Wath parents ‘punished’ by detention rule changes
PARENTS said this week that they feel punished by a change to detention rules at a high school.
Wath Comprehensive previously gave parents and guardians 24 hours’ notice of planned after-school discipline.
But tardy students can now expect to leave 45 minutes late the same day, according to a letter from head teacher Pat Ward.
Parents and carers will get a text when detentions are issued for lateness, but some still vented anger at the move.
Steve J, writing on social media site Streetlife, said: “Mrs Ward has gone too far on this occasion.
“I would expect to be contacted or told by my child they have to do detention next day, not worry about why they aren’t home at the normal time.
“It’s light now, but what happens come winter? I would not like any child walking the streets alone in the dark.”
He added: “I have voiced my concerns to no avail, so I have contacted my MP and education minister Nicky Morgan.”
Another parent known as Susan B said: “Wath Comp strikes again. I’ve got my own well-voiced issues with them.
“Seems they still think parents’ views are secondary and treat them as sheep who should follow aimlessly behind them.”
But another writer, Christine S, replied: “Are we not missing the point here? If your children arrive at school on time then surely there’s no need to worry about detention.”
Students have been made aware of the change in class assemblies since May half term.
Those given detention in class for poor behaviour will still be sent home with a future date at which the punishment will take place.
Mrs Ward said she was aware of parents’ concerns, but emphasised that student safety was paramount.
“The school is adopting the change in government policy, which says there is no longer a requirement to provide notice,” she added.
“However, we will always make special arrangements for vulnerable students.
“We believe the immediacy of a detention will go some way to end the persistent lateness of a small minority.”
The school has invited parents to information sessions taking place throughout June.
For more information visit www.wcs.rotherham.sch.uk.
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