The headteacher of a private school has sent parents a letter asking them not to ‘immediately challenge staff’ when punishments are dished out to their children, Mirror is reporting.
Bruce Grindlay, head of the private Sutton Valence School, Kent, has since been praised for outlining the ‘disproportionate amount of time and energy’ teachers spend dealing with parents rather than planning lessons and marking.
In the letter, which went viral on social media after a parent shared it, Mr Grindlay told parents to not always believe their child’s version of events when it came to decisions to discipline them.
The private school, which opened in 1576, is now asking for the cooperation and understanding of parents when it comes to the issues teachers are facing.
Mr Grindlay said: ‘At the heart of the relationship that exists between the school and its parents is the understanding that we have the long-term interests of your sons and daughters in common.’
The head also called for parents to unite behind teachers’ ‘sanctions and decisions in the first instance’ to allow better consistency to be applied throughout the school.
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