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Feedback from School Visits – June and July 2017

“The assembly was very clear and gave positive messages out to the children.  There was plenty for the children to think about and the host had good control of the children throughout, using various techniques to keep them focused.  It was perfect as a start to our knowledge and understanding of the world week.”

Karen Cholerton, Dovedale Primary School. (Faith talk)


“The temple was beautiful and it was a wonderful experience to watch worship there and share Prasad.  Both guides were extremely knowledgeable and great with the children.  Our pupil questionnaires showed how much the children enjoyed their visits.”

Andrea Goodwin, Duckmanton Primary School. (Faith trial)


“It was so wonderful to have you as part of our panel.  You spoke so wonderfully and effectively about the work the Open Centre does and how important it is for us to appreciate diverse heritage. It was eloquent advocacy and made lots of people (not least me…) want to come along to your events.”

Annie Reilly, Heritage Open Days Manager. (Presentation to Open Heritage stakeholders)


“Fantastic content – the children were very interested and enthused.”

Laura Webster, Dronfield Junior School.  (Workshop)


“Really interesting – fantastic guide.  Children found out some excellent info.”

Jackie Saville, Firfield Primary School.  (Mosque visit)


“Good balance of information and activity; the children were very engaged.  The lady who delivered the workshop led it very well.”

Sam Dawson, Oulton First School.  (Jewish music workshop)


“”Very informative and at the right level for our children.  Super host.”

Katie Goodchild, Silverhill Primary School.  (Gurdwara visit)


“A lovely calm visit.  Nahida dealt with the children excellently and explained things extremely sensitively for the children in relation to recent terrorist events – really nicely done – thank you”

New Mills Primary School. (Mosque visit)


“All talks were excellent.  The assemblies were pitched for the year group and the Q and A session was well managed.”

Landau Forte Academy QEMS (Series of faith talks)


“Our host was very knowledgeable and made children feel comfortable enough to ask their own questions about the religion” (Hindu Temple)

“Our host was honest, approachable and friendly.  She discussed with the children some of the more difficult issues facing the Muslim community at present and this, I believe, was a great opportunity for our children to hear her views, rather than what they sometimes hear on the news.” (Mosque)

“The children were enthusiastic about tasting the food on offer and we talking all day about the delicious spicy curry!” (Gurdwara)

Amy Brown, Scargill C of E Primary School. (Faith trial)


“All workshops were informative and interesting.  The host, Eve, had an excellent manner with the children, keeping them engaged at all times and enthralled particularly with the storytelling.”

Taddington/Priestcliffe School.  (Jewish workshops)


“The mobile exhibition was perfect for our needs.  It was clear for everyone to see and read.  The videos were a good resource for a school who finds it difficult to access places first hand.  We used the exhibition at the end of the week to showcase to parents who gave some positive feedback on the children’s experience.”

Karen Cholerton, Dovedale Primary School. (Mobile Exhibition)


“Very welcoming, clearly linked to what we had done in school.  Good use of visual aids, flashcards.  Guide very good at explaining to children.”

Jenny Ehlinger, Chapel Primary School.  (Gurdwara visit)



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