Croxley Danes School Journalists Club

We have enjoyed receiving and reading articles on an array of topics this term from our budding student journalists. The Croxley Danes School Journalist club tends to meet fortnightly and is led by Mrs Broadis, Literacy and Oracy Coordinator, aiming to encourage students’ creativity, style and further develop skills of writing feature articles.

Earlier this month two of the journalists wrote about their interpretation on what makes a ‘good’ teacher,

Katherine S. Y9

Malala Yousafzai once said: “One child, One teacher, One book, One pen can change the world.” This mantra is what occurs to me when challenged with the question about the excellence of students and teachers at Croxley Danes School. Although every student has their ups and downs with behaviour, the majority work constantly to achieve the school’s ethos of Excellence, Respect and Trust.  

Some students struggle, and this is responded to with help and support from not only teachers but students. A fantastic team of learning support staff help students to excel in their learning and face their difficulties together. Furthermore, all the teachers have different teaching styles and yet a recurring feature is not only the support but also the extra challenges given to stretch students. There is always a variety of strengths and weaknesses in one class and this is met with a calm environment for all students to learn at their desired level.  

The quote from Malala proves that anyone can make a difference which is shown at Croxley Danes School. Teachers encourage students to participate in extracurricular clubs and create interesting lessons to push learners above and beyond. Through all of the years at secondary school they are preparing students for the world and the future. 

Their support, kindness and sheer intelligence is what powers students on to achieve greatness.  

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell when their influence stops.” Henry Brooks Adams (an American historian).


Bibibella M. 9G

A student’s school experience is extremely vital to their future. It’s the grounds of what they will achieve and who they will become. Other than parents, teachers are the greatest influence in any young person’s life.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward

But what makes a good teacher? There are many factors that make a good teacher including their patience, attitude and work ethic. But, as a student, I believe what makes a good teacher a great one, is passion for their subject. At Croxley Danes School all the teachers are passionate about what they teach which makes them enjoyable to listen to and fun to participate in lessons. The teachers’ love for their subject is passed onto their students who are therefore more eager to learn in their classes.

“I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” - George Burns

Another thing that makes a great teacher at Croxley Danes School is they remember what it was like to be a student themselves. This does not only involve replicating their own experiences. It is more, drawing on those experiences and improving them to make their teaching both engaging and fun. Every student has a different way of learning and so do teachers, having been through years of being a student themselves, they understand what students will engage with and have a more positive reaction to, in turn helping their students to learn.

“To this end the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher.”  - John Strachan

Every teacher at Croxley Danes has a different approach to the education of their students. They are passionate for their work and hope for the success of their students, which counts towards the overall ethos of Croxley Danes.