Please delay birthday party, it clashes with SATs, says head

A mother has accused a head teacher of over-reacting after being asked to delay her daughter’s birthday party in case it affected exam results. This is from the Times…

Tina Adams, of Tiverton, Devon, said that the Grease-themed party for her daughter Roisin’s 13th birthday was due to end at 9.30pm. But friends of Roisin’s sister Niamh, 11, were also invited and were sitting their SATs over the following week.

Ms Adams said that when teachers heard about the party they questioned Niamh about who was going. The girls’ mother then received a letter from the head teacher, Cathy Noble, suggesting that the timing was inappropriate.

“They are blowing the whole thing out of proportion,” said Ms Adams, a housing officer for South Somerset District Council. “I am a responsible parent and said to other parents that if they didn’t want their children to come then I wouldn’t be offended. But I feel very strongly that this is a parental matter and not something the school should get involved in.”

Mrs Noble said in her letter than she understood the party would involve a disco until 9.30pm. The letter, lighthearted in tone, pointed out that the party was the evening before the children in Year 6 started their SATs.

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      • andylutwyche

        “opensussex: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove “all your children belong to us”” – indeed, or Ofsted will slate us. #unhealthy

        • opensussex

          andylutwyche SchoolsImprove government downwards – legislation that indicate the child is property of the state. #chatell

    • maxinenelson76

      andylutwyche SchoolsImprove At what age do children have to stop being children and start becoming grade/level machines?! Outrageous.

        • maxinenelson76

          andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It’s a disgrace. No child needs that pressure that young. Most children I taught felt the pressure at KS4!


    SchoolsImprove the fact that the head feels the need to do this sums up the whole problem in this country.

  2. GrahamBett

    SchoolsImprove But just imagine the pressure, strain & stress on this Head that moved her to write the letter.

  3. kanda_hh

    SchoolsImprove understandable – we will all be pleading with our year 6’s to get a good nights sleep this week!

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