Educating Norfolk: Aylsham High School pupils tell us what makes a good school

Elizabeth Cooper, head girl, Aylsham High School Elizabeth Cooper, head girl, Aylsham High School

Friday, February 28, 2014
7:00 AM

We asked pupils what they like about Aylsham High, and what makes a good school.

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Finn Morgan, Friendly Faces captain, Aylsham High SchoolFinn Morgan, Friendly Faces captain, Aylsham High School

Finn Morgan, Friendly Faces captain, said: “Having good relationships between everyone and not having really cliquey groups who don’t interact with each other. Friendly Faces is somewhere where anyone can go and it’s a place where you can say if there’s something bothering you - bullying, problems at home, homework. We give you confidential advice and support.”

Ben Howes, head boy, said: “I think the key to a good school is a sense of community and trust between teachers and students and having trust between students, which is what the Friendly Faces help with.”

Orla Shaw, member of the Eagles group, Aylsham High SchoolOrla Shaw, member of the Eagles group, Aylsham High School

Elizabeth Cooper, head girl, said: “One of the most important things is the atmosphere. “In lessons there’s the atmosphere that you want to do well. At our school, there’s an atmosphere of wanting to learn and do better and get good results, and that’s really important.”

Orla Shaw said: “The Eagles group is the place if you are dyslexic. It’s helped me because I was a bit nervous when I first came up and did not have any friends up here. “The Eagles is a place where you can make friends and after a while, if you feel ready, you can do to mainstream.”

Ben Howes, head boy, Aylsham High SchoolBen Howes, head boy, Aylsham High School

Liam Blatch said: “Communication between students and teachers is important, and teachers being able to help if something is needed, rather than forgetting. “Co-operation between year groups is really important because younger people need older year groups who can give you advice.
“The community between different years helps you learn.”

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