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School tells parents 'leave four-year-olds at the gate unless you have a DBS check'

Discussion in 'Education news' started by FrankWolley, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I sometimes think some schools - and therefore some HTs - really don't realise what absolute pillocks they make all teachers & schools look:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/edu...king-fouryearolds-past-the-gate-a3663526.html


    Caroline Jenkins, whose son Junior, four, is at the school, told the Standard she received an email and text message saying accompanying children on site amounted to trespassing and that parents could be banned from the school. She said: “I took my son… and she [the headteacher] wouldn’t let me walk him in. [She] said I am trespassing and I haven’t had a DBS check.”
     
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  2. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Junior. :)
     
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  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    If parents coming onto the school grounds are 'trespassing', how are they going to manage Parents' Evenings?
     
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  4. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    They're only trespassing when they're on the premises uninvited. For parents' evening they'll be invitied. Obvs :rolleyes:

    ;)
     
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  5. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    ... and if a child is sick and the parents are asked to take them home ... Will the school escort the sick child to the outside gate and hand over the child on the pavement?
     
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  6. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Nope, the parent will be invited to reception to collect them, therefore not trespassing. Come on harsh, you've got this!
     
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  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    But the DBS reference?
     
  8. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Flexible application of rules as required - part of the SLT job description these days :)

    I love these stories, the responses from parents are as hilarious as the idiotic initiatives that prompt them.
     
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  9. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    How will they get a DBS in that time frame, and who will be authorised to issue an over-ride on the trespassing threat?
     
  10. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    They won't, nobody requires them to, this is just some idiot headteacher saying the first thing that came to mind to get Junior's stroppy mum out of her face when she wouldn't abide by the rules of "soft-start". Great press though!
     
  11. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    You may be correct...but I seem to recall that HTs were slightly more substantial figures when I started teaching...Not numpties who say the first thing that come into their head!
     
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  12. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Yes indeed, sign of the times.
     
  13. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Just for the fun of perpetuating the madness ... no kids on site during parents' evening so lack of DBS irrelevant :D Collecting the sick one is a problem though, perhaps they'll need to fit a child size flap and a zip wire system. Maybe microchip the children.
     
  14. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Lead commenter Forum guide

    We only have the word of one parent wanting their 15 minutes of fame that the head ever said anything of the sort. Just saying, before we all condemn the head as an idiot....
     
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  15. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    The newspaper report suggests that the reporter has seen the e-mail.
     
  16. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    Serving as a head in the modern era. Idiot by definition :D
     
  17. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I suspect it's been blown out of proportion. I daresay that staff are on hand to help any kids who can't find where they're supposed to be going. It looks like a perfectly sensible plan to develop independence, but mother has attachment issues.
     
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  18. thyr

    thyr New commenter

    The extract doesn't mention DBS. Just that the school want a smoother start to the day.
    The report of a DBS is a verbal report of a converstaion.
    The truth is probably somewhere inbetween.
    Stil seems odd (to me) that parents can't drop off very young children nearer the clasroom.
     
  19. drvs

    drvs Lead commenter

    By the press with the aid of Junior Jenkins' mum?? NEVER!
     
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  20. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

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