a credit to themselves and the school.

Paul

Theatre in Education

Hi Chris.
I messaged you via Twitter with regard to visiting your school. Quite simply put, I think you’re an inspirational individual and I’m drawn to your energy and the ethos of Parklands School.
Your investment in staff and pupil well-being is what I admire most. I’d love to learn how you’ve developed this throughout school as this is an area that I’d love to invest in at Robert Wilkinson.
I’m also a lover of Literacy – it’s my passion as I truly believe that writing captures the heart and soul of children if they are interested, enthused and engaged. I’d love to share some of my children’s SATs work with you.  Technology is also high on the agenda at RWPA; I’d love to share some digital portfolios with you via SeeSaw.  (We’re lucky to have Chromebooks).
I appreciate that Summer 2 is a hectic time of year; if you are unable to meet me this half term, I’d relish the opportunity to meet you in September. Please let me know when’s best for you and I’ll work around your availability.
Thank you once again for your kindness and welcoming a visit. You truly are a credit to the profession.
Helen Brown

Y6 Team Leader, Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy

Dear Children of Parklands Primary School,

I am the head teacher of a one form entry primary school in Sunderland. At this point I have to add that I actually live in Newcastle and do not support Sunderland! As a young girl I use to passionately follow Leeds United, I lived in Hull and  for many years Leeds was THE team to support. With my dad, I travelled through to Elland Road for as many home matches as we could fit in. I actually had the privilege of meeting Don Revie, Billy Bremner and the rest of the first team way back in the 1970s. Ask your grandparents about Don Revie and his team! Yes I’m that old.

I am writing to you to say how amazing you all are. I watched the clip from Look North and saw how hard  you have worked to learn your times tables. During a staff meeting I showed my teachers the video clip too. Their jaws practically dropped to their knees when they saw how fast you could recall number / multiplication facts. The speed of your recall is fantastic. Your parents and teachers must be so proud of you.

I spoke to Mr Dyson on the phone last week. I asked him how the times table work started. Mr Dyson was really helpful and told me how you do things in Parklands. His voice was full of pride, delight and enthusiasm as he described your assemblies and the fun you have learning your tables. I have been inspired to introduce something similar in my school. The staff are busy working on our times table strategy as I write.

Thank you for being inspirational.

Bernie Doherty

Head Teacher St Leonard’s RC Primary School

Mr Dyson,

I am a former pupil from Poppleton Road, York (Year 6 in 2000). I keep seeing you pop-up on various TV clips with pupils and awards. I just wanted to send you a message of thanks and good luck with everything which you are doing. You always showed a great deal of care and respect to all pupils regardless of ability and inspired myself to work hard and get better grades. Other teachers were not as easy to relate to. Seeing the enthusiasm which you had for hard work and sports with 8am Cricket matches in the playground meant a lot to all those involved. Even hearing about the trip you had for the 2002 World Cup via Singapore while you were teaching my brother is still remembered. I ended up with a degree and a Regional Director position for a football coaching company in America for 6 years so it must have had some influence.

I am very pleased to see that you are having continued success and inspiring pupils like myself to achieve great things as well as self-belief. Though the suit has replaced the Le Coq Sportif polo and the baggy tracksuit bottoms I am sure that all the pupils still hold you in the same regard. Remind them about our time on Look North in 1999 and the Strategy song. Currently I am working in smoking cessation in York and North Yorkshire and have taught PE as PPA cover in York primary schools. I hope that one day our paths shall cross again.

Christopher Pratt

Former Pupil

What can I say, thank you so so much for all of your kind words, praise and support last night. Many of the businesses there said it was the greatest speech they had ever heard. Your enthusiasm and passion was infectious, without Head Teachers such as yourself we couldn’t continue to engage and re-engage all of our business partners. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and speak on our behalf last night – you lit up the room with your stories! You are the most inspirational person I and the team have ever met. Everyone wants to be in your wonderful school, you bring tears to peoples eyes with your love.

I think Georgie might have mentioned this already but I’m keen to pop across in the New Year to get a bit of advice from you on how to ensure all of our primary partnerships are as successful as yours. We work with lots of primaries on different levels and I’d like to pick your brains on how to get the most out of our work. Could we schedule a catch up in the New Year?

 

Megan Taylor

Business Development Manager – Leeds City Region

Thank you both for a very informative and enjoyable morning. You gave us a lot of things to think about and discuss.
We both felt inspired. I’m really looking forward to looking through the resources you have sent us and giving them a go in the classroom. I’ll let you know how we get on.
Thank you both once again for your time. We look forward to returning the favour in February when (hopefully) the building work is completed.
Sam

DHT Glenhow Primary

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Ash Hanson

It was lovely to meet you this morning- i’d heard so much about you and your school from Gerry.

I was inspired by your presentation on improving maths attainment and it sounds like it is just what we need this year! I would love to get in at the front of the queue and come and see you as soon as possible!

Kate McNulty

Headteacher, Hugh Gaitskell Primary School

We are so glad you all enjoyed your day at Bridlington, it was brilliant to see the children having fun.
We could not believe how well behaved, polite and happy they all were.
We hope to see you again soon.
Tracey & Wayne

Park and Ride Cafe

Thankyou for your hospitality yesterday, and your kind words about our team and their support work in Parklands, which I will of course feed back.

As a visitor, the standout things for me were the energy and vitality in the school and the sense of everyone being an individual. The staff team all looked happy and engaged, and the children were unfailingly polite, motivated and confident- it was lovely to see. As for the mental maths- brilliant- and so much additional evidence of making a difference to these children’s lives and aspirations.

We’re looking forward to continuing to work with you. Have a great summer.

Peter Thurlow

Senior School Improvement Consultant

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! What a morning! Can’t thank you enough for the efforts you went to and for sending me to such an inspiring school Parklands Primary School – Seacroft!!. I think Caroline felt the same way. I’ve never seen a school so passionate and determined to support and improve the lives of everyone in a community. Completely bowled me over.

It was amazing to see maths in action using your Long Term plan. The ‘conceptual, pictorial, abstract’ process was clearly evident across the school and the children absolutely loved maths. The teaching was also incredible – my ears are still echoing with, “Why / Show me how / Explain how you know that / Prove it.”

I’m now going to go back to school and revisit the White Rose resources again. I’m now convinced it’s the right way forward to try and teach in this way.

 

Please pass on a massive thank you to your transformative team and for being so open and willing to share everything you’re doing. I hope other areas of education take a leaf out of your hub’s book.

 

Simon Underhill

Wicklewood Primary, Norfolk

Thank you so much for inviting me to come into school this afternoon and see the celebration assembly for myself. It was so wonderful to see how excited the children were about all the awards, how involved they were in every part of the assembly and just how many different ways you have of celebrating their achievements! It was great to see so much parental support too. Sitting amongst them at the back of the room, it was clear that they were all loving it as much as the children and they clearly hold you in very high regard.

I do hope to be back at Parklands soon – I need to see the singing in action and must see the completed gate once it is fully painted!

Emily Shaw

BITC

I want to say a HUGE thank you to you and everyone at Parklands Primary school for being so welcoming to the business volunteers and for helping to make Give & Gain Day 2016 so successful. The staff and children where incredible and particular thanks to Anthony for helping organise everyone. People left the premises on Friday enriched, the volunteers were amazed with the children and their friendliness and their drive and enthusiasm. 140 volunteers know what a special place Parklands is.

What a day!!!

Michael Harvey

Business In The Community

Thanks again to you and TJ for being willing to be guests with Georgey on BBC Radio York this morning. Georgey loved chatting to you both.

I also wanted to let you know that we had a couple of phone calls after you were on from listeners saying how much they had enjoyed hearing TJ tell his joke.

These include a message from a lady called Jean who said this:

“TJ’s joke made her morning!  She also remembers Mr Dyson  teaching her grandchildren at Poppleton Road Primary and says he was a great teacher too.

Gold stars all round – says Jean.”

Adam

BBC Radio York

A massive thank you for all of the support in today’s visit. Both Calbee and Louis were absolutely thrilled at the engagement and attitudes of your students. You should be so so proud of all of your students and staff.

Thank you for organising lunch and for your patience around the press and pr. We’ll let you know where we get to with news stories and the video with your students. Keep an eye out on Made in Leeds tonight for your students!

Thanks once again for inviting us into your amazing school to speak to your fabulous children!

 

Megan Taylor

Development Manager

The children were an absolute delight and a real credit to the school. It’s very clear that it’s a happy, lovely environment for the kids to grow in, and I think the volunteers were extremely impressed with their behaviour and intelligence. I was taken aback at the end of the day by their posters, the pupils are so creative and talented.

Sami

World Of Work

I don’t remember ever having such a knowledgeable group of children to visit our centre. They knew a lot and they were willing and enthusiastic to learn more. I look forward to hosting more pupils from Parklands Primary School in the future.

Ruth Bell

Project Coordinator for the Jewish Heritage Centre for Children

Dear Chris

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality during my visit to your lovely school yesterday (1st October). It was a real privilege to meet so many fantastic children and staff. I was enormously lifted by my visit because of the tremendous culture that has been created. High support and high challenge…… There is clear evidence of a rich broad and balanced curriculum, a powerful drive to raise standards and a determination to improve the quality of Teaching and Learning. The standards achieved this year along with the dramatic improved behaviour are tribute to these changes and improvements…… In addition you are developing a truly inclusive learning community that values all members equally as individuals.

Parklands Primary school is a special learning place and I will be recommending other schools to visit. Please pass on my special thanks to the School Council for their time and providing such erudite insight into the school…. a special thanks to Owen in Y2 for the owl that he made and gave to me. I will keep it in my office to remind me of the wonderful children of Parklands.

The children were incredibly smart, polite, friendly and clearly hard working and talented.

Paul Brennan

Deputy Director Children Services

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for looking after us so well yesterday and making us feel like very special guests. All of the staff and pupils were incredibly friendly and helpful and the day couldn’t have run more smoothly.  Please could you pass on our thanks to the classes who took part in the workshops.  All of the pupils were polite and impeccably behaved, listening well to instructions and working together really well.  Everyone got involved in the activities and were enthusiastic, creative and a credit to the school.

Jo Dean

Northern Ballet

Great day at Parklands on Monday. An enthusiastic bunch, some really determined riding and lots of smiles! The children showed great potential, listening carefully and demonstrating lots of new skills. Despite fierce competition, especially in the sprints, the children were very supportive of one another, always polite and keen to cheer each other on all the way to the finish.  Look out Sir Bradley, Parkland’s on your heals!

Phil Bateman

British Olympic Cyclist

It was a real pleasure for Hannah and I to visit Parklands Primary School to do an assembly. What amazing children! They sang beautifully, listened really well and I hope they had as much fun as we did. We’d love to come again!

James Barnett

Vicar

Parklands School children were a pleasure to work with on their recent residential trip to Nell Bank.Their enthusiasm and readiness to learn about the outdoors reflects great credit to the school staff.

Nell Bank Staff

On Monday I attended the Leeds Law Education Day at your school. I just wanted
to say thank you to all the staff and pupils for making it such a great
experience.  I would especially like to thank Alex, Robert and Alyssa for being
so very well behaved and working together to produce a really good magazine
cover.  I live locally in Crossgates and work as a HR Manager if I can help your
school or the Academy in any other way please let me know.

Sandy Etchells

HR and World of Work Co-ordinator

What a great set of pupils, they were so full of confidence and enthusiasm. They gave it 100%. The staff were so happy as well.

Jeff Rich

Status Quo

It was a pleasure to see the report on how amazing your children are at their timetables. Seeing the clip of you fab inspired me to write to you. I wondered if you could give me a little information about the set up for getting the children so excited by timetables. Last term we bought in to TT RockStars. We haven’t got to grips, as yet, with using it to its full potential. I think I saw a photo of you somewhere with Mr TT Rockstar! How do you organise to competitive side of the times table learning? Any ideas to kick start out TT campaign will be gratefully received.

 

Bernie Doherty

Head Teacher - St Leonard’s RC Primary School

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the TV spot about how you are not only teaching your children the ‘ times’ tables but taking it one step further by adding/subtracting from 100 etc. The children obviously loved doing this and all seemed eager to give their answers, fantastic.
We learned the times tables at junior school too by reciting/chanting different tables every day before home time and I have to say I still remember them and use them regularly in day to day life. Sadly, my Grandchildren (14 and 17) were never taught them in their school in Halifax ( or so I am told!)
Anyway, all the best to your lovely school and pupils, just felt I had to let you know how refreshing it was to see so many happy, enthusiastic children wanting to learn and take part and how clever and quick they were with their answers.

Alan and Christine Moore

Thank you for your letter regarding your Christmas appeal. From the Twitter activity it looked like the day was a hit with all involved and it’s a wonderful thing for a school to do for its local community. Well done to you and all involved in giving up their time to make it happen.

Steven Hutton

Managing Director - Schools ICT Services

Thank you once again! 20 Managing Directors of some of the UK’s biggest companies attended your school today. I can honestly say that all of those business people left Parklands feeling inspired … Several shed tears as you shared the journey of Parklands and It was great to relive all the great work the businesses have done over the last 18 month. I’m sure we’ll have many more volunteering days to come.

Your school is one of a kind!

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Michael Harvey

Community Engagement Manager

Just thought I’d quickly get in touch to say how well Year 4s visit to White Quarry Farm went last week, Tom and all of the other members of staff were really supportive and helped keep everyone engaged.

The children were so excited and got stuck into everything that was on offer to them, they were also very polite and considerate and I saw lots of evidence of them looking out for each other.

Children and staff alike are a credit to your school!  Looking forward to this week’s visit too.

 

 

Kay Whitfield

Farm Discovery Manager

Dear Chris,

Great to meet you and see around your school. We left with big smiles on our faces.

You’ve given me a flavour of the kind of headteacher I want to be and the kind of atmosphere in school I want to develop.

Mark Trudgill

Headteacher

I am writing to thank you and Laura for delivering a very informative session at the Leeds mathematics subject leader meeting on 14th September 2016.

Fifty seven delegates including head teachers, deputy head teachers and mathematics subject leaders attended the day and really appreciated your honest and open approach to sharing how you have improved the outcomes in mathematics at Parklands Primary School. Below are comments from delegates:

‘Very inspirational talk from Chris and Laura at Parklands, what a fabulous start to the day. Lots of great ideas were shared and a realistic view of school life and how to improve maths.’

‘Inspirational listening to such a passionate head that has had such a focus (and impact) on the delivery of maths.’

‘Really useful to listen to staff from Parklands, lots of brilliant ideas that we can ‘magpie.’

Many thanks for making the day a great success. I look forward to working with you again in the future and many thanks for your time.

Karen Knepper

School improvement consultant

Such an inspirational visit today! Your children and teaching team were wonderful. I’ll get in touch in September to arrange for teachers to visit if that’s ok. You’ve created a wonderful school, Chris.

Jo Geary

Headteacher, Grange Farm Primary School

Well what a morning we have just spent in Parklands Leeds. We came from Trinity Academy in Halifax, home to the White Rose Maths Hub, to see for ourselves the amazing job that you are doing adding depth and reasoning to your Maths development. We can honestly say that every class we visited had an amazing buzz around maths. The resources were plentiful and the children really could explain the depth of their thinking. The times tables from Y1 to Y6 simply was breathtaking. How on earth is it possible to answer a times table and giving the answer as a number bond to 100 in a fraction of a second? 6×8 = 52 (6×8 = 48 so its 52 to 100) Seeing is believing.  It was a pleasure meeting the amazing Mr Dyson who quite simply is inspiring a whole community. Thank you for showcasing your brilliant maths (and school) and being an excellent partner to us at the White Rose Maths Hub.

Caroline Hamilton

White Rose Maths Hub. Trinity Academy

As a GB Weightlifter, it is rare I get to visit schools, so it was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone towards physical activity and receive such a fantastic welcome! It really is a great place to learn with lots of fun activities going on and I hope to see some of them in the future succeeding in their chosen paths. Thank you again!

Rebekah Tiler

GB Weightlifter

Who said we couldn’t keep a secret! You so deserved recognition and your success will no doubt rub off on our lovely children in the school. I couldn’t be more proud of our relationship. Its just the beginning! I have been working on apprenticeships this week and one day it would be great to employee one from Parklands school. Its on my list of things to do. Thanks for the job offer, I might just take you up on that one day!

Alison Ritchie

CSR Manager | TD Direct Investing

What a fantastic assembly – loved it. As a maths teacher, I was really impressed with the tables challenge. I also thought ‘the best seats in the house’ was an excellent idea. I plan to talk to our head of maths to see if we can do a similar tables challenge with Y7/Y8 and then maybe have a grand final with your guys?

Jeremy Richardson

Principal - David Young Community Academy

Thank you so much for todays invite. Lucy and I loved visiting your school today – Lucy feels very privileged that she is able to share her story with other people. She absolutely loved talking to your staff and children, and found the whole atmosphere in your assembly fantastic. I remember feeling exactly the same when I came in to do supply at Parklands in the Autumn term, the children all seemed very engaged in an energetic and warm learning environment.

 

Angela

Jemima Potts in the Nationwide Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Another amazing morning Mr Dyson here at Parklands. I love and look forward to coming here all the time. The kids were so responsive and I saw some real talent out there, they express themselves so well and put 100% into everything. You have an amazing school… see you soon.

Leanne

Northern Ballet Teacher

I also wanted to thank you for letting me come along and spend time with the children as I cannot remember when I had a more enjoyable and rewarding few hours.

Tracey Banks

BPP

I would just like to thank yourselves, Miss Wetherby and the students at Parklands for allowing myself and Alex to come and visit you on Friday for Takeover.

 

Firstly, we would just like to say ‘WOW’! We were really impressed with the takeover, and I was blown away by the response you had from students (applications) and also the commitment from the staff at your school. It really is incredible that 15 of your students got to experience undertaking jobs within the schools. Myself and Alex both left on such a high, and there was a real buzz within the school. So congratulations to all involved.

 

We obviously want to promote the work you have done as a ‘good example’ to other schools, and also include this in our report that will be distributed locally and send to Children’s Commissioner. Miss Wetherby mentioned that the students involved would be giving their feedback at the end of the day, would it be possible to have a copy of this along with some ‘action’ photos for the day that we can use this to show the great work you have done at Parkland’s as part of Takeover.

 

Secondly, I would also just like to say how impressed I was to hear about the work the School Council are doing. I think this is fantastic. And a real credit to your school.

 

Thanks again for allowing us to visit on Friday, and I look forward to receiving the children’s feedback and photos.

Kayleigh Thompson

Voice, Influence and Change Officer

Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for giving up your time yesterday to meet with me. I was really struck by your ‘can do’ attitude to putting the child at the heart of everything you do, your warmth and your infectious good humour! It was a real privilege to walk round the school with Brooke – a brilliant start to the week.

Shelagh

Brigshaw Trust

It was a real pleasure working with the HT and the Senior Leaders today at Parklands looking at the impact of Pupil Premium spending, they certainly had all the information to hand. The school should feel really proud of the school. There is such a happy atmosphere on every corridor you walk down. I had every door opened for me with a smile and the children showed wonderful manners.

Mrs. Jill O’Connell

Associate Inclusion Consultant

My daughter has been doing absolutely great with her reading and writing and I couldn’t be more happy with her progress.  She shocks me more and more each day and the best thing is she is enjoying doing it.  Even at home she’s reading more books and practices her sentences.  Sometimes I do it wring on purpose and she goes through them pretending to be the teacher and corrects my mistakes, this gives her more confidence.

Parent

Year 1

The children of Parklands showed excellent listening skills; an eagerness to learn and modelled excellent behaviour. It was brilliant to see how they worked together during the workshop developing some wonderful interpretations of movement to Romeo and Juliet. In addition it was wonderful to see how much the children respected each other when watching each group. It was an excellent day spent with children who want to learn. We can’t wait to see you all at the Grand Theatre on Tuesday to watch the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

Leanne

Northern Ballet

The pupils from Parklands really were fantastic on the last programme!

Literacy Day, Headingley

The session with year 5 was supposed to last an hour, however they were so attentive and so full of enthusiasm we had no choice but to extend our session; we had to stop the discussion after 1hr 30mins because we had to do a session after school at another school in Leeds. They concentrated, listened and remained on task throughout. As did the year 6s.
The staff were great as well. Not scared of the issues and attentive and caring.
We really did have a great time.

Paul

Theatre in Education

Year 6 worked brilliantly in their Romeo & Juliet workshop. All of the students tried their best and created some excellent trios which they shared to the rest of the group with confidence. They had an excellent understanding of Friar Laurence and managed to portray his emotions through their choreography and quality of movement with maturity and insight. The students also created some lovely classical lines in the arabesque exercise and asked and answered lots of questions about ballet and the theatre. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and I hope to return to Parklands Primary School to work with more students. Many thanks to all of the pupils and staff for such a pleasant day.

Leanne Kirkham

Dance Education Officer