Parents are responsible for attendance, not our schools

AS the parent of a child at St Peter s School in Huntingdon I am all for rewarding children for good behaviour and good grades but do not agree with rewarding them for attendance. Where on earth are the parents and education board in all this? Isn t it d

AS the parent of a child at St Peter's School in Huntingdon I am all for rewarding children for good behaviour and good grades but do not agree with rewarding them for attendance.

Where on earth are the parents and education board in all this? Isn't it down to them to make sure their children attend school?

When I was a pupil of St Peter's School in the 80s (then Angela Kingston), if we had one day off, there was a truancy officer knocking on your door. Where is the money coming from to fund this trip if the whole school gets 100 per cent attendance?

Has anybody visited St Peter's School lately?


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I know exactly what I would do with the money, give the whole school a make-over because it still looks as if it is still in the 80s. Or I would employ a truancy officer rather than offer bribes.

The new headteacher, Val Ford, wants to change the school uniform for next year. The jumpers cost over £20 and you can easily get two or three years' wear out of them. Why can't the change be phased?

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St Peter's is also thinking of making a change to the day's structure.

Dinner time is going to be an hour later now. What happens to children who are diabetic or children who have to have medication with their food?

ANGELA BRENNAN

Aspen Green

Huntingdon

IS Val Ford's school in Huntingdon really so unbearable that pupils have to be tempted there via treats? Pah!

Would she and her truant pupils care to know of children (four to nine-year-olds) - sold to sweat shops because they have small quick fingers? They squat sewing leather footballs 24/7. They ache to go to school.

Other children are trafficked into the sex trade. They cry to be in a classroom rather than a dark, filthy room with cruel perverts. I know an 88-year-old lady who, due to family illness and poverty, worked in the South Wales brickworks as a little girl. A very intelligent lady, but denied an education as she had to work to keep the family home together.

Shouldn't Val Ford be instilling a moral conscience into her manipulative pupils? She has, after all, been entrusted with care of these youngsters. Her methods and whether they benefit these pupils in the long-term needs close monitoring.

VICKI EARTHROWL

Eynesbury

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