PGCE Feedback!

At Swanlea we pride ourselves in providing the best opportunities for our students, staff and also our PGCE students. As a teaching school we strive to inspire future teachers by delivering a positive and rewarding experience at Swanlea School.
At the end of every PGCE student’s time, we ask them for feedback on their experiences at Swanlea. See below for a few comments made by some former student teachers.


“The colleagues in the BIS faculty were very kind and friendly from the start. They made the faculty staffroom a pleasant and safe environment to be. They were willing to help me any time despite their busy schedules, making me feel like a part of their team from the beginning.”

Ms. Fijiwala, Economics


“I enjoyed taking part in weekly meetings and I believe it helped me to improve fundamental teacher values and gave me the opportunity to ask all sorts of questions regarding my ongoing development as a teacher.”

– Mr. Bailey, PE


“Swanlea has been a very supportive place to learn how to teach music and I have enjoyed it immensely. I would recommend Swanlea as a good place to train to teach.”

-Mr. Clark-Maxwell, Music



“The student centred learning session delivered through the City Excellence Partnership was incredibly helpful in highlighting and emphasising the importance of ensuring students are challenged and engaged.”

-Ms. Omar, Social Science


“The quality of support I received from my mentor from my very first day was nothing short of amazing. From my very first day, I felt very welcome at Swanlea as part of the team and faculty […] I have personally had an amazing experience during my time here and would like to return to teach here in the future.”

-Mr. Chowdhury, Economics


“I would recommend Swanlea 110%. I started this placement having thought I wasn’t good at teaching; I will leave this placement having secured an NQT position. This would not have been possible without the help and support I have received from everyone here at Swanlea.”

-Ms Hasan, History