I have been part of Clifton school for the last 10 years as a parent and now as a staff member in the school for the last one year. I started as a volunteer and after 6 months I applied for a job opportunity and I am very grateful to the lovely head teachers Miss Laura Corrigan, Miss Lori Greenglass and Miss Emma Coutts who thought I would be capable for the job as a special support assistant. This has been an experience and good opportunity to work with a wonderful school by every means.The security and concerns for children is our main aim and supporting and liaising with parents about any issue. All staff are amazing. Especially the head teachers who are very polite fabulous and understanding people - the most I have ever come across. They helped me every time in relation to my job. It has been a pleasure and my privilege working under such an outstanding head teachers. I have a lot to talk about but could not tell you enough in one paragraph. Last but not least they have been a great help and support in my wonderful one year journey.
HN - Parent volunteer and now staff member
My children have been at Clifton Primary School for many years and I have always wanted to work there. I applied for a job a few years ago but I did not get it as at that time I had no experience and very little confidence. The school offered me some voluntary work at lunchtime and I loved it. I teach children how to play well with each other and build strong relationships. After a year of volunteering, I applied for the same job again and I got it. Now I am part of Clifton Primary School everyday and I could not be happier for me or my family. I have full confidence now and my families life has improved because of it. Thank you Clifton School.
BB - Started as a Parent volunteer now Staff
This experience has been worthwhile and allowed me to gain a variety of pedagogical strategies from the teachers I have interacted with. Being surrounded by the children and the positive learning environment made it very intriguing and I loved the cohesion of the school. Both teachers and students were supportive of each other and I learnt a lot in my placement. Thank you for this experience.
AA - Student
I am a university student that volunteered in Clifton Primary School. I have had many past experiences in the education sector, and I must say that Clifton Primary has been the best experience so far.
Teachers are not only extremely friendly and welcoming but they involve you in the classroom, thus gaining a rich experience. For example, working with different groups of children, involved in teaching the class and participating in classroom activities. Also, the children are welcoming and are amazing to work with. The school as a whole has a very cheerful and welcoming environment with great staff.
I would also like to add that this school is very flexible with hours and are very understanding with circumstances. Also, as a student they have been very helpful, understanding and supportive of my studies.
I would definitely recommend anyone who is interested in gaining solid experience in a primary school to consider Clifton Primary School. You will not regret it, as they offer a great learning experience.
MM - Student
I completed work experience at Clifton Primary School as an undergraduate student from November 2016 - March 2017. This has been the best and most informed experience I have had in the education sector.
The school has a great learning environment. The teachers I worked with are very experienced and continually gave me advice regarding my aspiration to be a teacher. They also allowed me to become a part of their classroom and get involved in every single activity. The teachers assistants were friendly and helpful too. The Deputy headteacher was understanding of any situation I had and extremely helpful toward the completion of my dissertation at university. All the students were welcoming, bright and fun and easy to work with.
I have now graduated from university and I am still in contact with the Deputy headteacher. Despite her busy schedule, she has been supportive and helpful in terms of the next steps I am taking toward my career aspiration and I am very appreciative of this.
I would highly encourage and recommend anyone who is looking for experience in the education sector to go to Clifton Primary school. This is an experience I always look back at. I definitely consider going back to the school in the future again!
AH - Student
I am a parent who volunteered at Clifton Primary School. It was a great and rewarding experience in a warm and comfortable environment. Both the teachers and the students were welcoming and friendly. They loved to have someone join them in their daily activities. I strongly recommend this school to all that are interested in giving their best to the school community.
SD – Parent Volunteer
I have volunteered to gain experience before starting my PGCE course. The school has a really friendly and welcoming environment, from headteachers to teachers and children. I have enjoyed working with the experienced teachers who have been very helpful and I have enjoyed supporting bright and well-disciplined students. I would highly recommend anyone interested to experience and learn within Clifton Primary School.
DE - Student