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Fury as school rebrand sees pupils excluded over ‘wrong protractors and rulers’

Fury as school rebrand sees pupils excluded over ‘wrong protractors and rulers’


FURIOUS parents have blasted “petty” new rules at a rebranded school after hundreds of kids were reportedly excluded or given detentions for having the wrong stationary. Mums and dads say their youngsters have been punished for bringing in the wrong protractors and rulers or failing strict new uniform inspections. They claim Beaufort Co-Operative Academy, which was recently rebranded as Holmleigh Park High School, is being run “like a military school”. As well as a new name and uniform, the move brought in strict expectations for student behaviour. Charlotte Clutterbuck, 40 from Linden, Gloucestershire, said her son was given detention for innocently bringing in his PE kit on the wrong week. The mother fumed: “They are handing detentions out for petty things from trousers having pockets to one student wearing a coat as it was raining yesterday and getting a detention for that. “The rules were supposed to be rolled out in September not June when the school year is near an end.” She added: “It is absolutely disgusting with the attitudes. “I have stated that if he gets another detention for something petty I have told him to walk out at home time and if they don’t let him leave I will personally go in there and take him out physically. “I am looking to take my son out of the school and into another one.” The secondary school’s shake up came after its administration was taken over by Greenshaw Learning Trust. The trust has said that it will be making changes in a bid to pull the school out of special measures after it consulted with the Department for Education. One Facebook comment on the Holmleigh Park High School page stated that: “…apparently [there] were 200+ excluded and 300+ detentions. “Certainly did look like that. Teachers shouting everywhere.” A father of a pupil at the school has described the situation as “scandalous”. John Whalley, 45, from Tuffley, said: “I have a son that goes to the school and he is in year 10. “He heard from a teacher that they are spending £100,000 on rebranding and they get cobby about a £10 calculator. “It is scandalous that so many have been sent home and had detentions. “They are persecuting the poorer kids. They can’t go out and buy the uniform and calculators. It is no fault of theirs. “The school is making ill-judged decisions and they only sent the letter out a fortnight ago about the changes happening now.” One pupil who was dished out her first detention at the academy said kids are being disheartened by the changes. Pupil Francesca Bowkett, 13, said: “I feel that these new rules are putting all of the children down, even the ones that work hard. “I feel that some of the rules are what is needed, such as those for behaviour and problems with that, but to get a detention for having a 180 degree protractor instead of having a 360 degree protractor is too much. “The uniform inspections are not necessary. I do not see how a uniform will improve GCSE results.” Francesca’s mother could not believe quite what had happened at the school. Donna Bowkett, 40, from Robinswood, said: “They are now running it like a military school. “Francesca’s shoe broke on her way out the door for school and I told her to quickly nip and get her black ankle boots on that would be under her trousers. “They did an inspection at the school in the morning and told her that they were not acceptable. “I then got a text later to say that she was going to be in detention. “Francesca did say that she went over and tripped on the stairs as well, but she was given the choice of that or go home.” Responding to the outrage, Greenshaw Learning Trust boss William Smith said: “The Greenshaw Learning Trust has high standards and expectations for all of our schools and their students. “Since Holmleigh Park High School joined the Trust on 1 June 2019, we have introduced a new behaviour policy to ensure that all our students are consistently provided with disruption free lessons. “We have proven experience in transforming schools and believe the key to success is to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. “We will continue to support the school on its journey of improvement to give every young person at Holmleigh Park High School the opportunity to fulfil their potential now and in the future.”


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