Kent Online is reporting that Christmas celebrations have been cancelled at a Maidstone primary school after it received a damning Ofsted report.
Parents of children at Barming Primary School were outraged when interim head teacher Andrew Gould decided this year’s Christmas plays would not go ahead because staff needed to concentrate on getting the school out of special measures.
Other extra-curricular activities such as football, swimming, cross country and the annual trip to The Hazlitt Theatre’s pantomime have also been scrapped, although Mr Gould says this happened before he arrived at the school.
An online petition, started by parents in a bid to persuade Mr Gould to change his mind, had gathered more than 400 signatures by yesterday morning.
In a letter to parents, Mr Gould defended his decision saying: “In order to improve the school’s performance I cannot justify large groups of children missing out on parts of the curriculum and furthermore cannot countenance taking teachers and teaching assistants from their core purpose, which is to teach and support learning.”
In a statement, Mr Gould said other Christmas activities would take place during the final week of the term but staff had not yet agreed on details…
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of decisions like this being taken in schools struggling to improve their Ofsted ranking.
What do you think of the steps being taken? Are they reasonable, unfair on the children or a sad indictment of the system?
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