Oh dear...Oh dear! Are modern heads subjected to a full frontal lobotomy before taking up their post? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...record-going-great-grandfather-s-funeral.html The mother of an 11-year-old schoolgirl says her daughter was left 'traumatised' after being told her entire class may miss out on an end-of-term treat if she spoiled her attendance record by going to her great-grandfather's funeral. Ella Bryn, who is in Year 7 at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent, wanted to attend the service for 93-year-old Second World War veteran Nelson Fielder after he died suddenly last week. But the school’s headmistress Mary Boyle told mother-of-three Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen, 43, that Ella would be marked as an ‘authorised absence’ - damaging the attendance record of the entire class. This could see them miss out on an attendance trophy and a chance to receive an end-of-term treat. Ella originally decided to attend school on Thursday - but after walking to her local bus stop she had a ‘complete breakdown’ before returning home, getting changed and going to the funeral instead. Her mother Dr Bryn-Jacobsen, a patent attorney, said Ella has only ever had one sick day off school. She told MailOnline: ‘She was getting pressure from her peers and the school not to attend. For her to have this kind of pressure is unkind, so I invited the school to reassess their internal policy. They have refused to do it, and that's very disappointing. She will now effectively be punished. Of course she needs to be marked as absent, but she doesn't need to have the pressure.’ and Mrs Boyle is the £177,000-a-year headmistress of Knole Academy, which was formed in 2010 in a merger. She is said to be 13th on the list of highest paid state education sector employees. The school marks pupils as absent unless it can be demonstrated that they are taking part in a learning activity - such as being in a gymnastics competition or sitting a piano exam. They are otherwise marked as an authorised absence under 'exceptional circumstances', such as funerals, or unauthorised - when an education welfare officer is informed. Too busy counting her salary, perhaps?