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WE SAY BIG IS BEAUTIFUL! PUPILS GIVE THEIR VERDICT.

WITH just under 700 pupils Wyken Croft Primary School is the biggest primary school in Coventry and among the biggest in the country.

Each year has three classes and there's a waiting list for almost every year group.

Head Derek Gardiner likens being in charge of the school in Wyken Croft, Wyken, Coventry, to steering an ocean liner.

He said: "What we've got here is a huge liner and all of the issues in a one form of entry school in three forms of entry. We have a very close and very family orientated education in a large school."

If the school is like a ship, the three to 11-year-old pupils are far from being all at sea. Instead they have a clear idea of what's important about their school and why they like being there.

They're enthusiastic about the sheer size of the school because it means more teachers, more after-school clubs - and more children to play with.

We asked some of the members of the school council to explain what they like about their school.

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D31217_12 ALL IN A GOOD CAUSE... April Hartop, aged 10, and Jake Hope, aged seven, buy cakes from the school's charity cake stall. Picture: James Balfour' D31217_8 I like the healthy dinners. I have school dinners and we have chicken curries and sometimes roast Sunday dinners. They've made the food healthy. Yasmin Hamilton, seven' D31217_9 I like the work we do. My favourite subject is art. We had to do sketches of each other. I did one of my friend Nicole and she did one of me. I like reading as well. Grace Leighton, seven' D31217_10 We've got kind and considerate teachers. Miss Simpson is my favourite teacher. She teaches us lots of good games. Jake Hope, seven' D31217_3 I like the achievement awards. Every week someone from each class who's been the best is called up in the hall in assembly and gets a certificate. I had one for a poem I'd done. Ellis Walker, eight' D31217_4 I like the school trips. We went on one to Coventry Transport Museum and we had a go on a computer and controlled some traffic lights. We also went to Brinklow to do a project on villages. Emily Harrison, nine' D31217_5 I like the pens we get. If our writing is good enough Mr Gardiner gives us a pen in assembly. It's a roller pen. Then if our hand writing is neat enough with that we get a fountain pen. Victoria Porter, nine' D31217_6 The children here are friendly. I think having a big school makes it friendlier. We've got more people. When I'm unhappy my best friend always cheers me up. Aaron Marchenko, nine' D31217_7 I like the after-school clubs. I belong to the dance club. We do jazz, tap and modern. We've also got a chess club, football, netball, choir, squash, cross country and athletics. Catherine Puffett, nine
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 20, 2006
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