Evaluation comments from schools

that have worked with Mervyn Wakefield


“Well done on a super job.  We would have been completely stumped without you.   I have had many appreciative comments on the new balance to the timetable so we have pleased most of the staff - no mean feat.

Philip Hoyland. Headmaster, Pinewood School, Shrivenham


" Having attended one of Mervyn’s excellent courses he then came to the school and ‘held my hand’ as I completed my first timetable.  His support was invaluable when he was with me and he was also available at the end of the phone line if I needed additional help.  The successful completion of my first timetable was made so much less stressful and more successful because of his input. I cannot praise his work too highly”


Denise Ferringo, Queensmead School, South Ruislip



“Working with Mervyn is always a pleasure.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and works with you to produce high quality solutions to those ‘impossible’ problems!”


Dr William Penny, St Edmund Campion School, Gateshead



“Once a teacher always a teacher.  Mervyn has the knack of simplifying the task of timetabling whilst co-driving the route with you. Value for money? – most certainly!  Mervyn’s timetabling skills certainly make the job a pleasure rather than a chore.  Much appreciated and many thanks!  Mervyn’s experience and guidance is worth every penny.”


Mathew Arthur, St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Manchester


"I went to a timetable course run by Mervyn knowing very little.  I left with the confidence, knowledge and skills that enabled me to plan and construct a timetable for a 7 form entry secondary school with 87 teachers. He has a wonderful calm nature and problems do not exist, 'They are challenges'.

Since then I have used Mervyn on a consultancy basis for help and advice.  He is always accommodating and responsive to any problem I have encounted. He is what I would call THE EXPERT on timetabling, whether that be paper based or computer generated.

I would and have recommended courses run by Mervyn on many occasions.  He is exceptional."

Paul Simpkins, George Greens School, London


"Mervyn took the timetable off my hands when I had to act as head.  He worked sympathetically with the different variables in the school, knowing when to seek the school's judgement to resolve issues and when to use his own experience of schools on a decision.  I learnt some sound practices and a few helpful tricks from watching him work.  His responses to emails and phonecalls ranged from instant to immediate,  he politely refrained from criticising my blunders and his 'can do' attitude made timetable seem like fun...at times...almost."

Kirsteen Ross, Crofton School, Lewisham


"Wonderful support in-school offering valuable help and advice with all the quirky requests staff wanted.  Extremely patient and supportive in person and on the phone during times when problems /errors occured, he gave instant  help and suggestions for improvement.  A  valuable service which was well worth the money.  Thank you so much."

Denise Fox, Deputy Head, Fulham Cross School, London


"For 30 years I have been preparing timetables manually.  TimeTabler's effectiveness is so much beyond my expectations that I feel it is a dream come true! (TimeTabler is a computer program purchased by the school - see links page)  Your style of teaching, your patience and your first class willingness to explain anything I did not understand made me feel so relaxed that the process of learning TimeTabler became a most enjoyable as well as an exciting experience."

Andrew Tardios, Headteacher, St John's Senior School,



For an initial discussion please ring 01228 594040 and ask for Mervyn Wakefield

or e-mail mervyn@cumbria.f9.co.uk

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