Parents protest over head teacher who ‘banned mentioning Christmas and David Beckham’

According to the Telegraph, more than half the teachers at a primary school have resigned in protest at a controversial new superhead who once banned children mentioning Christmas or David Beckham because it distracted them from work…

King’s Farm Primary School in Gravesend, Kent, has around 15 teachers and 27 teaching assistants, but 25 of them have announced they will not be returning after the summer holidays.

Parents have been up-in-arms since January when new head teacher Jane Porter, who is also in charge of nearby Whitehill Primary School, was drafted in to King’s Farm Primary School by Kent County Council.

Mrs Porter hit the headlines in November last year after she ‘banned’ all 515 children at Whitehill Primary School from mentioning Christmas before December the 1st. The head said that children would lose their ‘golden time’ if the festivities were mentioned before December. She also banned mentioning David Beckham unless it was in the context of lessons.

This week, parents at the 328-capacity school for kids aged between 3 and 11, say the head has turned the school into a ‘living hell’…

Emma Friend, 28, who has four children at the school aged three to eight, said this week: “Since Mrs Porter came in all communication has broken down.

“Sports days and trips have been cancelled, since she took over the school has been hell. My children cannot cope with the changes.

“The two Year 5 and 6 classes have been combined and my boy is chewing his jumper because he is worried about the instability.”

NUT Union representative Ruth Serwotka said the ‘exodus’ of teachers and teaching staff was an ‘incredible and catastrophic crisis’, telling local paper the News Shopper: “It is obviously a very challenging school.

“I have put forward a formal complaint from teachers and teaching staff to Kent County Council.

“There are significant issues and there is a huge amount of insecurity with so many staff leaving the children have no stability.”

…However some parents praised Mrs Porter’s innovative strategy. Tony Hughes, 42, said: “They (protesters) are all scared of change…

“From what we’ve seen of her she’s been brilliant and helpful, and the kids love her.”

…In November last year, Mrs Porter was branded a ‘Scrooge’ after banning kids at Whitehill Primary School from mentioning Christmas before December 1…

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Any thoughts on this one? The head would appear to be trying to raise academic standards – but do her methods sound appropriate? Or is the last parent quoted possibly onto something when he says those complaining are scared of change? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. exploredrawing

    SchoolsImprove Talk of xmas banned before Dec. Plenty of other footballers to talk about. Its the rest of the article that needs attention

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s become less and less of a compliment to be described as a “Super Head” in the last year or so it seems

  3. bombaybadboy79

    SchoolsImprove removing any joy from children will of course have a negative effect, children learn best when engaged and happy

  4. Xanielew

    SchoolsImprove I don’t agree with banning kids anything, we should be teaching self control ‘….. Is not appropriate now’ not banning all.

  5. BridgetBurke2

    SchoolsImprove this really isn’t unusual children go potty for Christmas once Halloween finished. dates for decorations and cards sensible

  6. lucycooper57

    SchoolsImprove I think this is probably a none story and remarks taken out of context. More information needed here.

  7. garrodt

    Xanielew SchoolsImprove Why ! Most of History is a huge lie always has been! politics/philosophy not taught in this country what’s to hide

  8. Kings Farmer

    @Straingerside SchoolsImprove Removed by KCC after SAT results were withdrawn from school because of “tampering”. OFSTED hammers her disastrous performance. 0 out of 10!

  9. Kings Farmer

    @lucycooper57 SchoolsImprove Go to All the context you could want!

  10. Kings Farmer

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove If a “Super Head” is capable of inspiring this OFSTEd REport:, I suspect she forfeits the title.

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