What heads of humanity, heads of history and PSHE leads had to say about Paul’s interaction with KS3 and KS5 students
“I just want to thank you for your work here. We really appreciated the time you spent with us and the feedback from the students was very positive … I have attached the very positive response sent to me by a member of the teaching staff who was present at one of your sessions
Paul Crooks delighted JFS students with his presentation of his search for his African roots. He is able to trace his family for 7 generations back to his original ancestor who was sold into slavery in Ghana and transported on a slave ship to Jamaica. He graphically described how he went about his research and what he uncovered about the terrible history of slavery and his family’s place within it. This resonated with our students many of whom are involved in researching their own family histories with, in some cases, their own very sad stories of persecution.
…you really inspired the students you worked with. We will hope to see you again at JFS!
Blue Coat Church of England Academy, Walsall
I know my year sevens enjoyed your talk. They were full of enthusiasm!
Head of Humanities
…he challenged stereotypes…even the normally silent students at the back were putting hands up to ask questions.
Deputy Head of Year 8
…our classes really enjoyed your sessions. The students certainly gained further knowledge, thanks to your teaching.
Head of History
You may recall visiting Wexham School last October and working with our Year 9 students in the library for the day. It was a really valuable and positive day for our students.
I am emailing to ask … for a return visit in October.
Leader of History
I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the pupils … hopefully we can arrange something similar again.
Deputy Head of Humanities Faculty 2014
I wanted to ask if it would be possible for you to visit the school again and deliver an assembly on the 30th November 2015 and again on the 1st December on slavery and Black History. Your previous assembly was great, so if you could do a similar thing
Deputy Head of Humanities Faculty 2015
Thank you for giving us such insight on Black History. The students and staff are still talking about how informative your talks were. You had the students engaged and mesmerised.
I will most definitely invite you back to Mayfield.
Paul Crooks came in and gave talks to our year 8, 12 and 13 students. He really managed to engage them with his inspiring story about searching for his ancestral roots. His description of the slave trade was effective and touching and I think the students left the talks with a whole new perspective on the topic. The feedback has been extremely positive. I am receiving requests for his books and there was a little queue of year 8 students wanting his autograph at the end of the talk.”
“Paul – thank you so much for such a fabulous day. The kids loved it (they’ve been in at break to borrow your books – I need to get on to Amazon and fast!). I will be recommending you at the various librarian meetings I attend throughout the year.”Hurlingham & Chelsea School
“The school organised for author Paul Crooks to come in and give an assembly to the whole school followed by workshops for Y7 students. The assembly was truly inspiring and got the whole school talking. Each of the Y7 classes then had a workshop with Paul on the finer points of family history research; the workshops generated so many questions for the students the Humanities department has decided to continue the subject as a Citizenship project.”
It was a real pleasure to have you visit us and thank you for your hard work! We all enjoyed the day and I have had very positive feedback from the staff involved!
Enjoy the rest of the summer and once we return after the holidays I will contact you again.
We received some very positive comments from staff, students and also visiting parents.
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School – Kingsbury
Paul presented an informative and inspiring Key Stage 2 assembly, linked to our celebration of Black History Month. His talk led to interesting discussions about the importance of family and knowing our historical links.
We would like to thank Paul for the continuous support he has given to the pupils of our school over the years. He is an important role model for our children.