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Username: Chivalry.
My favourite teacher: Mr. T. Matthews
What they taught: English
When they taught me: S6 - Advanced Higher
What made them so good: Mr Matthews was 'old school' and down to earth. Knew his subject incredibly well, it was his love really. Was really refreshing in the class setting with his trademark blunt and open approach and no great hanger-on of ceremony and a penchant for jokes. Even put up with my flippant wit and offered return fire for most of the year. It's difficult to articulate exactly what made him so good but it was a combination of a love of teaching, a love of his subject and the strength to take everything that came his way in his stride. I loved the way he plainly spoke; if something was crap he'd tell you it was crap and if it was good he'd say it was good. He never heaped the superlatives of excellence and brilliant and you really knew that "quite good" from him meant something. More than all that was simply the stories he had whenever we meandered off course and I can honestly say that I learned a few things :P Also, his trademark phrase when talking about the old days - "By God, sir, we're BRITISH!" in an old army colonel voice :P

Username: YoullFindMeFilming
My favourite teacher: Mr. Warden
What they taught: D.T (Graphics for me over the past 2 years)
When they taught me: Year 8 - Year 11
What made them so good: Mr. Warden was such a cool guy. He loved what he taught and it was so easy to see. Every lesson he'd discuss things with us, got us thinking for ourselves, and was definetely not a "textbook teacher", something that I think is becoming common in schools these days. He got to school early so we could finish our final project on time and still hadn't kicked us out when the caretaker came around to lock up at 7.30. His constant discussions about football (a life long Liverpool supporter) were particularly popular with the boys, and he was always there to talk to. He talked to me about films even though he wasn't a film fanatic, went out of his way to help me out with my project even at 7pm when I was freaking out about not finishing when he probably had other stuff to be doing, and he was a really great laugh. He put up with so much crap from other students when they tested his patience, and had time to console his other worrying students (me mostly) that their work was good enough and they would not fail. And then he left. Next year will not be the same without you, Sir.

Username: J
My favourite teacher: Mr Davies
What they taught: Geography
When they taught me: GCSE and A-Level
What madе them so good: Mr Davies was a scary Welshman, he had a little moustache and slick hair, somewhat resembling Basil Faulty. He smoked like a chimney and had orange fingers. He was my best teacher ever.
In his classes we put the text books to one side and he got us thinking for ourselves. He often would hand out a photocopy of a photo and then ask us to make ten points on our own that related to that picture, either some physical or human geography related observations. For example the photo could be of a glacial landscape, a meandering river, or a satellite image of a delta or city.

Then he'd ask members of the class to call out a point they had, he'd go around every pupil in this way so everyone had to say at least one point. Because he was an intimidating guy It was nerve wracking coming up with your list and if someone else had already said all your points you had to really quickly come up with a new original point or else you were felt to feel pretty small. I know making people feel small isn't good thing, but it worked the other way too...If you said a really good point then the recognition he gave you in the classroom felt brilliant. So you came out of his classes feeling challenged and we learnt loads by thinking for ourselves.

Username: RK
My favourite teacher: Mr Willan
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: Year 8
What made them so good: Mr Willian was a great guy. He was very approachable and willing to help you whenever you needed it and the whole class seemed to really enjoy the lessons he taught. For me he was very inspirational in developing my love of maths. He brought the subject alive for me through some interesting games and activities. 'Lobster Pots' where you're stranded on an island and need to earn enough money from catching lobsters to get home has stuck with me to this day.
But it wasn't just him teaching maths which made him great. He really seemed to care about every student he came in contact with. At lunch times he'd welcome you in to class room and he'd chat with you and offer advice for problems you may be facing and he really helped one of my mates who wasn't espeically great at maths.

He was actually an inspriation to me to actually go in to teaching myself. And though I didn't teach for long, I do hope that I put in to practice some of what I learnt from Mr Willam all those years ago about what made him a great team. I also happened to find out that some people I trained to be a teacher with had Mr Willam as their mentor. So I asked them to get the 'Lobster Pots' game off him and played it with my classd. So you never know who you might come across when teaching...and you never know who you might inspire either !

Username: CJ
My favourite teacher: "Tariq"
What they taught:v E-M-commerce
What level they taught: Undergraduate Bachelor of Science
What made them so good: Tariq had a natural talent to teach it seemed, in an environment that perhaps wasn't as testing compared to what some endure through school. In his 30's and still full of energy and genuine interest in what people had to say. Mixing up lessons with unexpected interactive activities, such as watching a video on Pulp Fiction, followed by a step by step guide on the importance of managing a project. In the case of Pulp Fiction, how to dispose a body without anyone knowing in a short period of time. It's all relative.

His interacting was the clincher, utilising the whiteboard and creating havoc on it. Empty at the beginning of the lecture and full by the end with student suggestions on various topics. Having a small group to work with helped, but he really got you thinking and was probably the only lecturer not to make getting up at 7am a chore.

Username: thetopnotch
My favourite teacher: Mr Godwin
What they taught: Drama/Form Tutor
When they taught me: Year 7/8
What made them so good: Mr Godwin was the kind of teacher who knew what his students wanted in both the classroom and outside of it. As a form tutor he was incomparable. As pupils he instilled great confidence in us when he announced on the first day that he had as much a knowledge of the school as we did. However it did show us that he was ready to engage with us on our level. Another great characteristic was that his students came first. If we went to talk to him about a problem he would drop everything else and immediately see to it that it was fixed.

As a Drama teacher it was his knowledge of what his students did want to do and didn't want to do in the classroom that really made him a great Drama teacher. He knew that not all of his students would be interested in reenacting plays so he gave us Technical Drama, which became a hugely popular choice with students. He used Drama to challenge all the pupils; shyest pupils spoke out, the unruly pupils work hard and yet he always knew when to step back and allow his students have their fun. I think it's a testament to his prowess as a teacher that 5 years after he left around half the class were still involved with the Drama department in some capacity.

Username: 852er
My favourite teacher: "Mor"
What they taught: Drama
What level they taught: Year 9
What made them so good: I have been acting since 4 but when I went to high school I have completely dropped acting and everything to do with it. I didn't really like drama lessons, and for GCSE I was going to drop drama and take Philosophy. However, one day during year 9 (this was probably in March), One of the main character in my group was missing, so I took her place and performed infront of the whole class. "Mor" was very impressed and said that the acting was GCSE level. she spoke to me privately after class and told me to take drama for GCSE. I did, and it was the best decision I have ever made.

I soared through GCSE and she'd been extremely encouraging. She brought me to shows, and got me as many acting oppurtunities as she could. She truly believed in me. Her partner taught me and we were really close. I love them to bits and it was very sad when they had to leave at the end of year 11 because of personal reasons....

I miss them so much and now, we are still friends, and she will always be my respected and favorite teacher. I got full marks in GCSE Drama and was made world top 10. It's perhaps not so much of a surprise but I am still taking Drama at IB level. It would have been more fun with "Mor"...

Username: RachelOranges
My favourite teacher: Mrs Jones
What they taught: Biology
What level they taught: GCSE/A Level
What made them so good: It was very rare to find a teacher in my school who was 100% committed to their students, did everything they could to make sure that all students achieved their full potential, didn't have favourites and didn't categorise students, made everyone believe that they could achieve top grades. Mrs Jones ticked all these boxes, when most teachers would shudder at the idea of giving up lunch times and free periods to give you extra help on course work or catch up on missed lessons/things you didn't understand she always offered. She would use a variety of methods to help keep us engaged and everything was hands on with her ( even though our school 'specialises' in science most of the teachers didn't believe in doing practicals...even though one of our assessments involved practical work). She never gave up on those who seemed like "lost causes", there was no such thing as " a student who will only ever get a D...on a good day" (a lot of teachers who had this mentality) and this was evident when it came to results day. I was getting U's in my practice papers for GCSE/AS and A2 but with much support from her I managed to get an A at GCSE a high B( 1 mark away from an A) in her unit for as and a high C in her unit for A2 in the matter of a month!!! Being the head of Biology as well as having other classes to teach she her day wouldn't end till gone 9pm and she had a life at home ( where as most teachers would complain that their day should end at 3:30pm and didn't have families to look after or as many classes/responsibilities as Jones did). Some may say that some of her teaching methods were a little patronizing, using Lego bricks to represent glucose molecules or repeating information she had written on the board, but it works, it sticks in your head. I'm a visual learner which is why I did so well in her units for Biology. Most of all she is totally unaware at how good she is and is completely modest. She's inspired me to teach and I'll never forget her. She doesn't get the recognition she deserves but she keeps at it! Go TEAM JONES!

Username: A
My favourite teacher: Ms Winn
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: Year 12 and 13
What made them so good: In my first year this woman hated me, and was the devil in disguise. Indeed there was something of a just cause...the leap up from GCSE to ALevels was a very big surprise, and I just didn't have the maturity or study skills to cope all that well. Anyway, I got little encouragement, and she pretty much wrote me off as a competent Chemist. This was a surprise, I'd always been considered an intelligent and gifted individual. It hurt alot tbh, it was like a big chunk of my identity had been stripped from me. Anyway, towards the end of the year I pulled up my socks and she noticed. In the second year she went as far as to say I could get staright As (a step up from her D prediction the previous year!). Her appraoch was firm but kind which was exactly what I needed to kick the complacency out of me. The whole experience developed my maturity significantly and now I have the correct attitude towards studies. If it wasn't for this teacher I doubt I'd have got my head sorted tbh, and I wouldn't have the same academic esteem I have now. It was incredibly rewarding swaying her opinion on me, and even more rewarding going up from a solid C at AS to an A =D

Username: ClaireHogben
My favourite teacher: Miss Hudson
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: A level
What made them so good: Miss Hudson was a fantastic teacher and also a good friend to a lot of her students. Every day she was a friendly face on the corridors, and she had one of those really infectious smiles.
In Maths lessons she was loved for her patience, she could recognise someone who was struggling or getting stressed and she was always willing to help and work through the questions even if it meant extra lessons in her rare free time. She knew when topics were difficult. I remember one day studying division of polynomials when Miss Hudson announced "Wow, you all look stressed, I hate this stuff too". Then she went to her office and returned with several large bags of chocolate buttons, and even some grapes for the diet-conscious girls at the back.

Outside of the classroom, Miss Hudson was always willing to help someone in need. In year 13 she acted as my personal agony aunt for a few months and the help she provided got me through a very hard time. She looked out for each and every student, even those she didn't teach, and could always be counted on as a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on. A lot of people at my school owe her a lot, and I hope she knows how appreciated she is.

Username: T23
My favourite teacher: Mr Hales
What they taught: History
When they taught me: GCSE
What made them so good: The man was inspiring. He knew his student had potential and did his upmost to get that potential out of them. He wasn't one to mince his words, the students respected him. The more intelligent, he challenged them to reach the stars , those not so intelligent he made them believe they too could open up doors. He inspired me in History but the lessons we learned with him taught not only about history but also about ourselves.

Username: Timewarp
My favourite teacher: Mrs Beynon
What they taught: History
When they taught me: Year 8 through to the end of GCSE
What made them so good: Back at the start of year 8 I really really didn't like history but by the end of it I gained a love for the subject, I put it to Mrs B that I gained that love. She pushed me to do my best but she always knew if I was struggling and needed some extra help and gave me that help. She managed to take me from someone who really struggled with subjects such as history to someone who did really well in it. Now I'm doing it for AS and can see myself potentially doing it for a degree. She was amazing and I think I would have even less confidence in myself and my ability than I currently do so she was by far my favourite teacher.

Username: Bucket head
My favourite teacher: Mrs Driver
What they taught: A range of subjects, specialising in Maths.
When they taught me: Year 6.
What made them so good: At the time, I'd never have said Mrs Driver was my favorite. Not a chance, quite the opposite if anything. It was only towards the end of my time at primary school when I had the chance to reflect on her impact upon me.
Without being disrespectful, she was notorious for being a battleaxe and pupils were genuinley scared of her when it was decided they were in her class. This wasn't her at all though, it was just her teaching style which by the end of the year had rubbed off, and you could see the person beneath the teacher, desperate for her pupils to do well.

It was her Friday morning mental arithmatic quizzes which she was best known/feared for. We would all be desperate to get good marks to impress her, and was a good way of making you feel awful if you did poorly - a great technique to make sure you made up for it next time.

Looking back now, I think she was probably the first teacher to put any amount of pressure on myself, which prepared me well for secondary school and the future pressures that would come with it. A lot of people will recall their favorite teachers as smiley and friendly, but she was a great example of the exact opposite. You had to earn her respect and maintain it. Fantastic teacher (i'd like to add also that she won a teacher of the year award in my county a few years ago now, recognising her achievements).

Username: kflynn
My favourite teacher: Mr Douglas
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: A-levels
What made them so good: The way in which he could just turn the most complex thing, into something so simple and esay to understand. His knowledge and understanding of Science, but Chemistry in particular was exceptional. Which is why on my final year of my A-levels he was given "head of Science" status, that he deserved. He was always there any time of the day to help, and made all problems disappear. He also had the added bonus of being a very very nice guy, and could thoroughly relate to us with most things. As he was a young teacher, only about 26, he was always up for a laugh, and was always happy to chat about things, including football banter.

Username: natty_d
My favourite teacher: Mrs Cooper
What they taught: Religious Studies
When they taught me: Year 7 Form Tutor, I then escaped her until GCSE. Sadly I didn't do RS at A Level!
What made them so good: Mrs Cooper's 'legendary' RS debates, and teaching style are something to behold. Not at all biased in the least, Mrs Cooper managed to inspire some of most intelligent arguments out of our year. Whether it was debate on Abortion, Euthanasia, or the wearing of the Muslim hijab, she engaged with all of the members of our class. Mrs Cooper made sure that we learnt in all sorts of ways possible. She took us on trips including a large baptist church and a Buddhist temple, and went out of her way to bring outside speakers to inform us from all sides of the story. She ran extra revision sessions twice a week for those who missed lessons or just those who were eager to learn more. I don't think there is many of our class that can forget the very lively 'Evolution vs Creationism' debate, which involved one of our biology teachers bellowing at the top of his voice and banging his fist violently on a table. Horrified by the barbaric sight in front of her, Mrs Cooper jibed 'No wonder you believe you come from an ape!' Mrs Cooper was never afraid to say something controversial, possibly because she wanted to provoke students into articulating and forming their own point of view, and because of this she earned my respect. Everyone enjoyed the lessons (and the cakes, Mrs Cooper was, and still is an incredible baker!) and the fair amount of homework associated with Religious Studies, so its no wonder that most of our class got A*s and A's at GCSE.
Sadly enough, I didn't always like Mrs Cooper, probably because I didn't have the best start with her as a form tutor in Year 7! I found it very hard to deal with other kids, who made picked on me. To say the least, I had a few anger management issues! Mrs Cooper picked up on this, and would try and talk me about it. I was consistently rude to her until one day, she managed to finally break me out of my arrogant shell. I now look to Mrs Cooper for advice (as a sort of mentor) and she also managed to secure me a very insightful internship with an investment management fund.

Username: B
My favourite teacher: Mrs Margie
What they taught: History
When they taught me: A level
What made them so good: She was soo understanding when i lost my mum and always had the time to speak to me. She had lost her own mother at the same age and so could empathise! She had such energy in her teaching, and if we ever told her we didnt like an aspect of her teaching, she would adjust it to fit us She is one of the reasons why I am certain that teaching is the right career path for me

Username: Adam92
My favourite teacher: Mr Wade
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: Year 7
What made them so good: He used to dance if we all did our homework. Never before have I seen so many young people actually WANT to do homework. Plus he was really fat, so the dancing was absolutely hilarious. Good times (:

Username: JamesyB
My favourite teacher: Mr. Daffern
What they taught: Religion and Philosophy
When they taught me: Years 10/11
What made them so good: He used to play an out-of-tune guitar and sing badly in our lessons.

Username: super-emily
My favourite teacher: Ms Poole
What they taught: nothing really
When they taught me: reception class, eg from ages 4-5
What made them so good: My primary school was, at that time, against encouraging children that could already read from progressing into harder books - everyone was meant to learn the alphabet together. Many parents (including mine) argued with the system, as surely each child is at different levels, etc etc, but in the end she was forced to leave. I never forgot how she challenged me to read more often, and when I didn't want to, and to fight ridiculous, bureaucratic rules. She inspired me completely, and we are still in contact.

Username: Ashimar
My favourite teacher: Professor John Childs
What they taught: History
When they taught me: 1st,2nd and 3rd Year History
What made them so good: He was one of these old school style professors. One who'd just walk into lectures sit down at the front and start talking. No messing about with powerpoint presentation or whiteboards. Just him talking to the group of us, now for many this isn't the most preferred method for lectures, but for me something clicked he gave me an interest in an area of history which I never thought I would have done. To the extent that my dissertation was based on his subject area. Although he could be stern and disdainful at moments if you needed help he was always willing to go through something again with you and he had a most excellent dry sense of humour which not everyone gets.

Username: Booger
My favourite teacher: Karl "KT" Thompson
What they taught: Sociology
When they taught me: A2
What made them so good: Karl was a man of great stature. Standing at about 6'5"/6" He walked around with a face like thunder, looking like death warmed up most days. You imagined, if you were never taught by him that this gentle giant's lessons would be monotonous, conducted in silence and uninteresting. How ever by his sole existence he taught that appearances truly are deceptive. The first day back at college I learned I would have Karl for Sociology. The previous year I'd done very well, found the lessons interesting but too easy. I had liked my teacher. How ever from the beginning he was a reasonable man. He didn't care whether or not you had done your homework. Strangely though this only inspired his students to do it. As we learnt more we found out, he had travelled the world and really investigated his subject, learning about as many different cultures as he could.
This was not a man who did a degree in social science purely because he could, but because he loved it, he was impassioned. He'd spent about a year living homeless where he met lots of interesting characters, prior to gaining his degree. He is famous for saying such things as "If you're feeling cold then think happy sociological thoughts and tell your parents to turn the central heating down, its probably relative." Along with "I'm happy knowing that I'm insignificant, that way when I'm gone, no one will miss me and I'm easily replaced." These were pearls or wisdom that no other could give. We learnt so much more. He recognised those with a flare for the subject and turned it from mundane, full of work sheets to inspiring. Encouraging personal research rather than filling out another sheet. You could spend all day talking to this man in the pub and still be enthralled and come away knowing more, but feeling like you know less. Truly one of the greatest teachers I've ever known.

Username: Posh608
My favourite teacher: Mrs Meenakshi
What they taught: History
When they taught me: IGCSE & IB
What made them so good: Apart from the fact that shes IB coordinator and misses half the classes, shes a really fun person to learn history with. =) i remember that once during class, this woodpecker pissed her off so much and her reaction was so funny! and also she makes sure that you really understood everything. I'll miss her classes =(

Username: SoapyDish
My favourite teacher: Mr Makris
What they taught: Maths
What level they taught: All the way through from year 7-13, I had him for year 9 and year 12-13
What made them so good: Through year 10 and 11 I had a different Maths teacher, who started me off on the AS Maths course. The trouble was, her teaching style really didn't suit me, and I didn't understand the way she explained some things. This meant that I hated some topics because I just couldn't get them - trig and series mostly. Then I came into year 12, and Mr Makris had a completely different way of explaining these things, like explained sin, cos and tan on a circular graph instead of a wavy one. Plus he's a young-ish teacher, and was very laidback and jokey. It made me look forward to Maths lessons

Username: Vegcar
My favourite teacher: Mr. Robinson
What they taught: Art and Design/ Photography
When they taught me: GCSE and AS-Level
What made them so good: With tireless wit and energy and a complete devotion to the work and pastoral care of his pupils, Mr. Robinson is by far one of my favourite teachers. At only 26 and with a young family to support, he was forever staying late throughout my GCSE Art course to help with coursework and exam preparation- and there was never any question that he would stay. An eccentric but highly intelligent teacher with a quirky sense of humour and take on life, he's as much a friend to many A-Level students as a teacher. He makes the coursework burden of design subjects so much lighter!

Username: Anonymous
My favourite teacher: Mr Bell
What they taught: Geography - GCSE
When they taught me: Year 7, 9 and 11
What made them so good: Mr Bell is a fairly young teacher, recently married to his wife and he's brilliant. He literally is a brilliant teacher. He was always super enthusiastic, making the lessons fun. He had a great sense of humour and was a great friend to his students. I remember that after school, he used to read all my lame poems and comment on them too, suggesting improvements. I mean, which Geography teacher does that anyway? I had always been good at Geography in years 7-10, but at GCSE I started to fail after losing interest in the subject. Mr Bell wasn't very impressed and I promised I'd get an A. Because he was such a great teacher, he helped me achieve that A.

Username: Anonymous
My favourite teacher: Miss Swain
What they taught: English - GCSE
When they taught me: Year 11
What made them so good: I'd never had Miss Swain before and had heard that she could be scary. So, I was a bit worried about attending her classes. But as the days started passing, I realised she was a great teacher. I had been predicted a C for GCSE English because I hadn't done too well in my Year 9 SATS, but Miss Swain helped me get an A in both English Literature and English Language. I still remember her lessons and wish I was back in high school. She just knew how to control a class. Everyone did her homework and everyone listened to her. She was simply superb. Unlike other teachers, on the last day of term, she'd make you work and not watch a movie. Simply put, she helped me realise my writing potential. She taught me valuable study skills and I really benefited from her classes. I feel I can write much better due to her. Cheers, Miss!

Username: ANON
My favourite teacher: Mr Quinlunn
What they taught: P.E
When they taught me: GCSE

Username: Botticello
My favourite teacher: Mr. Dawson
What they taught: Latin
When they taught me: Year 9 - 12
What made them so good: When I started secondary school I was a nervous little thing and hated it, and was reluctant to put in 100% because I wanted to leave. In year 9 I elected to choose latin among a choice of that, spanish and german. Even now I'm so glad I did. His passion for his subject and patience and kindness got me really interested in latin, and helped me quite like school and the work. He always had interesting little stories to tell and had so much funny banter when we carried on to the 6th form and was the best lesson by far. I also hold so much respect for him for confiding with a student (me) on a sensitive matter to explain why he had to leave the school, as it must take a lot of trust to do that. I achieved A's in the exams too, which also was the result of his help.

Username: tulipfleur
My favourite teacher: Mrs Puddy
What they taught: Food technology
When they taught me: GCSE
What made them so good: At the beginning of GCSEs I had a teacher who said I would only just scrape a C in Food Technology, but in the end I got an A*, and it was all down to Mrs Puddy. She made everything seem so simple, and her lessons were always bright, cheery and we always had a bit of a laugh. She'd give help to anyone who needed it, not just in lesson- you could go and talk to her about any other problems too. She was great when you just needed a chat. Now I'm doing A-level Food Technology, but sadly Mrs Puddy isn't my teacher anymore. If I'm early for my lesson I try and nip next door to see her. It's rare you get a teacher that nice that you want to see out-of-lesson. Everyone loves Mrs Puddy!

Username: Phyllobates terribilis
My favourite teacher: Mr Perkins
What they taught: Media Studies
When they taught me: Year 9-11
What made them so good: He is a motivational character who is always up for a laugh and answers any questions possible. He is rather funny and is always cracking jokes. He makes sure we get the work done and he has helped me with my questions about future careers and career routes. I'll be sad to leave his class at the end of of year 11 because he'll be one of those teachers who everyone remembers. I always see him on the corridor and say hello to him. He is always happy and obviously his passion is teaching.

Username: Anon
My favourite teacher: Mr Langford
What they taught: History
When they taught me: Part of GCSE and AS/A2
What made them so good: Kevin Langford is without a doubt the greatest teacher ever. Creates a relaxed atmosphere, yet he manages to make us all get the work done, even though every lesson it feels like we've just been having fun. Genius, understands the way most teens think, cracks jokes with us. Also, especially since AS, he has managed to help us avoid extra reading because his own notes are so good. Everyone got an A or a B in his paper last year, and not one single person dropped history in my class. Just amazing

Username: ClaireW2708
My favourite teacher: Mr Walker
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: GCSE
What made them so good: He knew exactly how to motivate a class, last period on Monday and Friday, which is when he had us. He controlled our fairly unruly class without raising his voice once in two years, because we all had such respect for him. Always willing to help, with chemistry or any other problems, he taught us without us realising we were learning. Mr Walker also knew how to connect with us - he was all round excellent! We all passed well and a large number took the subject to AS-Level, having hated it at the beginning or Year 10.

Username: Sofina
My favourite teacher: Mrs Cambell
What they taught: Child Development
When they taught me: Year 10-11
What made them so good: Amongst being accused on every essay i handed in of plagerism, I had fun in her lessons. she was a good teacher who ACTUALLY liked teaching and who could ACTUALLY teach and she ACTUALLY liked us. She knew i regarded child development as a doss subject-- it is im not going to lie i was 1 mark off an A* for my GCSE with no revision-- yet she still pushed me~when i thought i didn't really want pushing.

Username: russianroullette
My favorite teacher: Mrs. F
What they taught: French
When they taught me: Year 11
What made them so good: could not get through a lesson without laughing at her. She's mad (NO JOKE). She goes off on a rant every five minutes about some life experience. My friend saw her in Woolworths, stood next to her waiting for her to look at her to say hi. Mrs. F thought she was a salesgirl and told her to go away! She has a badge saying "je suis perdu" (I am lost). We asked her why and she said "lost in life". This paragraph really isn't going to be much interest to anyone who reads it, you have to be there to understand. All the same, I love her.

Username: marcusmerehay
My favourite teacher: Mr Murchison
What they taught: Product Design
When they taught me: Year 7, Year 9, A-Level
What made them so good: He had an uncanny knack of being able to be both angry and hilarious at the same time. He would come in to a group of 8 grinning faces at A-Level and say 'So...has everyone finished their coursework then?', knowing full well that the deadline had passed quite some time ago, and getting the reaction 'errr.....not quite, but I can have it finished by the end of the week'. He allowed this to happen several times before eventually saying 'You have three days. No more.' Amazingly enough everyone managed to finish.
He always used to bring out-of-date jokes to lessons along with a laptop full of the latest songs, even though he was well into his fifties. The only teacher to allow us to eat in the workshop, he admired me for bringing in a large pack of Yog Fruits to the Friday lessons, and laughed as one of the other pupils scoffed all of them down before anyone had a chance. Great guy. Shame he retired the year after I finished, really.

My favourite teacher: Miss N Mamoun
What they taught: Biology
When they taught me: Years 11, 12, and 13
What made them so good: Nobody goes above and beyond the curriculum as much as she did - in a good way of course. She stretches and challenges us, and this pays off both in terms of results and our passion for her subject. Every lesson is very well prepared, and her PowerPoint presentations got us through AS with flying colours. She knows her stuff and this is conveyed in her teaching. She really cares about us and our progress, and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure we achieve what we are capable of. She has been a real inspiration in every way.

Username: rrea436
My favourite teacher: Mr. P.S. Kerr
What they taught: History
When they taught me: Year 9 - 14
What made them so good: he is cool and funny and was able to teach us everything by half term so we just practised exam questions ( which was good for me because knoweledge is good but putting it on a page is not ) did i mention that he is competly down to earth and a great laugh outside the classroom.

Username: BookWormShanti
My favourite teacher: Mrs Webb
What they taught: English
When they taught me: Year 10 to (hopefully) 13
Really, really inspirational - now I'm determined to keep English up to Uni, as if I ever doubted it! Helped me so much to go beyond the syllabus, given me really helpful feedback always. Recently spent hours and hours of her time helping me to perfect a story, so kind! She is actually the maddest teacher I have ever she pretended to be a seagull in the Caribbean, catching a fish, then a fishermen catching the fish, then the seagull being squashed by a lorry. How cool is she??!!

Username: zebra-zahra
My favourite teacher: Mrs Jacobs
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: GCSE
What madе them so good: Well, I think Mrs Jacobs is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Not only was she a fantastic teacher, she was also a brilliant friend. Her lessons were always interesting & she'd regularly go off on a tangent (no pun intended!), telling us about her life, her children and her (amazingly handsome) husband. Every Friday she'd hold after-school lessons and would always bring us tea & biscuits On a Monday morning she'd play music as we worked to "ease us in to the week" and even let us listen to our iPods! My favourite memory of her was on the school trip to Spain - she stayed up with us all night, gossiping and generally acting like a teenager even though she was 35! She really cared about her students and always asked if there was anything we needed help with, no matter what the subject was! I miss her so much now that I'm doing AS Maths in college with totally miserable teacher I know she probably sounds as though she didn't actually teach us anything, but in our class of 28 students there were 19 A*s, 8 As and 1B

Username: Accalia
My favourite teacher: Mrs Lewis
What they taught: English
When they taught me: GCSE
What made them so good: Well, she was a complete and utter psycho. She made links between all the poems on the syllabus and sex - sometimes drifting into necrophilia or murder, too. She was also very funny, didn't mind when we played pranks on her (one time she left the classroom to try and skive a few cupcakes off the food department, and when she came back we were all hiding under the tables) and used to show us pictures of her daughter and tell us funny anecdotes -- especially when they involved her daughter waking up in the middle of the night and being sick all over her husband. But, don't think she failed as a teacher. The average grade in my class was A, with a few A* and 1 B.

Username: Sweekune
My favourite teacher: Mrs Burbidge
What they taught: Chemistry
When they taught me: A-level
What made them so good: She made chemistry interesting and not so stressful. The jump from GCSe to A-level was quite hard for some of us and she never expected us to know everything or treated us like we were thick, even when we asked really stupid questions. For our exams and investigations she's been awesome with the support and is always there if we need some advice, chemical or otherwise. She is our chemistry-mum and we will all miss her when we leave!

Username: Bun
My favourite teacher: Mr Rigby
What they taught: History
When they taught me: Year 9
What made them so good: Although just a few years off retirement, he was the most enthusiastic teacher I have ever had. He was even able to make the most boring topics in history become interesting and exciting. As well as this, he was the most knowledgeable person I have ever met. He had his own library, and you could ask him anything, (about history) and he could speak to you for over an hour on the topic. As well as this, he was really supportive, and even though he retired a while back, the school still remembers him, and for the new history club at school we have got a photo of him photoshopped onto the Lord Kitchener poster, even though many yeargroups have never seen him, they all know who he is, such was the impression he made on everybody he taught.

Username: Hotchoc and Muffins
My favourite teacher: Let's just call him Mr J
What they taught: Maths
When they taught me: Year 7 - 11
What made them so good: It was clear that he loved his subject. He'd often show us a formula, stand back from the board and say "Now, isn't that beautiful?" And his enthuiasm was catchy. He'd make up silly catch phrases to help us remember things. With algebra he would always say, "Like Johnny Cash, do it one step at a time" and did a kong-fu style sign to show two minuses make a plus. He had a perfect balance of authority and aimability. No one ever forgot their homework or talked over him, not only out of respect but because, if you did, you felt like you personally had disappointed him. He had such faith in every one of his pupils, even the ones who weren't as good at maths. Although he could be strict, he wasn't afraid to digress and once we spent a whole lesson discussing the universe, what's out there/could be out there, the meaning of life.. Although I wasn't one of his loudest students, everyone knew and respected Mr J and I just feel so grateful that he taught me!

Username: Midnight_Firefly
My favourite teacher: Mr D'Onofrio
What they taught: RS
When they taught me: Yr 7 - 11
What made them so good: I can't think of a single person who has a bad word to say about Mr D. He's the only teacher I know who'll jump onto a table and do a dance mid-lesson, for no other reason than to make us laugh. No matter how young or old the class was, he'd use immature jokes, lively songs, sweets, and sheer enthusiasm to get the class laughing and enjoying his lessons, which was reflected in the 10 minute 'thunderclap' we gave him when he announced he was leaving the school at the end of yr 11 - drowning out even the head's efforts to calm us down - and the tears of students who'd known him for many years. He put the students above any other task he had to do, no matter how urgent, and treated us all with more respect than anyone else gave us; He never shouted at a student, took all advice and opinions no matter how weird seriously, and treated us all as if we actually mattered. In return, he expected us to show him the same respect - and we DID. I never heard anyone talk over him or while he was speaking, and anything he personally asked you to do would be done come hell or high water so as not to dissappoint him! He also encouraged us to debate things rather than accept them, and never put one viewpoint forward as better or more correct than another.
This was not the only great thing about him however - he had a genuine passion for teaching, and liked to help all his students, no matter their ability, go above and beyond their potential. He famously held revision sessions every day approaching the GCSE exams, some lasting up to three hours after school officially ended. This ended with 50 of our year getting an A or A* for their final RS grade, and the other 11 getting a B - something many of us thought impossible until then. Mr D. refused to accept that any of his students could not achieve the grade they desired, and his pure, renlentless, unwavering belief in us was both an inspiration and an encouragement, that has helped me to this day!

Username: cpdavis
My favourite teacher: Dr Bennett
What they taught: Science
When they taught me: Year 11
What made them so good: Dr Bennett was different to all the other science teachers that I had, as she was able to show me the passion for science that I had but once lost. Although I did think that she disliked me throughout the year, she was able to then give me the encouragement to do well, as she knew that I had the potential. Whenever I needed help, she was there to help me. And this did pay off, as in her module, I was able to get the highest score in the class and the highest overall grade in the class

My favourite teacher:'Mr Wilson
What they taught:RE, dep year head/mentor'
When they taught me:year 8, year 10-11/12-13'
What made them so good: He knew exactly how to calm me down, he knew what to say and he got me out of so much trouble. if it wasnt for him, i wouldnt of made it out of year 11 and deffinatly not into 6th form. hes an amazing teacher and so many people have said they fully understand what hes talking about. hes helped me realise what i want to do in life, whereas before i was quite happy being an alcoholic bum as i put it, and i honestly think if it wasnt for him, i would of turned out like that... hes helped me so bloomin much!'

My favourite teacher:'Dr Knowels
What they taught:'English/SENCO
When they taught me:'year 8 onwards
What made them so good:' He is very funny, and clever, he taught me english and looked after me as SENCO, he always listened and taught you to look at books in new ways! He also took part in my numerous University Challenges that I organized and put up with the chaos and disorder of them all! A truly inspirational man - who I'm lucky to have had teach me!!

Username: Justeen910
My favourite teacher: Mrs. B
What they taught: French
When they taught me: GCSE and A-Level
What made them so good: Although from the first impression you may find this teacher a little scary or anything like, if you're the right kind of student you'll find that in fact, she's one of the best teachers anyone could ask for. I can't remember much of her teaching from GCSE, I know that she's very committed and passionate about helping young people learn languages - it's partly due to her that I decided to take A-level French and then continue onto university with it. As for A-level, lessons were much more relaxed and sometimes you could get her talking about something which might be completely irrelevant to the course. In Year 13, she volunteered to go on a field trip to Strasbourg, so that the 6 students who the department thought should be able to go, could, as normally only 2 students would go, by themselves. It still makes me wonder how she managed to put up with some of the most crazy and noisy students at an airport in the early hours...
Also, it's not just this teacher's contribution in the classroom which makes her so amazing, I was lucky enough to feel that I could open up to her when things were bad. I truly believe that it was down to her that I was able to go and see my doctor (about mental health issues) and that I am now on the road to recovery. She's been like a second mother to me, so I told her so by writing her a 3-page letter in French! I owe so much to this woman, I really do, and it makes me more comfortable about the future knowing that we're going to stay in touch. Finally, I think, even if you're not the most perfect student in the world, if you show her the respect she well and truly deserves then you'll get along fine with her. It's a shame so many people don't realise this.

One day, I hope to follow in her footsteps!

Username: AmyLH
My favourite teacher: Mr Mayes
What they taught: Geography
When they taught me: 1st year of GCSE
What made them so good: He was always telling us about his many trips around the world even if they had little or no relation to the lesson he was teaching. We went on a field trip for 3 days in Swanage and it was such a good laugh. He was the only teacher I think I can say that was genuinely enthusiastic about their subject. I'll never forget his rants about the History department either!

Username: Tam_Diman
My favourite teacher: Mr Harrison
What they taught: Music
When they taught me: Year 10-11
What made them so good: Even though we only had two lessons a week, Mr Harrison would always allow us to use the practice rooms whenever we wanted: after school; during lunch; even after exams were finished and he had lessons with other classes. Since I have always wanted to perform music as a career (I still do now), whenever I would make a music piece, he would listen and give his honest opinion of it, which (admittedly) wasn't always good, but when he does give a negative opinion, he will always tell me how to improve it. I also got into singing because of him.
Apparently, he taught Dizzee Rascal at a different school, so he has at least one success story... He also did this.

Username: SpiritedAway
My favourite teacher: Miss. N
What she teaches: German, French, Italian, Spanish and once a year, Swedish
When she taught me: Yr. 13
What makes her so good: She was totally crazy, so every lesson was enjoyable and memorable. I actually enjoyed going to the lessons, and the essays and creative writing pieces (out of class) were also fun. She was more like a friend than a teacher, and lessons included coffee and biscuits and chats but we still always learnt something and still got us all into our unis. She was approachable, if I felt like I wasn't understanding it, I didn't just bumble on trying to get it and failing, like in my other subjects, I felt I could speak up. She knew her subject, which was more than what many of my teachers could say, and she had a knack for teaching and could express a difficult and abstract topic, in such a simple way.

Username: Planckton
My favourite teacher: Mr Brackstone
What they taught: Physics
When they taught me: A-Level
What madе them so good: He really connected with students, I think almost any student would happily go to him with a personal problem, purely because he genuinely does care. He gives out praise when it's deserved, and tells you its crap if it is (if you'll benefit from that) or suggest some questions to work on or volunteer his lunchtime to help. He is receptive to everyone's needs and knows that every student will respond to a different style of teaching. His lessons are engaging and he manages to teach us everything and dedicate a couple of lessons to jousting and badminton (I kid you not). Year 12 was a blast, got 97% A so he actually was a good teacher! Also went the extra mile by replying to my panicked emails at 12am!! More of a friend than an authority figure despite being head of science, and then came on World Challenge with us. Made sure we were safe and 'encouraged' us towards making decisions that perhaps we may not have made without his input, but we still felt like it was our own decision. He's just really good at reading people, which I think is a dying skill.

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