Secondary Testimonials

KS3 - KS4 Secondary School Testimonials

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Oasis Academy Wintringham, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire

I  just wanted to write a short email to say a huge thank you for the forensic science day you delivered for us today. The students were enthusiastically engaged from start to finish. The activities challenged students to solve problems and developed their ability to work together. The session were informative and exciting, the e-safety session even allowed the students to understand the importance of online safety.

It wasn’t just the students that came out with a glowing reference for the day, the staff loved the day asking if we could book the same day next year. The day was more impressive considering the challenging nature of some of the students involved Jacquie and Jamie were fantastic which allowed the day to stay focused but always very enjoyable.

We will definitely be booking next year and recommend you to any primary or secondary school who wanted a perfectly packaged day to inspire students and staff.

 

Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

 We were very impressed with the professionalism of the company when contacting and organising the day. The presence in the hall was remarkable with the equipment used and various activities that allowed students to investigate for themselves, develop an understanding of science in some cases without knowing. The keyrings were a real winner, many students have them about their person today. 

Students quotes:

“I liked the way we learnt about how to take our finger prints” “it was good to use different equipment, like UV lights to discover hidden codes” “we liked working in a team, meeting new people and learning new things” “ I loved winning! We worked really hard to investigate the suspect”

Staff quotes:

“A very thought provoking activity” “Total engagement for the students”

 

 

Lady Margaret School (LMS), Parsons Green, Fulham, London SW6

 Thank you very much for an exceptional day for our key stage 3 pupils. The girls were so engaged and all abilities were challenged and involved as they were able to work independently, even a small minority of pupils who would otherwise find it difficult to focus.

I would highly recommend this day to any school, across all ability ranges. It is particularly relevant to the ‘How Science Works’ aspects of the KS3, 4 and 5 curricula. It also links the topics taught in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Specifications.

Alternatively, it’s just a really fun educational day of real science, enriching pupils interest in the subject and the career opportunities in forensics. As Jacqui quite rightly put it, ‘there will always be criminals, so we always need brilliant scientists to solve their crimes!’

I hope to arrange a day of forensics with our Year 10 girls, due to today’s success!

Well done Jacqui ( and our girls ) and thank you!

Blessed William Howard High School, Stafford, Staffordshire

 Working with Pulse CSI was a real pleasure. The company had a really flexible approach to delivering the workshop and were very professional. The students themselves were really well engaged throughout the day and the buzz that came from the sports hall in the final session was unlike any I had seen at our school before, with many students returning early from their lunch break in order to get started. The workshop really stimulated all kinds of questioning and problem solving, with all students applying knowledge and growing in confidence as they did so.  

Marsden Heights Community College, Nelson, Burnley, Lancashire 

This was the first time that we have had Pulse CSI deliver one of their fantastic workshops at Marsden Heights Community College.  My colleagues and I were hugely impressed by their service. It was professional, courteous and well organised but the thing which impressed us above all else was the rapport which was built up with our students from the off, it was exceptional; it meant that our students were switched on, engaged in their tasks and most importantly having fun while learning.

This is testament to Jacqui and how she delivered the workshop and the resources she provided. Whether it was taking hand or foot prints or investigating blood spatter or hair or clothes fibres our students thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect which was fantastic to witness!

I cannot wait to be able to invite Pulse back to MHCC to inspire, motivate and excite our students about real life science!

Elizabethan Academy, Retford, Nottinghamshire

 At the request of all our Primary Heads, I rebooked Jacqui and her team to deliver the C.S.I. Forensic Science day to our feeder schools as part of our Primary Transition programme for the third year running. We already knew the children were going to have a fabulous day based on previous years and we were not disappointed; they loved it!

From the outset, the day yet again, was supremely well organised and every resource needed was brought along, all we needed to do was provide a venue big enough to cater for all the primary children who wanted to attend. Jacqui took charge of the children from the second they arrived grouping them so that they sat with other children from other Primary schools (essential in a transition activity).

In the morning the children experienced what it would be like to live and work as Crime Scene Investigators, learning about finger-printing techniques, how to look for and ‘bag n tag’ clues from the strangest of places and importantly how to stay extra safe online.

In the afternoon 15 mock crime scenes were created with one single aim; to work out who dunnit! So as not to contaminate the crime scenes, it was essential that the children dressed for the part.  In white suits, hoods, face-masks, gloves, glasses and overshoes they set about their challenge of working out who might have committed the crime.  Dusting for fingerprints, using high-tech ultra-violet torches to search for hidden messages as well as examining the crime scene and collecting fibres which might help determine the culprit; the children spent the afternoon working together to gather evidence that might lead to an arrest.

OFSTED often comment on giving children ‘memorable experiences’. This was certainly one of them. If you run a transition programme in a secondary school I can recommend this as a wonderful way in which to get children from a range of backgrounds and schools working together really quickly.

Already planning for next year!  

Langtree School , Woodcote Reading, Berkshire

 Every year at Langtree secondary school, we organise “Curriculum Enrichment Week”, which is an off-timetable week where our students enjoy all kinds of creative cross-curricular activities that are fun and enrich their learning. This year our theme was “Crime and Investigation”. We wrote our own murder mystery for all our students, about a crime that happened in our very midst: “the murder of the Off-Ted Inspector”. We involved all staff members and both students and staff alike were excited to play their part in attempting to solve the crime throughout the week. A huge part of this week was the forensics aspect we wanted to add. We were not just looking for a standard forensics workshop, but were hoping for a dynamic forensics workshop that would be able to adapt to our specific crime scene, while still being able to deal with a large amount of students. When contacting various forensic workshop providers, Jacqui from Pulse Education stood out by a mile. She not only was able to accommodate our needs, but was equally enthusiastic about our week and contributed with fantastic ideas. We gained so much by working with Jacqui because she truly understood what we were trying to achieve and was willing to tailor-make the forensic workshop to fit our needs.

The students spent a whole day analys-ing forensics that would bring them another step closer to finding out who killed the Off-Ted inspector at Langtree. Pulse Education does it’s name proud, for it is truly “on the pulse”. Jacqui is very knowledgable in her subject area and both her and her team really know how to speak to a teenage audience in a very confident and captivating way. The students were having so much fun, they didn’t even notice they were learning! I can highly recommend Pulse education’s forensic workshop and will be asking for them to come back at the earliest opportunity possible. Jacqui’s experience, enthusiasm and ideas helped make our week an absolute hit!

The Castle Academy, Riseholme Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 This was a fantastic workshop offering students the opportunity to engage in a hands-on practical activity bringing together elements of science, geography and enterprise. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were on-task throughout. As a geography teaching our focus of crime allowed students to challenge their perceptions of the subject area and to realise through the activities the impact crime has on people, areas and society. The impact of the event is that students remember the day with excitement and have created a superb display in a classroom which they are extremely proud of! Jacqui is a superb at delivering what is a fantastic learning experience for all. We have had some excellent feedback

from some of the students in their science lessons today. They said that they enjoyed the day. I think you could see that from their reaction at the end. I was impressed by how you kept the students engaged. This was all the more impressive bearing in mind their number and the location. Some of the students also have issues with concentration and the range of activities kept their interest. It was clear that they were fully focused on the main crime scene activity in the afternoon. In my opinion the day will aid with their STEC work.

Sir William Robertson School, Lincoln, Lincolnshire 

   What a truly amazing experience! We booked the Forensics Workshop for all of Year 7 cohort in order to raise their awareness of Science in ‘real life’ and also to raise the awareness of Real Science within the curriculum. We were not disappointed! The pupils spent time finding out about safety on the internet and Computer Forensics. This was such a valuable aspect to school life with the various sites available to the pupils these days. Very few were even aware of the ‘Report abuse’ facility! We then moved on to active ‘forensics’ with a flurry of finger, hand and ear-print taking. This was swiftly followed by the analysing of our crime-scenes!! Pupils had the task of analysing a crime scene to detect what had happened and how to detect the ‘clues’. It was truly fascinating and amazing fun. Jacqui Thompson is exceptional in her delivery and presentation and makes it all exciting and fun. This is a highly recommended session for any pupil! A huge enhancement to the everyday curriculum! 

Carres Grammar School, Sleaford Lincolnshire 

  Our pupils found the computer safety sessions very thought provoking and a number of them questioned their own activities.  I am quite sure that sessions such as these will do a great deal to remove the risks involved with social networking and make their lives a lot more secure.  

The forensic activities engaged our students greatly and gave them an appreciation of not only the duties of forensic scientists but the application of scientific principles.  This is an activity that is well worth repeating, as it enthused their interest in Science.

Felixstowe Academy , Felixstowe, Suffolk 

 The Forensic workshop was brilliant and worked very well within Felixstowe Academy. The aim of the workshop was to work with our primary schools as a transition event so all potential FXA pupils could meet each other and have positive experiences at FXA which I feel they did. We also invited our year 7s to the event and they also thoroughly enjoyed it!

Kelmscott School, Walthamstow, London

This was an excellent delivered workshop. Pupils enjoyed being practically involved and coming out with results. Our pupils are now more enthusiastic to consider taking sciences in their further studies. We shall in future arrange to book another workshop.

St Georges Academy, Westgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

  Many thanks Jacqui, once again for the session you delivered last Wednesday. The students thoroughly enjoyed the activity and a number of them have expressed interest in looking further into the subject. I was very pleased with the ways they approached the lesson and it was clear through their questioning that they were interested in what was being delivered to them. The group consisted of some of our more able students and they felt that the level of questioning challenged them to think about their responses. This is an excellent way of getting students to appreciate the wider applications of Science and we will certainly be looking at repeating this exercise with future Y7 groups. A well delivered and informative presentation, containing a variety of approaches that captured the interest of the students. They were fully engaged in all activities and found the whole experience to be extremely enjoyable.

St Georges Academy (formerly Cotelands School), Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Anne Broughton (Public Service Instructor)

I would just like to say how educational and eye-opening we found the crime scene forensic day, both the students and the Staff. It was a welcome difference to the way children usually learn and the information you gave us and the experience of working with such vital equipment was invaluable to the crime and its effects unit we are studying in public services. A massive thank you from all of us here!

Elizabethan High Schools, Retford, Nottinghamshire

Our pupils found the computer safety sessions very thought provoking and a number of them questioned their own activities. I am quite sure that sessions such as these will do a great deal to remove the risks involved with social networking and make their lives a lot more secure. The forensic activities engaged the pupils throughout the whole day. They enjoyed the hands on approach to investigating a “crime scene” , trying out the techniques and wearing a full “CSI outfit” . They achieved not only an appreciation of not only the duties of forensic scientists but the application of scientific principles. I organise this event for our feeder primary schools. It is so popular with both students and staff that they ask for it to be repeated each year! 

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