Teenager suspended for five days after using teacher’s first name outside of school hours

The Mail is reporting that a boy has been suspended from classes for five days after he called a teacher by his first name outside of school hours…

Sean Roberts, 14, has been banned from Wellington Academy in the mornings and in the afternoons he must attend the school’s ‘department for naughty kids’.

The school in Tidworth, Wiltshire, is sponsored by Wellington College and its executive head is political historian Dr Anthony Seldon. Yesterday, Sean’s mother Julie Roberts, 42, demanded her son be allowed back in class ‘as the punishment is over the top’.

She claimed the Academy was ‘making an example’ of her son.

Hairdresser Mrs Roberts – who has already lost 106 pounds in wages staying at home to look after him – said she was only told about the punishment in an evening phone call from the teacher Head of Department Barry Seymour…

Principle Michael Milner was yesterday unavailable for comment.

But Ben Bond – who is Vice Principal of the Academy – admitted the boy was now subject to ‘five days alternative learning’ which was a ‘relatively new sanction’ for what he had done.

And he admitted the comment may have been made ‘on the High Street’ outside of school hours.

But he stressed: ‘He has been sanctioned for an accumulation of incidents. It was not a one off – it was a tipping point. Over a period of time there are a number of young people and Sean is one of them who have been involved in repeated and systematic undermining of staff by shouting things behind backs and under breath.

‘The five days alternative learning is not simply because he said Barry to a member of staff in the street. Shouting someone’s name however jovial it might be in a group situation it is it not as abstract from the parents point of view

‘We acted proportionately. But I do take that procedurally things need to be improved.There was an error – we should have made contract with mum.’

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove As usual the Mail misleads with the headline. This was the “final straw” of numerous low level incidents apparently

  2. inwte

    SchoolsImprove cocky little teenager gets comeuppance and mummy whines to #DailyMail Nothing unusual here!

  3. Janet2

    Typical Mail.  Shrieks about declining discipline in schools one day (“underclass”, “feral” young people) and next day prints misleading headline about disciplinary sanctions imposed on a boy with  poor behaviour record.  It’s not the first time the Mail’s done this – a few months ago they wrote about a tiny number of parents in Wisbech whose children had been “forced” to sing a song in an Eastern European language.  Turned out it was part of an area-wide festival celebrating international music.

  4. Dianne_Khan

    SchoolsImprove Oh my life, that is ridiculous. What is this, Dickensian England? Totally over the top and shameful.

  5. MatthewRHead

    SchoolsImprove if that is where the threshold is set there are likely to be a lot of young people accessing ‘alternative learning’

  6. Kathfanderson

    SchoolsImprove Who’s an unpopular boy, then? “An accumulation of incidents”; none of which has been effectively dealt with, it seems.

  7. MiddyRed68

    st4lky inwte SchoolsImprove clearly this was the last in a long line of behaviour issues. Lack of parenting is clear.

  8. st4lky

    MiddyRed68 inwte SchoolsImprove that’s what the article says. Hysterical headline missing the point (deliberately?)

  9. JohnCassidy75

    SchoolsImprove the repeated and systematic undermining of staff by shouting things behind backs and under breath
    Same punishment for Gove?

  10. JMercer

    I really don’t think we know the full story here. I’m sure the school wouldn’t take this action lightly.

  11. VictoriaJaquiss

    miconm SchoolsImprove Last year a boy slightly menacingly said – I know where you live. I thanked him, but told him that I did as well.

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