Below are a few comments from teachers who have had the Starbeck sales van to visit them at school. We do appreciate this feedback and welcome all contributions from any of our customers.

We travel throughout the country serving the whole of mainland UK - so no matter where you are based - we can visit you. We carry a huge amount of stock in the van, so whatever your requirements are, you will not be disappointed when Stewart calls. We can invoice school for any purchases and can take card, cheque, cash payments for any personal purchases. This is a great way to see our products! You are under no obligation to buy. To see our diary and to make an appointment click here:

Sales Van

Comments from teachers who have used the Starbeck Approval Box Service can be viewed here.

Beds "A brilliant service which the staff loved. Being able to see & handle the resources before purchasing made it so much better than ordering from a catalogue or website. Thanks for a great service, we'll be using 'the van' every term now!"
Zoe Skoines, Haynes Lower School, Bedford 
May 2016  V198
"It was like entering Aladdin's Cave. Full of topic resources for school."
Andrea Woods, Hawthorn Park Community Primary School, Houghton Regis   
 Apr 2015   V183
"Excellent Service. Great range of stock. Will use you again!"
L Gilmartin, Potteridge High School, Luton 
 Jun 2010   V097
"There are some amazing artefacts on sale which are very professionally displayed. A great service."
Creg McGill, Hawthorn Park School, Dunstable 
Jan 2010   V082

"Really helpful, showed us exactly what we needed, very well organised, will definitely order from again."
Stella Rezaei, Challney Girls' High School, Luton 
Jul 2009   V074


"Great service! On time, helpful & approachable. I think it is an excellent idea for resources, it's just a shame you're not closer! Lovely resources & lots of choice. We will be coming back!"
Kelly Forbes, Stopsley High School, Luton
Dec 2006  V020
Berks "Great service & range of artefacts."
Caroline Atwill, St Mary's School, Ascot
May 2017   V215

"We were delighted to be able to look at all the objects & artefacts before we bought. Youi have an amazing selection of quality items which our students enjoy using "
S Franklin, The Piggott School, Reading 
Dec  2016   V209
"A lovely selection."
J Hicklin, Parsons Down Infant School, Newbury 
Oct 2009  V078
"It's always exciting when Starbeck come to visit. Stewart's van is crammed full of the most exciting & inspiring things. When you can't get the students to the museum they bring the museum to you."
Lisa Coyle, Sandhurst School, Berks    Jul 2009  V071
Bucks "Very helpful. Really happy & informative on the background of the items. Very good service."
Melissa Tynegate, Denbugh School, Milton Keynes 
Sep 2016   V205
"Super resources,will be using them across the curriculum. Let us know when you are next going to be in this area."
K L Barclay, Quainton CE Combined School, Aylesbury    Nov 2013  V165
"Fantastic! I really loved the range available. It was great to have something come to us, where you could see it & touch it first hand. The gentleman in charge was informative & friendly"
"Lovely resources, with a delightful selection of unusual items."
"Inspirational resources - very helpful 'man in van'!"
"The resources were fantastic, some lovely things to inspire & excite."
"Brilliant! Super resources - such a huge range to choose from."
Various teachers, Simpson School, Milton Keynes 
Jun 2012  V135
"We love to see the 'Artefacts Van Man'! All the items are so interesting & are just what we need to help bring our topics alive."
Roz Burch, Widmer End Community School, High Wycombe    Jun 2013  V157
"Some really lovely resources. Wish I'd been prepared as we could have had it alongside a Christmas shopping event. These artefacts will really stimulate art music & knowledge of other cultures."
S Beighton, Mary Taverton School, High Wycombe 
Sep 2010  V101
Cornwall "It was great to see the Starbeck van again. All the staff "flooded" the van & Stewart didn't flinch! We had a marvelous time with everyone buying for school but also for their own personal collections. The range was excellent & ever more excellent was Stewart "the font of all knowledge!" Thanks for coming to our far flung region."
Mrs J Greatbatch, Bude Infants School, Cornwall    Oct 2011  V114
County Durham

"So pleased we said yes to the sales van stopping at school. Resources we can't get anywhere else, at a price no one else can match. Teachers spent a great deal of time looking at & picking items for their topics & themes. Resource boxes are well stocked for September."
Joanne Shaw, Cathchgate Primary School, Stanley 
Jun  2016   V199
"A worthwhile visit to our school. We allocated lots of resources to various curriculum areas during our look through the van! Much easier to look at things first hand rather than via catalogues."
Leona Kelly, Burnside Primary School,
Houghton le Spring 
  May 2014  V170
"We really enjoyed 'rooting' through all the resources in the van. What an excellent way of building up our multicultural resources."
Julia Thompson, Crook Nursery School, Co Durham 
Sep 2011  V113
"We are very impressed with the quality of the artefacts & the staff would have emptied the van, given the chance!"
Dorothy Parry, Ebchester CE Primary School, Consett 
Jun 2012  V138
"A great selection of multicultural resources from around the world at reasonable prices for every budget. Salesman was very informative giving information, background & demonstrations of equipment & musical instruments. He was very approachable, friendly & helpful."
P Smith, Catchgate Primary School, Stanley 
Jun 2010  V098
"Excellent range of resources at good value for money. Quality can be seen & a hands on approach is first class."
S J Toole, East Rainton Primary School, Durham 
Jun 2010  V096
"A fantastic idea! It is very user friendly & takes away the hassle of ordering from a catalogue."
Jenny Leggett, St Mary's Primary School, Stanley 
Jun 2009  V062
Cumbria "Lots of great resources that the children love! Great for enriching History, Geography & Science lessons."
Rebecca Nicholson, Our Lady & St Patrick's School, Maryport
Mar 2017   V213 
"Wonderful! RE, ART, PHSEEC, MUSIC, HISTORY - Inspiring. Stewart was very helpful. We will be calling you again."
Sara Wilson, Sandgate School, Kendal    Jul 2011  V111 
"Well stocked artefacts. Arrived on time. Very helpful. Very knowledgeable. Would definitely use again."
K Stringer, St George's CE School, Barrow in Furness    
Jul 2011
Derbyshire "Everyone at Starbeck has been so helpful. The resources are stunning - the van is a treasure trove for all art teachers & very reasonably priced. I'd thoroughly recommend Starbeck. The van driver's a real cutie too."
Kate O'Hare, Trent College, Long Eaton    Mar 2011  V108
"An emporium of treasures & artefacts. A teacher's & child's dream. Polite, helpful & witty staff."
S L Morgan, Pinxton Nursery, Derbyshire 
Sep 2010  V099
"Very helpful service, very friendly & accommodating."
Rachel Bolton, Brussington Primary School, Matlock 
May 2010  V089
"The resources are fantastic! It's so great to have the opportunity to buy resources that genuinely meet the needs of young children as well as older ones. Bright, colorful, multi sensory - fantastic."
Amanda Kettell, Alfreton Nursery School, Derbyshire 
Mar 2009  V038
East Yorkshire "Thank you for calling at our school today with your interesting range of resources. This is a most convenient way to look at the resources & make choices. The walk-through van parked over lunch-time suited the staff & all the artefacts could be checked over before purchase."
Angela Kelly, St Mary's RC School, East Riding of Yorkshire    Apr 2010  V086
"Always great to delve in the Aladdin's cave!"
K Brew, Kellington CP Schol, Goole 
Jan 2009  V031
Essex "Fantastic resource & a great way to inspire children."
Pauline Crowley, Byfleet Primary School, Byfleet 
Dec  2014  V176
"An incredible amount of stimulating educational resources that will transform our school. Very reasonably priced."
Karen Dunne, Pitsea Junior School, Basildon 
Nov 2013  V166
"Walking in to the sales van was like walking in to an Aladdin's cave of great treasures! Purchased some amazing history & geography resources, it's just a shame we have a budget to stick to! Will definitely be recommending to others. Money well spent on quality items."
Adam Toomer, Lee Chapel Primary School, Basildon    Feb 2012  V126
"Super - very much a surprise at how much can be fitted in a van! Friendly & helpful service. The staff got very excited at the artefacts! Will use again & recommend gladly."
Kath Keeper, Scargill Infants School, Rainham 
Dec 2011  V117
"Fantastic selection of artefacts & great value for money! Exciting new contexts for our children to explore & interesting techniques to include in our Art & Design Curriculum. Thank you for all your help & advice!"
Susan Locke, Great Bradfords Junior School, Braintree    Feb 2012  V127
"A friendly welcome to the van of treasures. A rich variety of resources to enhance any project."
Sharon Watkins, Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh 
Nov 2010  V103
"This is a truly excellent & unique service. It's wonderful to be able to look at, touch & examine artefacts before ordering & buying. All at very reasonable prices. Lovely to see many of the artefacts are made by the people from the countries & not massed produced. This is a service I shall most definitely use again & again to build up our RE, history & multicultural resources."
Tracy Mehmet, Hare Street School, Harlow 
May 2010  V091
"Beautiful selection of artefacts & resources, well priced. Lovely to be able to see the goods & buy immediately. Huge range of items - a very time-saving way of purchasing artifacts for many different curriculum areas."
H D Collins, Five Elms Primary School, Dagenham 
May 2010  V090
"Starbeck has been a fantastic resource for not only art but cross-curricular subject areas too. They are reasonably priced & good quality. I would recommend them to anyone!"
M South, Byfleet Primary School, Byfleet 
Jul 2009  V073
"It was great to see such an amazing range of resources. In fact, it was so hard to choose what to get, there was so much to choose from."
Abigail Bennett, Mary Rose School, Southsea 
Apr 2009  V043
"A fantastic array of resources. We've stocked up on RE, Multi culture, Art, DT & Geography materials. Everyone is really looking forward to using them in their lessons next year."
Clare Gill, R. A. Butler School, Saffron Walden  
Jul 2006  V019
"The sales van is an Aladdin's cave of excellent resources to support the curriculum. The staff are extremely helpful & friendly. We look forward immensely to the visits."
Elva Morgan, Wimbish Primary School, Essex 
Apr 2005  V010
Glos "We were delighted with the range of resources available & that we knew where the items were sourced from due to the knowledge of Stewart."
Stephanie May, The Oaks Children's Centre, Gloucester    Jun 2009  V058
"The van is extremely well stocked with a fantastic range of resources. It was great to pick up & look at close hand the artefacts. A very useful service."
Martin Bragg, Hardwicke Parochial School, Gloucester 
Jun 2009  V056
"Far too tempting!! We always look forward to your visit - extremely good value for money - & a huge variety of goods. I have designed some schemes of work around your artifacts!! Really helpful & friendly service."
K Rudge, Heywood Community School, Cinderford 
May 2009  V044
Hants "Excellent high quality resources, sensibly priced. Excellent service & help & support sourcing resources for specific curriculum use. Highly recommended."
Jane Skinner, Shakespeare Infant School, Eastleigh 
Mar 2012  V129
"A Super selection. Will be looking at the website. Thanks for coming to the school."
Ann Wheeler, Brimpton CE School, Hants 
Oct 2009  V077
"Starbeck provides an Aladdin's Cave of exciting & unique resources. The touch, sight, smell & sound of the artifacts not only inspires my students, but staff also want to buy these resources because 'that would look great in my house!' Keep on trucking'!"
Jackie Bolton, Court Moor School, Fleet    Jun 2009  V066
"Amazing - heaven in a van - great for art teacher & resources - brilliant."
Emma Lynch, Wildern School, Southampton 
Apr 2009  V040
"Great resources! Nice to see different things that are not available in other places! Very helpful service to find things & the knowledge about the pieces is good. Look forward to the next visit!"
Marten Good, St John's Infant School, Southampton 
Apr 2009  V041
"Excellent resources, great to have a good range of authentic resources. Very reasonable prices. Please come again."
Lesley Jones, Manor Infants School, Portsmouth 
Apr 2009  V042
"Super, efficient service. A great selection of artifacts - very helpful too."
Liphook Infant School 
Apr 2009  V039
"There is always a friendly welcome on the van. A superb range of resources & we always find something that we need to support school life & curricular development."
Jane Armstrong, Farnborough Grange Infant School 
Mar 2009  V034
"As a staff we were thrilled by the visit of the sales van. It was great to see such a vast range of different resources which we would not normally be able to locate. We look forward to its return next year."
Jane Armstrong, Farnborough Grange Nursery & Infant School, Farnborough    Jan 2006   V017
Herts "Very well resourced, found all I wanted with prompt & friendly service."
Diane Simoneau, Camp Primary & Nursery School, St Albans 
Feb  2015  V181
"A fantastic experience! A real treasure trove. I wish I knew about this a long time ago. In one visit - it has revamped our resources. Can't wait til your next visit!"
Charmaine Francis, Presdale's Schol, Ware 
Nov 2013  V164
"Fantastic service as usual, prompt & friendly. This involoved travelling hundreds of miles with fragile products that are so inspirational for our art students."
Helen Hyam, Roundwood Park School, Harpenden 
Nov 2011  V115
"The van was very punctual & full of exciting things to enhance our curriculum. I was particularly impressed with the driver's knowledge of the stock, discussing the origins of each piece & his ability to find particular items. I am now looking forward to using the resources in class."
J Van-Veggel, Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead 
Mar 2010  V084
"Van was fantastic - an Aladdin's cave! Great African resources. Mr Fletcher was extremely helpful, friendly & informative. Aided me greatly in complimenting existing departmental resources. Prices were reasonable. Only problem was I wanted everything!"
Margaret Sandhu, Garston Manor School, Watford 
Jul 2007  V021
"Such a good way to buy multicultural resources for school! It's really good to be able to actually handle the things before you buy rather than just flicking through a catalogue. Stewart was very helpful (and patient!) when we were sorting out what to buy - thank you! The staff really enjoyed it & I'm sure the children will enjoy using the resources."
Laura Minns, Brookmans Park School, Hatfield  
Oct 2005  V013
Kent "Our strong relationship with Starbeck continues, they are very accomodating, friendy & helpful. The van always has lots of interesting artifacts which are used to provide students with observational drawing objects."
C Christmas, Harris Academy Falconwood, Welling 
Sep  2016   V206
"The van was an absolute treasure trove of articles. It was easy to use & very exciting to see what was available. This was actually such as easy way to purchase artefacts."
E Hatcher, Hawkhurst CE Primary School, Hawkhurst 
Jul  2015  V187
"Fantastic, knowledgeable and very helpful, highly recommended, hope to make more purchases in the future. Many thanks."
Magda Pinkos, New Road School, Chatham 
May 2016  V197
"Very efficient & friendly service. Excellent range of stimulating resources for hands on learning."
Sue Rudge, Gidea Park Primary School, Romford 
Nov  2014  V175
"A comprehensive selection of interesting artefacts & resources. I can't wait to use them in my class."
Ruth Powell, Offham Primary School, West Malling 
Nov  2014  V174
"Starbeck have provided us with some truly inspirational resources over the last few years. The students benefit tremendously from working directly from cultural artifacts rather than using secondary resources. The company is very helpful & can offer lots of helpful advice."
Paul Kenny, Highworth Grammar School, Ashford 
Jun 2009  V067
"A friendly & personal service offering inspirational artifacts. Even our students want to buy things!"
Michael Bean, Ashford Christ Church School, Ashford 
Jun 2009  V064
"Sales van like an Aladdin's cave. All items well prices & very useable in our art dept. Stewart's a bit of a joker though...."
Nicky Owls, Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury 
Jun 2009  V061
"Wow, an Aladdin's cave! We found so many treasures, especially the Aboriginal resources needed for our Globetrotters Club. The whole service was very efficient & we are so pleased with all the artifacts we selected. Such good prices too. We'll be back for more!"
Penny Day, Preston Primary School, Canterbury 
Jun 2009  V063
"I was very impressed by the fantastic service & the variety of goods you exhibited. There was so much choice from a selection of quality resources. This was the first time that the Starbeck van came to our school, but it certainly won't be the last - Christmas arrived early for us, if only I had a bigger budget! See you again soon."
Gail Harvey, Lessness Heath Primary School, Kent 
Jun 2009  V059

"Fantastic resources & service. We would have liked to buy one of everything on offer & indeed nearly did!! How inspirational these artifacts are for art, displays, RE etc. We will definitely be booking another visit from the van!"
Debbie Wheeler, Lansdowne Primary School, Sittingbourne 
Jun 2009  V060

"Starbeck have a brilliant web site full of fantastic history resources - good quality resources & Stewart explained all of them. Very easy & accessible to use & the artefacts are good quality. We also bought lots of RE resources from the sales van, which will really benefit the children. Brilliant service. Would definitely recommend it!"
Laura Crowe, St Barnabas CE Primary Academy, Darwen 
Oct 2017   V217

"Starbeck have been supplying our art dept with a range of superb cultural objects / fabrics / resources for many years. We have built up a wonderful collection which stimulates & inspires students & has formed the basis of key stage 3, 4 & 5 work. We are always excited when "the man with van" arrives with his traveling array of resources!"
Susan Welch, Highworth's School, Ashford 
Mar 2004  V004
Lancs "Starbeck have a brilliant web site full of fantastic history resources - good quality resources & Stewart explained all of them. Very easy & accessible to use & the artefacts are good quality. We also bought lots of RE resources from the sales van, which will really benefit the children. Brilliant service. Would definitely recommend it!"
Laura Crowe, St Barnabas CE Primary Academy, Darwen 
Oct 2017   V217
"Plenty of great resources to choose from for a wide variety of different topics. Very reasonable prices too! Would have bought the whole van if I could."
Jessica Singleton, White Ash School, Oswaldwistle 
Jul 2013  V163 
"A great resource whith lots to offer - interesting resources that I've not seen anywhere else!"
Paula Liggat, Walton Lane Nursery School, Nelson 
Jul 2013  V160
"Stunning resources at really reasonable prices. Well organised & easily accessible to view. Spent a fortune...but absolutely made up!"
Natasha, St Hilda's Primary School, Prestwich 
Jul 2013  V162
"Some really interesting items! We really liked the drapes & multi-faith artefacts."
Mrs H Almond, Frenchwood Primary School, Preston 
Jan 2012  V122

"Never seen so many wonderful, relevent school resources under one roof before. Add to that the convenience of the van bringing them to school - how could we resist!"
Kath Gleave, St Patrick's RC School, Walton-le-Dale 
Jan 2012  V123

"Fantastic - very helpful - loads to see. Just what we need & not too pricey. Next time we'll book a full afternoon."
P D'Roza, Blue Coat School, Oldham 
Jan 2009  V026
Leics "Fantastic range of resources & advice. Great prices but best of all great help. Quality of resources superb. Great service."
Catherine Stretton, Marriott Primary School, Leicester    Mar 2011  V106
"Very pleased to have made contact again! Very useful to have an opportunity to see & handle objects before buying. Love the Fair Trade aspect."
A Sherwood, Orchard Primary School, Castle Donington    Jun 2009  V065
"Thank you so much for visiting us with your 'Aladdin's Cave' van. We really enjoyed selecting the resources to staret next year's projects. We love all the insects - they are fascinating!"
Emily Bott, Leicester High School for Girls 
Jun  2016   V201
Lincs "Our curriculum has certainly been enhanced by wonderful objects and artefacts that cannot be found on teh High Street. An opportunity to handle and test the quality before we purchase. Always an exciting day when the man with van arrives."
Jayne Day, Coomb Briggs Primary School, Immingham    Mar  2016  V194
"What an Aladdin's Cave of resources! I was amazed by the variety of resources on offer in your van. I am very happy with my purchases which will enhance the teaching & learning in my classroom."
C Crowther, John Harrison Primary School, Barrow on Humber    Apr  2015  V184
"What an Aladdin's Cave! Interesting & refreshing! to have such a wealth of multicultural items to choose from.Our purchases made an instant impression on our children."
Zoe Hyams, Caistor Primary School, Caistor 
Feb 2013  V151
"Stewart was punctual, accomodating & cheerful during his short, but efficient time with us. Staff very much appreciated this. They also enjoyed the opportunity to view the different resources & match them to their next teaching contexts. We will arrange a further visit in the future!"
R Taylor, South Witham CP School, Lincs    Oct 2012  V145
"Very helpful to be able to browse the artefacts hands on. A bright & inspiring range of items all organised into topics. Courteous service & assistance. Great to have these brought to us!"
John Harrison Primary School, Barrow on Humber 
Jun 2012  V139
"The van was a treasure trove of delights! It was filled with quality resources which meets the needs of a variety of curriculum areas. I can highly recommend a visit!"
K Beaumont, The Richmond School, Skegness 
Jan 2012  V141
"A fantastic selection to enhance our multicultural & cross curricular experiences in school."
S P Boor, Holbeach Primary School 
Nov 2011  V116
"Very exciting resources at reasonable prices with a very helpful member of staff!"
A Clark, Thrunscoe Primary School, Cleethorpes 
Jun 2010  V092
"Superb resources at a very reasonable price. It is really useful to see before you buy."
A Boardman, Cambridge Park School, Grimsby 
May 2009  V050
"Excellent sales pitch - very helpful. Excellent resources. Thank you & come back our way soon."
Elaine Niblett, St Peter at Gowts Primary School, Lincoln    May 2009  V046

"Excellent RE resources. A wide range of resources for Geography & RE."
M S Brunton, Middle Rasen Primary School, Lincs 
May 2009  V048
London "Absolutely fabulous quality & variety! Really inspirational for us teachers & children alike. Shows excellent knowledge of new national curriculum but also flair, imagination & creativity. Also Stewart is an amazingly patient man."
Michaela Mouquet, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, London SE10  
Nov  2016   V210

"The Starbeck van arrived on time - so important in a busy working day! Friendly & helpful service - as always. A wide range of resources to selet from at very reasonable prices. Thank you so much!"
Su Fairbairn, Hornsey School for Girls, London 
Jun 2017   V216

"What an amazing resource! Stewart was so helpful & pointed us in the right direction for all we needed. Thanks Stewart & Starbeck!"
Lisa Lazell, Cardwell Primary School, London SE18
Nov  2016   V211
"An amazing opportunity to purchase a variety of resources. Everything was organised extremely well making selection very easy. Stewart was very knowledgeable, helpful & patient. Such beautiful objects."
Carla Crosbie, Beecroft Garden Primary School, London SE4    Jan 15  2015  V180
"An amazing Aladdin's cave of resources."
Sarah Pollitt, Byron Court Primary School, Wembley 
Sep 2016   V207
"Really great resources. Lots of variety & informative staff (Stewart!)"
Angela Tapscott, Ranelagh Primary School, London E15    Jan  2015  V177
"Absolutely fantastic resources van - so many brilliant artefacts. Friendly service & the fact that it came straight to the door was a real bonus! Thank you, will definitely use again."
Rosie Bede, Jubilee Primary School, London N16 
Jul 2014  V171
"We've had an absolutely fabulous time & the range of products is amazing. We've managed to find artefacts that support all of our key stage 4 & 5 schemes of work. Plus a lovely salesman as well!"
Aimee Mills, The Ellen Wilkinson School, Ealing 
Jun 2013  V156
"Wonderful selection of resources to select from. Great guidance from Stewart. Extremely happy with our purchases."
Diane Selwood, Lee Manor School, London 
Dec 2012  V148
"An excellent service. We booked an appointment with the van, he arrived on time & we were able to puchase many interesting pieces for display and discussion."
S Crosland, Smallberry Green Primary School, Isleworth    Dec 2012  V161
"There was a great selection of goods on the van. Our Second World War topic will have a lot of new artefacts & we will certainly use them again."
Vicki Williams, Harefield Junior School, Harefield 
Jun 2012  V136
"Amazing resources, excellent company, very much looking forward to the next visit."
Georgina Trias, Brentside High School, Ealing 
Jun 2012  V137
"Wow! What an amazing amount of truly inspiring resources. We can't wait for our next van visit!"
Angela Whyte, Cedars Manor School, Harrow 
Dec 2010  V104
"Stewart arrived early, was friendly with the office. We couldn't believe how exciting the stuff in the van was for us. A real treasure trove!! Very pleased with the service & a friendly approach."
Fiona Harris, Rokeby School, London E15    Mar 2010  V085
"What a treasure chest of resources! Loads to choose from, & very reasonably priced! Great for art, music, technology & RE teachers."
Nicki Mansell, Catford Girls' School, London   
Mar 2005  V009
"The resources available through your company are really fantastic, high quality & will provide a fantastic stimuli for our children's learning. Having the facility of your van visiting our site saved time & gave us the opportunity to have a thorough browse. What an Aladdin's cave! We hope to see you again in the not too distant future."
Kingswood Primary School, London SE27
    Mar 2004  V003
Manchester "Amazing resources for drawing & inspiring students."
L Nelson, Manchester Communication Academy 
Jan 2012  V121
"Came on time, kept appointment. Very helpful. Were able to see everything we wanted. Good to deal with, would use again. We are fairly specialized& need small items that would fit into our project boxes."
Lynne Craigs, Tameside School Library Service 

Feb 2004  V001
Merseyside "A good range of items in stock at extremely reasonable prices & we could have them there and then."
Mrs Barbara Flitcroft, St Peter's Primary School, Newton le Willows    
Feb 2012  V125
Norfolk "Excellent variety of cross-curricular resources & brilliant customer service - thank you!"
Amanda Bell, Toftwood Infant School, Dereham 
Mar  2017   V214
North Yorkshire "Stewart was really helpful with suggestions for our topics. A great way to buy new resources."
Georgina Noddings, Holy Trinity Junior School, Ripon    May 2012  V133
"It was wonderful to be able to see religious artifacts& consider how they would be used to enhance the learning for our children."
Julia Campbell, East Cowton Primary School, Northallerton    Jun 2009  V068
"Having the van visiting the school was a quick & convenient way to access great resources. We went shopping instead of a staff meeting!"
Jessica Woods, Spofforth Primary School, Harrogate 
Jun 2009  V057
"A wonderful selection. An Aladdin's cave. Reasonable prices too."
Miss S Merryweather, Saltburn    Mar 2009  V036
Northants "Always a pleasure meeting Stewart & his blue van of treasures & wonders. Thank you for your help & ideas. See you again next year!!"
Josie Milton, Stimpson Avenue Primary Academy, Northampton 
Feb  2017   V212
"The van is amazing - we could have spent all day browsing! It's lovely that the whole staff can have a loook! Prices are very reasonable. Stewart is a wealth of information!"
Judith Amery, St James Infants School, Daventry 
Apr 2012  V131
"What wonderful resources! Really helpful & such wide ranging items. The only problem is when to stop buying!!"
Sue Rigby, Braunston Primary School, Daventry 
Mar 2011  V105

"What a wonderful Aladdin's cave of delights! I could live in there! The artefacts are truly amazing & will enhance any lesson! Lovely friendly service too - come again soon!"
Kat Johnston, The Arbours Primary School, Northampton    May 2009 


"We found the Starbeck sales van to be well resourced & fascinating. An excellent opportunity to purchase resources for History, Geography, Music & 'Small World' plus a fantastic range of drapes for display. We hope you will visit us again next year."
Mrs Anne Walker, The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Northampton    Nov 2009  V081
"An excellent selection of artifacts on the van."
J Greensmith, Croyland Primary School, Wellingborough    May 2009  V047
Notts "The sales van was an amazing & interesting place. Beautiful artifacts at very reasonable prices. The range of items was amazing covering many areas of the curriculum, i.e. History, Geography, PSHE, Art & RE. The fabrics were very good quality & generous in size. Our school would recommend anyone who wants to buy artifacts to take a look at Starbeck. I guarantee you will buy something."
H Tetley, Kneesall Primary School, Newark    
Jan 2006  V016
"Friendly & helpful staff. Starbeck has a huge variety of resources which are terrific to draw from & impossible to get from elsewhere. Starbeck has a treasure-trove of exciting & surprising objects for a variety of depts in schools."
Kate O'Hare, Trent College, Nottingham 
Jun  2016   V202
Oxon "Excellent as always. No pressure selling & way too much to choose from! Already looking forward to next year's visit."
Lyn Moore, Stephen Freeman School, Didcot 
Nov 2010  V102
"Excellent resources - such a wide variety brought to the door! very good service, reasonable prices & Stewart is very helpful! Please call again."
Jane Haggitt, Hanwell Fields School, Banbury
Dec 2005  V015
Scotland "We ordered resources for a Hinduism & Chinese topic.The resources were great quality - extremely authentic! Very competitively priced! The staff were friendly & helpful. We are looking to use these fabulous resources with the children."
Pamela Noer, Maddiston Primary School Falkirk 
Oct  2014  V173
"Very interesting & reasonably priced resources. Friendly, helpful service with ample time given to explore the "treasure trove" within the van."
Erika Maclaughlan, Burgh Primary School, Musselburgh    Sep 2011  V112 
"Great service! Friendly staff with a great selection to choose from."
Adele Whitehouse, Stirling High School 
Aug 2009  V075
"This is a fantastic resource worth a visit by all - amazing!."
Claire Bell, Kirkland High School, Methil 
May 2009  V055
"Starbeck has a very good selection of materials. It's an Aladdin's cave of goodies! Very helpful. Just would have liked more notice to arrange a more convenient time."
Karen Morrow, St Columba's RC High School, Dunfermline    May 2009  V054
"It is very useful to be able to look at resources rather than choosing on the web site, sales rep was helpful & offered valuable advice."
Jane Watson, Greengables Nursery, Edinburgh 
May 2009  V045
Shropshire "Stewart & his van are a real find, an absolute treasure. There is so much fantastic art stuff, you don't know where to look. We will definitely be calling you again. Once again amazing objects, all the pupils are going to really enjoy working from them, They won't have even seen half the stuff, they'll be absolutely in awe of everything."
Kerry Withers, Madeley Academy, Telford    Jan 2012  V119
Somerset "What a treasure trove! We could have spent our entire budget. We limited ourselves to objects which can be used for many purposes. Prices very competitive too. Thanks for a great selection!"
Jay Smith, Castle Cary Primary School    Jun 2010  V094
"Thank you for your visit - lots of lovely resources for all curriculum areas. Wish we had more money to spend!"
Helen Walford, Hillside First School,
Weston super Mare 
   Jun 2010  V095
"An absolute treasure-trove! You can find more multi-cultural resources in this van than when you are traveling in the countries! Not only that, but the 'man in the van' gives great advice & knows his stock well. Keep coming!"
Briony Smith, Jackie Peacock, Trudy Beech, Widcombe Infant School, Bath    Jun 2009  V070
"Fantastic range of resources which are clearly organized. Staff are extremely helpful & knowledgeable. Prices are reasonable."
Alison Watts, Widcombe Infant School, Bath   
Jun 2006  V018
South Wales "Excellent variation of objects, artefacts & wonderful things that will spice up any lesson to the benefit of every pupil in your classroom. Brilliant & thank you."
Dylan Roberts, Ysgol Brynnewfail, Caernarfon 
Jul  2016   V208
"What a wonderful experience. As Head of Art I am always looking out for interesting pieces to show groups & for pupils to work from. The fact that Starbeck can bring a van full of amazing artefacts for me to browse is brilliant. I will be annually updating my resources & will be in touch in the future. Thank you, what a fantastic collection."
Mrs Helen Davies, Newbridge School, South Wales 
Jan 2012  V118
"Thank you so much for coming to us. The variety of objects is amazing. We love to buy things for the students to draw. The fish and skulls are exactly what I wanted. Thank you for being so accommodating and friendly. Please com back next year."
Sharon Eddy, Howell's School, Cardiff    Dec 2015  V192
South Yorkshire "It is a refreshing approach to purchasing resources that allows teachers to see the artefacts first hand and select from a huge range of fascinating things from a van which surely has sides made of elastic!"
Julia Chalkley, Lacewood Primary School, Rotherham    Sep  2015  V190
"A wide variety & collection of artefacts. Our students are always looking for new inspiration & I'm sure what Starbeck has to offer they won't have any difficulties of finding objects to draw from. Keep up the good work"
Shayla Perry, Outwood Academy Adwick, Doncaster 
Sep  2015  V191
"The man with a van' fabulous resources! Very unusual things, lots & lots of curriculum resources. Friendly staff. Can't praise enough. Excellent value for money!"
Lindsay Foster, Dinnington Primary School, Dinnington    Jul 2014  V172
"Fantastic service, quality resources. We have got some great artefacts for our African Arts week - drapes, instruments, ornaments, masks! We will definitely use this service again!"
Carol Clifford, Kirkby Avenue Primary School, Doncaster    Oct 2012  V147
"Excellent resources that will enhance our topic based approach to the curriculum - we pride ourselves on providing the children with first hand experiences - again the resources will do just that! The friendly service was second to none - nothing was too much trouble."
Darren Clegg, Aston Fence Junior & Infant School, Sheffield    May 2012  V134
"Excellent service. Door to door enables us to access resources in a convenient way. Friendly patient sales man. Good value."
Claire Ward, Darnall Community Nursery, Sheffield 
May 2010  V088
"Lots of exciting resources. Good value. Easy to see & pick."
Wendy Wheldon, Greengate Primary School, Sheffield    Mar 2010  V083
"Appreciated the fact that we could see artifacts etc. first hand. Excellent range of materials to choose from which support our creative curriculum."
Margaret Marsh, West Meadows School, Hoyland 
Jun 2009  V069
"Unfortunately I was detained by about 40 minutes but Stewart was prepared to wait & are we glad he did! When I & my deputy finally got to Stewart & the van we were amazed!. We explored the content of the van first & wanted everything we saw. A little impractical, so we took advice from Stewart & managed to select items that would ensure that the diverse cultures of our children were well represented. The value boxes meant that we had received more for our money. Certain items straight away & the following day, when the children saw them, they created a great deal of interest. We now eagerly await the other resources."
E Shannon, Highfields Primary School, Doncaster    May 2009  V053
Staffs "Fantastic opportunity & would definitely welcome another visit. Really helpful man."
Mrs S Moran, Northwood Community School, Stoke on Trent    Jul 2012  V143
"Really helpful to have resources brought to school! Excellent range of artefacts & informative "non-pushy" van driver. Excellent value for money too. Highly recommended."
Dr D Marshall, Violet Way Academy, Burton upon Trent 
Apr 2012  V130
"An excellent service. An Aladdin's Cave!! So many interesting artefacts to buy which you never see in the shops or catalogues."
Juliet Levingstone, Burnwood Nursery, Stoke on Trent    Nov 2009  V080
"Some excellent resources & wide range. Stewart was very knowledgeable & helpful. I would certainly recommend Starbeck. "
Pamela Thomas, Two Rivers Primary School, Tamworth    Jan 2008  V023
"The staff were delighted to have the opportunity to view & purchase from a super range of artifacts that were very relevant to the primary curriculum. Having these resources so compactly & cleverly displayed was very helpful in the busy schedule of a school day. We will definitely use Starbeck again!"
S M Kingston, St Nicholas 1st School, Codsall
May 2004  V007
"Excellent selection of artifacts& the time saved in hunting around various locations has been greatly appreciated. Cultural themes are superbly catered for."
C Christen, Maryhill High School, Kidsgrove 
May 2004  V006
Suffolk "Had great fun today when the sales van full of superb artefacts & much more, visited our school. This came just at the right time as we are reviewing the curriculum in line with the new requirements, whilst still making sure our children have memorable learning. We will definitely ask you to come back - big thank you!"
Carol Child, Carlton Colville Primary School, Lowestoft    May 2014  V169
Surrey "We were really impressed with the amazing supplies in the van. Stewart was extremely helpful (and patient) with all the staff! We are all happy with our new resources - thank you!"
Susan Todd, Beaufort Primary School, Woking 
Apr  2016  V196
"An efficient & exciting way to purchase good quality items & an excellent range with lots of topics covered."
Lisa Bell, St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Mitcham    May  2015  V185
"It was lovely to see all the resources available in front of you rather than trying to visualise it on a computer screen. We were able to source many of the new curriculum history & art topics."
Katie Twaite, William Cobbett Junior School, Farnham    Jan  2015  V178
"Excellent material - such a wide range of artefacts to choose from, good quality & affordable prices."
M Mitchell, St Mary's School, Ascot    Jan  2015  V179
"An inspirational collection of artefacts for developing children's interest in 'our world' & learning."
Lesley Lawrence, West Byfleet Junior School 
Sep 2012  V144
Sussex "We love having a visit from Stewart & the 'Aladdin's Cave' van! There is always a huge variety of fantastic artifacts to explore; old favourites & new exciting surprises."
Lesley Sandgrove, West Rise Infant School, Eastbourne    May 2015  V186
"An excellent selection of resources, relevent to a variety of curriculum areas & topics covered. Lovely resources - like walking into an Aladdin's cave!"
Slinfold Primary School, Horsham    Dec 2013  V167
"The van arrived today, exactly on time & busrting with great resources - very well laid out, easy to access, clearly labelled & clearly priced. Setwart very knowledgeable about what was available, very helpful. He showed the website to my Deputy - very well laid out, accessable website. Loved the value boxes & especially the RE resources. Overall great value & much easier than going through paper catalogues. We will certainly call you again."
Joanna Brown, St John's Catholic Primary School, Horsham    Mar 2013  V153 
"The artefacts van was full of useful resources. It was particularly full of resources from Africa. It would be helpful to have more resources on Egypt*. The Roman helmet was fabulous."
Juliet Gallagher, River Beach Primary School, Littlehampton    Mar 2013  V154     * We're working on it!
"Thank you very much for your visit! It brought colour & light on a very cold day & we were able to choose from a huge range of unusual resources!"
Ann Williams, Forest Row Primary School, Forest Row    Mar 2013  V155
"Wonderful service, thank you very much. Really friendly & a huge range of 'hard-to-find' resources. Please come again!"
Charlotte Ashdown, The Bewbush Academy, Crawley 
Mar 2013  V152
"An Aladdin's Cave of treasures! We could have spent our whole budget. Thank you for really high quality, good value resources & friendly, helpful staff."
Roz Smart, The Mill Primary School, Crawley 
Apr 2005  V011
"Friendly, approachable, knowledgeable assistant. Van on time & well stocked. Staff were excited by the range, quality, quantity of "hands on" stock. "Take away on the day" with an invoice left for payment worked very well. Range of prices, with some very reasonably prices items. Altogether, a very well organized enterprise."
Sandy Everett, Wallands Primary School, Lewes 
Apr 2005  V012
Teesside "Lovely range of stuff. Just wish I had more capitation to spend on it. I'm aware of stock & may build future projects around this."
Mo Loade, Rye Hills School, Redcar    Jun 2010  V093
"Always a great service! Great products as always."
Jo Pickering, All Saints School, Stockton    Jul 2007  V022
Tyneside "The van arrived full to the brim with colourful artifacts. All teachers (from nursery to year 6) were able to find objects suited to history, geography and science topics. Early years were able to find a range of materials for sensory activities too. All of the artifacts were well organised and clearly labelled. The man (with the van) was incredibly helpful, making useful suggestions based on topics."
James Shield, Byker Primary School,
Newcastle upon Tyne    
Mar  2016  V193
"Fantastic. An eclectic mix of artefacts & objects & natural world phenomena. Fabulous to study from, engage with, draw and learn. Reasonably priced. A delight."
Zoey Allonby, Dame Allan's School, Newcastle upon Tyne    Jun 2012  V140

"The sales van was well stocked, a veritable treasure trove. The staff were friendly & accommodating."
Beverly Walton, Town End Primary School, Sunderland    Mar 2009  V037
Warwicks "Wow - what an incredible array of treasures! Stewart (the man with the van) was very helpful & friendly. I went wild in the aisles & purchased many wonderful artefacts to support our curriculum learning."
Louisa Brown, Knightlow Primary School, Rugby 
Mar 2014  V168
"What a fantastic resource bank - so helpful to be able to see & hold the resources rather than just pictures! Great range of products - covering so many different historical/cultural themes. Good friendly service - like the fact you travel to different areas, not just London as others often do!"
H Stephenson, St Nicholas Primary School, Kenilworth 
Sep  2016   V204
"An Aladdin's Cave of all the things you'd love to have, but can't find! Great original resources!"
L Summons, Cawston Grange Primary School, Rugby
   Feb 2004  V002
"An amazing set of resources to use to develop RE & multicultural education. Fantastic!"
A Grant, Arden Forest Infant School, Bulkington 
May 2010  V087
West Midlands "An excellent resource to enhance the teaching of history. Will definitely rebook. Thank you!"
Sarah Powell, Netherton Primary School, Dudley 
Mar  2016  V195
"A wide range of resources covering many curriculum areas. A joy to shop and see the items hands on."
Alice McMahon, Springfield Primary School, Dudley 
Mar  2016  V195
"Very helpful, fantastic variety of stock & knowledgeable, great in aiding us in our new topics."
Rebecca Martin, Eastern Green Junior School, Coventry    Mar  2015  V182
"This is an amazing Aladdin's Cave of resources. We had never seen such an array of unique artefacts & items anywhere. My staff bought lots of things for different subjects & different year groups. I was pleasantly surprised by how little it all cost! For stimulating pupils, the Starbeck van is a must."
Stephen Wallin, Lickey Hills Primary School, Birmingham    (No relation!)    Jun 2013  V158
"Fantastic artefacts & collections to inspire & stimulate the children. As a school we could have spent even more!"
Andie Bailey, Parkgate Primary School, Coventry 
Jan 2013  V150
"What a treat! The van of amazement! Fascinating plethora of goodness! Safe to say - LOVED IT!"
Emily Lovell, Albert Bradbeer Primary School, Birmingham    Dec 2012  V149
"Like an 'Aladdin's cave' ! Wonderful, exciting, quality resources that suit all major topics! Excellent service & brilliant prices!"
Hannah Higham, Temple Meadow Primary School, Birmingham    Jul 2012  V142
"Great range & good quality resources! Having just introduced a new curriculum, Starbeck gave us a great way to resource our topics. Staff were really enthused with what was on offer."
Nicky Aston, Eastern Green Junior School, Coventry 
Feb 2012  V124
"What a wonderful service, such good quality & variety."

"Excellent service. We were spoilt for choice! Friendly & helpful service too!"

"Really enjoyed looking at all the goods!"
Rina Virdi & colleagues, Sandwell Schools Library Service    Jan 2012  V120
"Excellent resource - full of ideas & inspiration. We are a new school that will benefit from injecting more life into our rooms."
Rebecca Goode, Stockland Green School, Birmingham 
Mar 2011  V107
"The visit was extremely useful & a wide variety of resources! Would recommend Starbeck for their range of resources & the availability (as they came to us)."
Michelle Parker, Jubilee Primary School, Tipton 
May 2009  V051
"I always look forward to the Starbeck visit, getting excited about the huge variety of resources available. It's like a giant Aladdin's cave. The resources are fantastic & it's unbelievable how much can fit in to one van. A great source for any school & the staff are the friendliest & most helpful, with a great knowledge about the artifacts & amazing memory for figures! Many thanks."
Tracy Butler, Broadway School, Birmingham 
Jan 2009  V025
"Thank you again for such a wonderful service! Fair Trade goods at fair prices means that there is something to suit everyone's budget & with a van that opens out into an 'Aladdin's cave' filled with sights & smells textiles & trinkets, carvings & colors from around the world then no-one can afford to miss out. We will certainly keep spreading your name."
Carol Evans, Billbrooke Middle School, Wolverhampton    Feb 2009  V032
"Very helpful to me as a new RE coordinator. Great to see things instead of a catalogue."
Mrs Sue Fletcher, Stoke Heath Primary School, Coventry    Jan 2009  V027
"Lovely selection - lots to choose from."
Helen Shepherd, St Francis Xavier School,
May 2004  V008

"I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very impressed with the quality & variety of the items available. We obtained some super multicultural artifacts& art resources for the school. Worth having a look."
S Allan, Brindley, Heath Junior School, Stourbridge 
May 2004  V005
West Yorkshire "Starbeck is a phenomenal company, they provide a breadth of fantatstic resources which enable teachers to inspire their learners. They have provided us with an invaluable service, fast, efficient & very helpful."
Davina Bell, Broadbeck Learning Centre, Wakefield 
Sep 2016   V203
"The sales van was full of great artefacts & resources - we could have bought a lot more! Service with a smile!"
Sophie Johnson, Yeadon Westfield Junior School, Leeds    Sep  2015  V189
"Fantastic resources & lots to choose from. Very helpful & knowledgeable."
Helen Hooper, Westgate Primary School, Otley 
Sep  2015  V188
"Fantastic pool of resources! It was like being in a sweet shop. We certainly recommend you get Starbeck to pay your school a visit."
Mrs Wray, Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Ossett 
May 2012  V132
"Excellent service. I have now used Starbeck 4 times at different schools. Friendly & informative - inspiring resources for our students!"
David Questa, Horsforth School, Leeds    Oct 2012  V146
"The new D&T curriculum at both KS3 & 4 requires us all to be far more aware of different cultures, much more aware of sustainability issues & fair trade. This amazing collection of artefacts is essential for schools to be able to build up a wide range of products that reflect different values. Creativity is high on the national agenda & what better way of opening students' eyes to a whole new world than to dip in to the Starbeck van."
Brian Russell, Dixon's City Academy, Bradford   
Oct 2009  V079
"Stimulating, inspiring & well resourced."
Linda Mann, Mill Dam Junior & Infant School, Pontefract    Mar 2012  V128
"The sales van visited today & I was both delighted & amazed by the variety of resources available. I have made an initial purchase of several items to support art work in the school but I will be looking to source other curriculum areas later. Absolutely brilliant. Many thanks for an excellent service."
Erica Archer, Low Moor Primary School, Bradford 
Sep 2009  V076
"Very impressed. On time & full of great goodies."
Debbie Alderton, Reinwood Infant School, Huddersfield    Feb 2009  V033
"Starbeck's van is full of exciting & interesting artifacts. It has a real wow factor, & is very easy to access with a simple process for buying objects, drapes etc. Ideal for RE, topics & brightening up your school."
Nicky Maxwell, Cross Flats Primary School, Leeds
Jan 2009  V028
"Thank you for the opportunity to see all your resources. You have an excellent choice."
M Laverty, St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, Leeds    Jan 2009  V029
"We find the van a very convenient way to shop. The staff enjoy browsing through items & there is always a good selection."
G Austerfield, Asquith Primary School, Leeds 
Jan 2009  V030
"A fantastic resource that all staff & children were keen to explore. A convenient & accessible way to purchase interesting, enthusing objects & materials for teaching RE & cultural topics."
Ali Elvidge, Oakwood Pupil Support Centre, Leeds 
Jan 2009  V024
Wilts "We had a great time looking at all the wonderful resources. It's a great place to start looking when you are setting up a new school. We now have lots of amazing artefacts, pictures & music representing the whole world."
Clare Davies, East Wichel Primary School, Swindon    Mar 2011  V109
Worcs "Lovely resources - stimulating, excellent for multicultural, arrived on time."
N Payne, Inkberrow First School, Worcs    Jun 2013  V159
"Fantastic! Fitted in with our availablility. Arrived on time. Very accommodating. Good advice."
Sarah Boyce, Pinvin First School, Pershore 
Mar 2009  V100
"The van has a superb selection of treasures, interesting artifacts& beautiful items from around the world."
Mrs Debbie Mitchell, Clifton upon Erne Primary School, Worcester    May 2009  V052
"Great choice of resources. Well organized. 'Man with van' very efficient, knew his stock well. A pity some things we wanted had been sold by the time he'd got to us. Very pleased with service, would use again." [We'd had a particularly busy time that week and normally restock the van overnight - sorry about the missing items - PW]
Sue Falmouth, St George's Primary School, Kidderminster    Mar 2009  V035

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