At the Open Centre, we value all feedback from our clients in order to help us continually improve the services we provide. We maintain a high average feedback score of 9.2 out of 10 across all our services.

Please find below testimonials from 2020, 2019 , 2018 , 2017 and 2016.

Joanne Rogers, Horsley Woodhouse Primary commented

‘The children got a lot out of this session and loved the story telling. The children particularly enjoyed seeing the traditional clothing. Our older children also got a lot out of their workshops.  The pace of the sessions and engaging hands-on opportunities to taste food and try on traditional clothing worked very well and meant the children were always involved and busy.  There were lots of opportunities for the children to talk and ask questions to enhance their understanding and learning.  The children were excited and enjoyed the whole day’.

Clare Kenway, The Ripley Academy commented

‘We loved the addition of the clothing/food part.  We haven’t experienced this before’.

Amy Cox, Waingroves Primary commented

‘A very interactive fun and informative workshop! Thank you {smiley face}. A great range of activities the children could engage with’.

Miss Boulton, Sir Graham Balfour commented

‘A brilliant experience. MY GCSE students saw the lived reality of their textbook knowledge.  I would recommend to any high school teacher who is teaching Islam’.

Anonymous school commented

‘The children were engaged and were encouraged to ask questions. The children particularly enjoyed exploring artefacts, tasting and dressing up.  It was a fantastic opportunity and experience for the children to learn about Judaism. We will certainly be booking visits and experience workshops in the future.  It has been great to liaise with the Open Centre and I would like to thank you for sharing ideas for learning opportunities’.

Anonymous school commented

‘Excellent- Great use of artefacts to demonstrate the 5Ks and we all enjoyed the demonstration with the Gatka.  It was wonderful to eat at the Langar Hall as we had talked about this in our lessons and the children were so taken back with the idea that everyone and anyone could eat there.’

Victoria Beeson, City of Derby Academy commented

‘Really friendly and entertaining.  Pupils found the baptismal pool particularly interesting’.


Marie Turner, St Mary Magdalene CE Primary commented

‘The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Gurdwara. They found it extremely interesting and were able to recall information back at school. The food tasting workshop was very well organized’.


Rachel Abbott, Portway Junior commented

‘All children were fully engaged and loved the variety of activities.  The session was really well resourced and the activities encouraged lots of conversation about links between other religions.   The art they produced was beautiful and many wanted to continue with theirs after the session.  Thank you so much’.

‘The children really enjoyed having an expert explain the activities leading up to a Bar and Bat Mitzvah.  Having real life experiences and pictures captured their attention and encouraged lots of questions.  Having all children have the opportunity wear a kippah and Tallit.  We as staff found the session fascinating too! Thank you’.


Open Centre asked ‘Is there anything we can do differently’?

Adrea Goodwin, Duckmanton Primary commented

‘No – it was perfect!  Just wished we had more time but that is due to timetable constraints’.



Melbourne Junior School commented

The Opportunity to observe the Priest and Hindu’s praying was very valuable – Thank you”.

Pennine Way Junior Academy commented

“The children were attentive and our host informative”.

Heather Primary School commented

The children really enjoyed their time at the Gurdwara. The people were so accommodation and welcoming.”

Borrowood Primary commented

The content was delivered at the right level, the children were encouraged to answer and ask questions.”

Meadowhead School commented

“The students and I really enjoyed our trip we all learnt a lot and it was great for the students to meet and talk with a member of the Sikh faith.”

Waingroves Primary School commented

“Thank you it was a very informative and interesting visit and talk. It bought our learning to life and made it very real.”

Brockwell Infants commented

The children loved dressing up and having a go at the Asian Dancing”

Horsley Woodhouse commented

“All staff and children enjoyed participating”  

All Saints CE First School commented

“A fabulous day thank you for sharing your place of worship with us .”

St John’s Primary commented

“Fantastic host, very good delivery in a way that as easy for the children to understand.”

All Saints Federation commented

“The Host was very informative and the children learned a lot.”

Melbourne Junior School commented

“A very welcoming people and place, the food in the Langar was delicious.“

Shelton Infants commented

“The workshop was a great introduction to the Jewish Faith”

St Werburgh’s Primary commented

“We enjoyed having activities, very enjoyable workshop”

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust commented

“The information the guides provided for the different faiths was excellent.”

Stenson Fields Primary School commented

“Really informative, well delivered”

Ripley Infants commented

Very engaging for age range. Good range of resources”

Derby Grammar School commented

“The children love feeling part of the ceremony”  

Dronfield Junior School commented

“A fantastic experience our children were captivated.”

Langwith Bassett School commented

“2 great activities. The children really enjoyed the henna”

Derby Grammar School commented

“The staff is always good and informative. The children learned lots of information they didn’t know already”

Minster School commented

“Excellent workshop- very warm and welcoming “

Ridding Infant School commented

“Excellent! Thank You”

Friesland School commented

“Fabulous as always, engaging, open &willing to allow students to tackle bigger questions”

Borrow Wood Primary commented

“Brilliant experience for the children”

“Great activities which all the children enjoyed and interacted with”

Milford Primary School commented

“Asian marriage very hands on everyone involved. Children loved it!”

Palterton Primary School commented

“Very friendly, relaxed and informative workshops. Children enjoyed it and asked lots of questions”

Edge Hill commented

“Engaging activity and amazing visit”

St Johns CE Primary (Ripley) commented

“Brilliant, great way of learning all religions”

Sharley Park Community School commented

“Children loved the interactive nature of what could have been boring. “

Osmaston, Brailsford and Shirley Scout Group commented

“The host was brilliant and engaging with 10 to 14 year “

Stonelow Junior School commented

“Really interesting and interactive”

Egginton Primary School commented

“The children learn a lot from Islam”

Chetwynd Primary School commented

“The whole visit was really good and adapted well”

Hartshorne Primary School commented

Fantastic locations, very welcoming. “

Hartshorne C of E Primary School commented

“Super welcoming visit, very knowledgeable guide and great activities for all children to experience”

Morley Primary School commented

“Really interesting. Great for children to get first hand experience of Hindu place of worship”

Morley Primary School commented

“Hindu marriage was good workshop “

Longdon Hall School commented

“Well organised, our students loved it”

Woodville Junior School commented

“Lots of information that helped the children”

Barlborough Primary School commented

“The staff explained the significance of the features well”

Lons Infant School commented

“It was a pleasure to see the staff again, they engage the children and learn so much”

All Saints (Church Leigh) commented

“The children found it welcoming and interesting to see the people worship and learn about faith”

Friesland School commented

“Absolutely brilliant”

Matlock Bath Holy Trinity commented

“Fascinating and a great range of materials and colours! We loved it”

Ladywood Primary School commented

The staff engaged the children and very explicit”

Sharley Park Community Primary commented

“Lovely hands on experience for the kids”

Woodlands Federation commented

“Excellent talk children very connected”

Woodlands Federations commented

“Excellent talk”

Grange Primary School commented

“Amazing experiences for the children. The staff interacted with the children, adopting well to their younger needs.”

St Thomas’ commented

“Children felt welcomed and excellent information given.

Lea Primary School commented

“Very interesting and welcoming to all children. The children and adults learned a lot a lot”

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