Carlton School is the sort of place that gives you hope.
The building itself is impressive but there are an awful lot of stairs and some very big spaces to fill. Yet every time I visit I see a place filled with light and life and colour. The solid walls are softened with displays, information and the bright and colourful work done by the children. The intake is from many different ethnic backgrounds, but far from being a disadvantage, the staff have turned this into one of Carlton’s great strengths. I have learned an awful lot about the world from talking and listening to the parents and children at Carlton. Dealing with so many differences in language and culture may not make the teachers’ job easy, but it does seem to produce a greater level of satisfaction. From what I’ve seen the inter-action between teachers and the classes is appreciative on both sides.
Carlton, under their motivational head teacher, Jacquie Phelan, has a good rapport with parents – whose help and support is evident in a vibrant summer fete and highly beneficial projects like the Edible Garden.
This is a school which seems, over the years, to have grown more and more confident. I feel that it has done wonders in confronting the extraordinary educational challenges that arise in this exciting, ever-changing corner of Kentish Town.”