SEE WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US...

SEE WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US...

"I just wanted to write and say a big "thank you" to the members of staff who have been involved in teaching my child. 

(My child) has typically found periods of transition quite tricky, but his first term at secondary school seems to have gone so smoothly. I am sure that this is down in no small part, to his teachers who have been so positive and, we feel, have already taken the time to get to know (our child). This really means a lot to (our child) and us! - thank you."

Year 7 Parent, Oct 2021

 

"I just wanted to feed back how much our child is enjoying his maths lessons...really enjoying the content and the way things are being taught. Also, a big "thank you" to Mrs Gopal who is supportive and informative..."

Year 7 Parent, Oct 2021

 

"We would just like to say how pleased we are with (our child)’s development over the years whilst ... a pupil at Chiltern Edge then MECE, both academically and his growth in confidence. We would like to say a big "thank you" to all the members of staff that have taught him and helped him over the years. We are so glad this lovely, underrated school was saved and hope it carries on going from strength to strength."

Year 11 Parents, May 2021

 

“Invigilating the recent series of exams in the hall, the candidates have conducted themselves intelligently and been totally co-operative.  Outstandingly the most amenable cohort I’ve experienced in 10 years.

Other pupils encountered on the site have universally been a credit to themselves, their parents and the school.

Clearly MECE is being steered in the right direction.”

Invigilator - Former Lecturer/Course-co-ordinator, Henley College, May 2021

 

“I'd like to thank the whole school for their support over the lockdown period, but I'd like to single out Mr Harte, who has helped me with numerous questions about my child... he has been great replying to my emails.  It was much appreciated. “

Year 10 Parent, March 2021

 

"I was dreading an online parents evening, but it turned out to be a miraculously smooth online event - we had meetings between 4.30 and 6.55 and everything ran incredibly smoothly. We really appreciate all of your staff being available to chat to us, particularly as it is options year. Thank you everyone."

Year 9 Parent, February 2021

 

"Just wanted to drop a quick thank you to you (Mrs Gopal) and Miss Cheeseman for Ollie’s treats on Friday. He was absolutely delighted and I’m told they were delicious! It was such a lovely thing for school to do 🙂 We have been so pleased with the online learning, it’s been truly fantastic, seamless and kept my son completely engaged. We are very grateful for all the effort that’s been put in to make this happen, which I know is huge."

Year 7 Parent, February 2021

 

"Lots to say from us! 

Voice Notes – our daughter misses the classroom SO much and to hear your feedback from you personally is by far better !! 

Tuesday – the (Holocaust) seminar was wonderful, my daughter was glowing at home with her report to us about it, she found it  very interesting, touching and also good for her history lessons.

Inset Day – I personally loved that you set the kids a challenge to be off their screens for the day.  My daughter did some sewing !  Came out on a walk with the dogs and also did a couch to 5K run.  She also kept her science tutor lesson and found it supportive!"

Year 11 Parent, January 2021

 

"I would like to say a huge thank you to all the teachers for their dedicated work and endless help! Everyday learning is running smoothly in our home...My daughter is happy and balanced without any worries of falling behind. MECE was our best choice for secondary school and it’s keep improving time by time. 

Thank you again!!"

Year 8 Parent, January 2021

 

"I just wanted to say how impressed I am with how the online learning has been organised. My child is so settled...and this is down to being able to see her teachers and friends and feeling supported. Please pass on my thanks to all the teachers I really appreciate all their hard work at this challenging time."

Year 8 Parent, January 2021

 

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all the hard work you & your dedicated staff are putting in to all the online lessons. I feel so lucky that my children attend MECE".

Year 8 and 11 Parent, January 2021

 

"Dear MECE Team,

We just wanted to write and thank all the staff for the efforts going on to provide learning and support for the students over the last 2 weeks.  The teachers seem to be hitting the right note with levels of engagement and independent work and volume of work, which has meant far fewer battles over work at our end - that is so well appreciated!"

Particular mentions from our household for these 2 weeks go to:

"Mr Allum, for demonstrating that he still knows what Year 9 students will be up to during the science quiz, even if they aren't in the same building and are separated by computers... all in good humour and nothing inappropriate of course (as parents we enjoyed hearing about this over dinner)".

"Mr Harte, for making year 9 English interesting and engaging".

"Mrs Grewal, for creating interesting and engaging English lessons for year 7".

"Miss Shepherd for her really good lessons and for the help and support she provides".

(The above feedback is from our children)

 

I had the opportunity to see (but not listen into) tutor time this morning ... it struck me how the teachers have in some ways been asked to become tv presenters and how well they are doing at it.  Such enjoyment and engaging smiles on their faces. We are sure there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes as well.  Thank you to everyone."

Year 7 and 9 Parent, January 2021

 

"I am writing to you to thank you and your staff for all the hard work that has gone into home schooling, my son has been so focused on his lessons and he is enjoying them too which makes this situation a lot easier. I really appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes with planning lessons...A special thanks has to go to Emma Bliss for the email she sent to me praising my son’s work, also to Sarah Bullivant, Jon Watterson and Darren Hunter for the support that you have given.

I am a very proud parent to say that my son goes to Maiden Erlegh Chitern Edge."

Year 7 Parent, January 2021

 

"I’d just like to say that the provision for students so far, given the circumstances, has been excellent. The use of virtual lessons in particular has been really good."

Year 8 and 10 Parent, January 2021

 

"Dear Mr Hartley,

Following your letter on Friday, we just wanted to write to you to say thank you to you and all your staff for the efforts you are making in these very difficult times. We are greatly reassured by your positive leadership.

Given the constantly changing advice and requirements we feel the school has done a great job in providing us with the information and educational needs for us to keep moving forward.

The online provisions have been very good and (my child) is still very much engaged, despite the GCSEs being cancelled, which is a credit to your staff."

Year 11 Parent, January 2021

 

"I wanted to email you to congratulate you and your team of amazing teachers/staff. I've been really impressed with the set-up for online learning this lockdown. The structure has been great and has kept both my children engaged... I just wanted to say well done, the firm structure to lessons has worked well. Although my child was really quite dedicated in Lockdown 1.0 there is no doubt that the live aspect is making engagement and learning much more comprehensive. "

Year 7 and 9 Parent, January 2021

 

"May I take this opportunity, to thank you for all that you have done since joining MECE, the difference you have made is fantastic... the students and parents do not receive the level of support that we are given from you and the staff at MECE".

Year 8 Parent, January 2021

 

"Thank you for all your efforts to keep the school running, to all appearances, normally this term.  No mean feat by any account.  It definitely wasn't an easy start for my son to adjust to school life again after 6 months out, but he did settle back in and has come home with a smile on his face every day - no doubt down to the consistency and support offered by MECE staff.  My daughter has loved every day of her first term at MECE and it feels like no adjustment was needed at all!

All credit to all of the staff, in what must have felt like the longest term in history.  With changes in expectations right up to the very end of term - it seems like the government just have an expectation that you will be able to deliver whatever whim they determine to run with.  To us, it seems like you achieve it too!"

Year 7 and 9 Parent, December 2020

 

Whatever the spring term brings, we hope you have the change to rest and relax over Christmas knowing that we have a strong community around MECE.

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you all, and to the rest of the staff, for a great term despite the incredibly challenging circumstances- which look to get even more challenging in January!! 

My child has been so well supported and encouraged... she knows there are lots of other members of staff who are there for her. 

 It is so wonderful that recognition is given not only for the high achievers, but also for children like ...who will probably never be ‘the best’, but can definitely be encouraged to be ‘their best’ - MECE is absolutely doing that for my child!"

Year 8 Parent, December 2020

 

"Very impressive parents evening @MEChilternEdge. Have to say I wasn't optimistic - first secondary parents evening - virtual, covering year 7&8 feedback in 5 mins with new tech. Couldn't have been proved more wrong. Staff were fully prep'd, and really 'knew' (my child), fab job everyone."

Year 8 Parent, November 2020

 

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for the safe return of my son's (belongings) which went missing at school. I really appreciated the care that was taken and the sensitive handling of this and will encourage him not to take them to school in the future! However, I did want to say a special thank you."

Year 11 Parent, October 2020

 

"Mr A. Hartley,

Thank you for an informative open evening. The video walk around the school on your website was also really great, and, combined with the drone footage, gave a much better idea of what the school (is like)."

Prospective Parent, October 2020

 

"Dear Mr Hartley,

Out of of all the virtual open evenings that we did, I can truly say that yours was the closest to a real open evening, my child thoroughly enjoyed it and found it entertaining and informative - it was good on a child and adult level where as unfortunately all the others were only aimed at the adults...all in all, very impressed. Thank you for the effort that you put in."

Prospective Parent, October 2020

 

"Morning Mr Yarwood 😀

Thank you so much for your email and kind words. That’s fantastic news that (my child) is continuing  to remain positive, it’s also really comforting to hear that (my child) can receive support if needed. Hope you have a wonderful day ! Keep on shining like the star 🌟 you are. you're all doing such an amazing job 😀 "

Year 9 Parent, September 2020

 

"I’m presuming this has happened since the Road works in Reades Lane have been causing problems for through traffic towards the school. However, witnessing the controlled and orderly fashion in which the pupils moved along towards the school under supervision this morning was impressive. Pupils and staff were also very well “turned-out” which was good to see ...Well done to all those in charge. From a past pupil of the 60s. My two daughters also attended  “Chiltern Edge” going on to have successful careers."

Local Resident, September 2020

 

"...been very impressed with the face-face schooling provision that has been made available, and the regular contact that has been made by tutors and teachers (during lockdown)."

Year 10 Parent, July 2020

 

"I would like to extend a “shout out” to Miss Mallon for the support she has been to my son for the assessment written today. She was online this morning answering questions even with it being an inset day!  She has really been awesome. My son has really been stretched with the paper, but it was a good stretch!

I would also like to thank Miss Swayne - WOW! There are not enough words of praise for her! The way she has organised the lessons, marked them and given feedback has been beyond all expectations! My son’s love for science has remained strong during this time because of the feeling of being recognised! She is an asset to the school!

I would also like to thank Mr Burningham and Miss Cheeseman for all that they did to help my son settle into school when he joined in... The 6 short weeks before lockdown started really set a solid foundation for him. Setting up the buddy programme...was just what he needed! The regular calls during the lock down have not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated by all of us...

Last but definitely not least to to you and your admin & teaching teams THANK YOU! Your consistent and informative communication, your proactive roll out of Google Classroom, your passion for what you do, your dedication to the quality education and positive outlook is needed and appreciated during this time of change. We are truly blessed to be part of MECE! "

Year 7 Parent, July 2020

 

"Dear staff of MECE, thank you for supporting my daughter over the last 14 weeks, I do appreciate all the help, you are all AMAZING."

Year 8 Parent, June 2020

 

"...it has been great when some teachers have recorded a lesson for them to watch.  I feel it gives them that connection back to school and it's good for parents to put a face to the name. Recorded assemblies have also been great.

I'd also like to thank the teachers that are providing the pop up school my son is now attending.  It has already helped him a great deal.

I'm looking forward to September. Keep up the great work MECE."

Year 9 Parent, June 2020

 

"All 3 kids have really benefited from being back at MECE part time, so a big thank you too, to you and your team, for their support."

Year 7 Parent, June 2020

 

"We  watched the Year 11 leavers assembly yesterday, which was really touching....

As we follow your  weekly MECE  updates,  we can see the positivity you are  bringing to the school... Your handling of these strange times, your support of the staff and your vision of where the school is going offers us mixed feelings - thrilled for the school but sad our son won’t be a part of it...

As we move forward it won’t just be our son who will miss MECE and the staff, we will too. We wish you luck and  look forward to seeing the school flourish once again under your leadership. Many thanks to you and your wonderful staff."

Year 11 Parent, June 2020

 

"What a week! How lovely it was to see my child in his school uniform (which were not swinging from his ankles!) At 6.30, yes! 6.30 on Wednesday morning, ready for his year 10 provision. Then to drop him off and see other students all waiting out the front sent me into an unexpected emotional drive home! It honestly felt like his first day at school! 

Followed by the tears came reflection and I just couldn't be prouder, of how everyone has worked so incredibly hard together...whilst I'm happy to pass the teaching baton back over to the incredibly inspiring teaching staff I am not going to sit back and take my foot off the pedal.

We are, more than ever, a team which I feel is growing stronger week by week. 

So, thank you so very much for all your hard work, looking after and educating our children whilst balancing your own commitments 🤩 it is very much appreciated. "

Year 10 Parent, June 2020

 

"Thanks are also due to you (Mr Watterson) and the rest of the teaching body at MECE for everything that you have done this year, particularly over the last few months.  It is truly appreciated.  We are more certain than ever that MECE was absolutely the right choice for our son’s secondary education."

Year 7 Parent, June 2020

 

"Thank you for keeping him motivated with the quick responses to any questions he has and for getting the amount of work set, just right. "

Year 10 Parent, June 2020

 

"Many thanks to all of your team they have continued to give great support throughout this difficult time."

Year 9 Parent, June 2020

 

“I think you’re all doing an amazing job! So, thank you. I just wanted to give special mention to Miss Swayne for her work with Year 7. The work being set is really clear, varied. She is really responsive to queries, asking for feedback on what works and using a variety of teaching methods. The online quizzes are particularly good and I thought the recorded talk through of the answers to one of the quizzes was particularly useful…a huge THANK YOU to everyone. I genuinely think that MECE is providing an excellent learning provision in very difficult circumstances and most importantly is constantly learning and refining what is being delivered. Amazing work!”

Year 7 Parent, May 2020

 

"Brilliant way of explaining the work, this really did help me out."

Year 7 Parent, May 2020

 

“Communications between home and school has been brilliant. Any queries my child has had around their work have been answered promptly with detailed responses. I've also made contact with some class teachers and again, the response has been quick and detailed. I believe you are all doing such an amazing job, thank you.”

Year 10 Parent, May 2020

 

"Thank you for all the hard work you are doing for all our children. You are, as usual, extremely dedicated and in these changing and difficult circumstances, that is even more appreciated.

I also want to say "thank you" for the updates from Mr Hartley...it is good to hear what is going on and how well the children and staff have adapted to lockdown."

Year 11 Parent, May 2020

 

“I think what everyone is doing is just amazing…So, in a nutshell ... I just wanted to message to say I am in awe of your work (Ms Biddiss and Mrs Boys), your patience and your understanding and a whole load of other things and really do appreciate absolutely everything you have done, and will continue to do, for us and for all the children at MECE.”

Year 10 Parent, May 2020

 

"The contact from Mr Hunter has been good, not just ticking the box, but genuinely caring and interested in how things are...When Mr Hunter does his weekly quiz – thanks for name checking the kids that take part, not just the winners."

Year 7 Parent, May 2020

 

" I am loving the fact that you are still awarding achievement points during lockdown - this has had a very positive effect on my daughter and her learning."

Year 8 Parent, May 2020

 

"Miss Gardener gives personalised messages and feedback...

"Mrs Boys contacted us in the Easter holidays … really helpful and supportive, offering advice and counselling to my daughter and myself, and providing a solution, not just sympathy. Also, the ELSA support ideas and info is useful..

"Miss Mallon provided my daughter with a helpful response and confidence boosting feedback when she had a disappointing maths test result and got very upset about it. Thank you for such an appropriate and speedy response...

"Miss Biddiss took the time to come a speak directly to my daughter (from a distance!) when she was struggling. Thank you to Mr Hunter for spreading the word and to Miss Biddiss for taking the time and caring.

"Keep up the good work. Everything you are doing is appreciated in our household."

Year 10 Parent, May 2020

 

"I am so grateful to Mrs Chopra, I emailed her in a slight blind panic yesterday as we were struggling on a particular task...she then, very kindly, sent a video explaining how to do it. Her help meant that for the rest of the day, my son's confidence was up...I could rest easy knowing he was in a good place, mentally."

Year 10 Parent, April 2020

 

"Dear Mr Hartley, I just wanted to drop you an email to express my thanks, to yourself, and all the staff that are obviously working extremely hard to ensure home-schooling is as straight forward and easy to access as possible...we had a lovely Easter break with the right amount of homework...gave us the time to adjust into this current way of living. I would really appreciate it if you could forward my heartfelt thanks, to all staff at MECE. I feel a very close attachment to the school...I wish you had a sixth form!"

Year 10 Parent, April 2020

 

"Once again, may I thank you and the rest of the staff at MECE for the outstanding response to the current crisis. We are so impressed with how the school has dealt so rapidly and thoroughly with every aspect of it and it reaffirms our decision to have chosen MECE for our son's secondary school."

Year 7 Parent, April 2020

 

"Thank you. Your collective team are doing a fabulous job and I had a good catch up with Mrs Grewal last week. The level of communication we are receiving as parents has been excellent. "

Year 9 Parent, April 2020

 

"Please pass on my thanks to Mr Warley for finding the time to call my son on Friday. It was a nice surprise and my son was really pleased that he had rung."

Year 10 Parent, April 2020

 

"Thank you for the Zoom video lessons, they are suiting my son very well and he is confident to go through the presentation and do the tasks independently."

Year 10 Parent, April 2020