Inspiring Leeds headteacher is top of the class

Chris Dyson. headteacher of Parklands Primary in Seacroft, Leeds, with pupils.

Chris Dyson. headteacher of Parklands Primary in Seacroft, Leeds, with pupils.

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Headteacher Chris Dyson has proved to be a real class act when it comes to helping pupils reach their full potential.

And his top class efforts at Parklands Primary School have seen him hailed as a “legend” by parents.

Chris Dyson, headteacher of Parklands Primary School in Seacroft, Leeds, sharing a drink of juice with pupil Finbar Feeley 11.

Chris Dyson, headteacher of Parklands Primary School in Seacroft, Leeds, sharing a drink of juice with pupil Finbar Feeley 11.

The Yorkshire Evening Post launched the search to honour our city’s most inspirational teachers.

Although he narrowly missed out on the title – his “amazing” efforts have seen parents sing his praises.

And Mr Dyson’s hard work has brought down the number of exclusions from 48 down to just two, in a few months, in the Seacroft school.

Parent Lee Goodall, who nominated the headteacher, said: “He has installed two £3,000 pound trim trial assault courses, put football goals in the playground to give kids something to do.

He is a true legend and the children love him.

Parent Lee Goodall

“He is amazing with the children.

“He always makes himself available to speak to parents and regularly takes money out of his own pocket to buy every child fruit.

“I don’t know where Parklands would be without him.

“He is a true legend at the school the children love him and he is so approachable and down to earth.”

A modest Mr Dyson told the YEP that it was a team effort that has helped to inspire young pupils at the school.

He said: “It’s a team effort by all our amazing staff.

“It’s all about the pupil voice - listening to ideas children have to improve behaviour and their learning.

“We reward good behaviour.

“Our pupil of the week wins breakfast with me - a sandwich, juice and a chat.

“We have brought class sizes down, some to 15, which works well.

“We are in an area where 89 per cent of pupils have free school meals and many don’t have a holiday, so we ensure the three older years have a few days away.”

Every morning before school, toast is given out to those who may not have had breakfast in the classroom.

And to help boost attainment the whole school has fruit everyday for free.

The YEP revealed last week Sheila Howarth from Leeds City Academy, formerly City of Leeds High, was crowned the city’s most inspiring teacher after our search.

NOMINATIONS

The Yorkshire Evening Post launched a campaign seeking out our city’s most inspiring teachers.

We have been overwhelmed by the strength of feeling about those who really make a difference to young lives.

After reading dozens of nominations, we chose Sheila Howarth, student progress leader from Leeds City Academy as our most inspiring teacher.

Heartfelt nominations from former pupils included one who did not speak English at the age of 10 and is now a lawyer. She says she got her law degree thanks to Mrs Howarth’s encouragement.

See tomorrow’s Yorkshire Evening Post for more of our city’s inspiring teachers.

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