The school receptionist has been responding to parents' verbal enquiries about what certain teachers are like by telling them things such as "that teacher is strict"- now the receptionist does not think that is a negative, but some parents might. Also, there is a general trend at this time of year for longer-established members of staff who are class tecahers to pass on their opinions to parents about which teacher would suit their child the best .However, newer members of staff tend to be left out of this chain of gossip and inevitably, the newer members of staff are therefore viewed with suspicion, unfriendly or not good enough. I think that there should be a professional distance between staff and parents which this type of gossip goes beyond. Parents have now been trying to tell senior managemet which class their child should be in for September when they move up a year. Do you think it is acceptable professionally for a school receptionist or teachers to be passing theiropinions on to parents in such a ? Do you think that SMT should give in to the parents who shout the loudest about which class their child goen into, if it could be based on a general school gate gossip?