A great teacher can change your life forever and judging by the hundreds of comments we received after asking who your favourites are, you feel the same way. Now that the responses have flooded in, we've put together a list of the best from schools all over Merseyside - those real life heroes who have improved kids' chances. We haven't been able to include every single teacher, but we've done our best to name those who seem to have made a particular impact on those who commented. We apologise in advance for any spelling mistakes to teachers' names, we've included them based on how they were referred to in comments. Sadly, some have now passed away, but what better way to remember them than in a shoutout that thousands will read? Aintree Davenhill Primary School Mrs Ward - 'My son had the best time with mrs ward in year 3,' wrote Alison Gumley. 'She made everyday full of learning with lots of fun... a valuable teacher that every school needs,' she added. Archbishop Beck Catholic … [Read more...] about Is your favourite school teacher named in our tribute?
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House price growth in areas with top-performing state schools has significantly outpaced the rest of the country in the last five years, according to the latest research from Lloyds Bank. House prices near top schools grew by 35 per cent (£104,365), compared with the English average of 20 per cent (£49,082) over the last five years.The average house price in areas close to top-performing state schools is now £400,850, compared with the average of £293,824 – a difference of £107,026.House prices in the postal districts of the top 30 schools are on average £30,968 (eight per cent) higher than other locations in the same county.Andrew Mason, Lloyds Bank mortgages director, said: “Providing their children with a good education is a priority for most parents and is often on the list of key considerations for families looking to decide where to live.“While there is most definitely a premium attached to some neighbourhoods surrounding the best … [Read more...] about Family homes close to some of the district’s top-performing schools
When making the important decision of where your child will spend the next few years of their education, it isn’t enough to simply look at glossy prospectuses, league tables and Ofsted reports. Many parents and headteachers will agree that the best way for a parent to get a real feel for a school is to take their child along and have a good look around at the facilities on offer. Visiting a school for an open day gives you the chance to speak to teachers and current students at the school and ask as many questions as you wish. You can expect to hear talks from the school headteacher or principal, visit classrooms and maybe even see demonstrations of lessons. It is also a chance to see how your child reacts to the environment around them and whether the school would be a good fit for their individual needs. With so many different types of school on offer these days, it is important now more than ever to choose the right one for your child so you can watch them blossom into young … [Read more...] about 9 schools and colleges that can give your child a great education
Plans to build almost 100 homes on green space near to a top Derby secondary school have moved a step closer. House-builder William Davis is set to build on land to the north of Allan Avenue and Pritchett Drive, which is bordered by Littleover Community School’s playing fields to the east. Back in March last year, the developer received outline permission from Derby City Council to build up to 80 homes on the site, despite dozens of objections from local residents. Now, William Davis has submitted a reserved matters application, which details the type of houses that will be built. At the same time, it has also put forward a separate application to build an extra 12 homes at the site, known as Bunkers Wood, after striking a deal for extra land. If this application is approved then it would bring the total number of homes to be built on the 8.6-acre plot to 92. Out of the 92 homes, two of the properties would have one bedroom, 23 would have two bedrooms, 38 would have three … [Read more...] about 92 new homes set to be built next to ‘Derby’s best school’
As the summer school term draws to a close most of us will be preparing for the holidays, but Ofsted is still keeping a close eye on schools across our region. Whether it was with full, two-day inspections, or short, one-day visits, the education watchdog has been keeping busy making sure schools continue to make the improvements they need to be the best place for students to learn. Between May 25 and June 27 the education watchdog updated its website for 10 Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire schools and nurseries. While five provisions have held onto their “good” or “requires improvement” ratings, one has been rated “inadequate” while another two had letters uploaded concerning their conversion to academy status. Areas the education watchdog inspectors check for vary but their specifications generally include: Effectiveness of leadership and management Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Personal development, behaviour and welfare … [Read more...] about Ofsted has visited these 10 schools