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When can I leave on the last day of term?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Rosaceae, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. simonCOAL

    simonCOAL Occasional commenter


    Post of the year!!!
  2. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    So the thought of taking part in the after school activities is making you sick. I imagine on the day you'll feel even worse. In which case, tell someone you're not feeling very well if you are not and go home. You may be technically their employee until August 31st, however, their ability to tell you what to so in that time will have gone once you leave on the last day of term.
    Lilysowner and FrankWolley like this.
  3. NQT08

    NQT08 Occasional commenter

    Wait until the morning of the last day and ask for a copy of the directed time budget as you feel you have already gone over 1265 hours so don't need to stay
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I'd be ill on the last day of term and so miss the entire thing.
    Yes I know it is totally unacceptable to do such a thing, but if you are leaving no-one is actually going to chase you up about it.
    Mind you the idea of 5 hours of socialising with colleagues would have me feeling very, very ill so it wouldn't really be a lie.

    Why do schools organise such things on the last day? Don't they realise that heaps of people just want to get home as soon as possible and drink copious amounts of gin for the next 6 weeks?!
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Whenever I left a school I always strolled out with the kids. My job was over. Work done.

    Do that or leave 15 minutes later. On your way out leave a note on someone's desk. "Absolutely exhausted. Just had to go. Hope the evening goes well. Bye." So they don't end up looking for you.

    Directed time usually finishes about 15 minutes after the bell. But I wouldn't worry about it unless you've left your room in a mess or something.
  6. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    @simonCOAL I'm being honest. She would rant and rave at people, and then on their last day, pull out big teary Hollywood style speeches. But what really irritated me is asking a departing teacher to give a speech that went on for twenty minutes, in a soft voice people couldn't hear, so people got bored and started to chat. Ridiculous. Just say "thanks, its been good, bye", and go. No one wants to hear a life story, because I doubt, by the last minute of the last day, anyone actually cares.
  7. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    When working full year (ie not teachers holiday) contracts I have had a sadistic fantasy of the teachers having to stay for a 4 week long speech and the end of term food rotting away....

    My weird ideas aside, I know of a colleague that hated the school and department and left before the speeches, no comeback tbh.
    My temptation would be to write a barbed speech to get some things off your chest but I advise against as teaching is a small world.....
    Even if you hate the school, there may be a bottle of wine on staying for speeches.
    I actually advise just going to it all. Not going will leave a bit of a 'not left properly' that might haunt you into August. You dont have to follow them all to the pub after, you are rushing off on holiday, aren't you!
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Nah. Nothing beats walking out with the kids.

    Someone texted me once. Where was I?

    "Er, I told you I'd be gone with the kids. Which bit of that wasn't comprehensible?"
  9. 8sycamore

    8sycamore Occasional commenter

    My advice in the lead up to this would be to take your stuff home in Monday. That way you can leave without being encumbered (and possibly go straight to the pub with your real friends!).
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Having read a few of your posts again my new advice is to email the head tomorrow and just say that you do not feel comfortable about staying so late - thank her for - whatever and then tell her you will be leaving after lunch and to convey your apologies to all concerned.

    Then walk away.
  11. mollyhog

    mollyhog Occasional commenter

    I'm with GDW - as soon as kids go, tidy your desk and send an email to all staff thanking them for the support they have given you and saying you find 'goodbyes too emotional' so you are sure everyone will understand your need to leave without a fuss. Wish everyone a lovely summer and all the best for the next school year. Then skip out of the gate and celebrate with a coffee and slice of cake on your way home. Have a great summer holiday!
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Great diplomacy from @mollyhog

    Do exactly that!
  13. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I'm of the age now where if I really, really don't want to do something that isn't essential I won't put myself through it. I had a similar but different situation where the "right" thing was to go but it was making me feel all anxious just thinking about it. So I made my polite excuses and didn't go. I agree with the posts above that you should make sure you clear everything out tomorrow afternoon. Then on Tuesday do exactly as Mollyhog says in her penultimate sentence above! And maybe post on here and say how relieved you are! Best of luck x
  14. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    Totally agree. We broke up Friday and were told by the Head we had to be out by 4 (school day ends at 3.15). Being expected to stay til 6pm for forced socialising is utterly horrendous!
  15. DrJay

    DrJay Occasional commenter

    @FrankWolley. A deserving way to treat some colleagues.
  16. science1

    science1 New commenter

    Pack up all your things the day before or at lunchtime on the day. Share your plans with NO-ONE.

    Just before you leave, if you live nearby or you potentially could bump in to people again as you're still in the same catchment, send a gushing email wishing everyone well, thanks etc & make up some excuse why you're not coming to the party e.g. it's all too emotional/you have the plague.

    Additionally, buy cake/biscuits for the staffroom with a clearly labelled thank-you card or note expressing your undying love & gratitude.

    Obviously wait until all the kids have gone and then, GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE! Turn off your phone & treat yourself to something nice. Nothing will happen!

    Much love x
  17. Cantwaittogo

    Cantwaittogo New commenter

    Load up your car at lunchtime if possible so you can get away quickly
  18. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Occasional commenter

    You should ideally stay until the end (if time is reasonable) to show your courteousness and professionalism- if you don’t want to make a speech, that’s fine. You don’t have to- the Headteacher might want to wish you farewell and thank you in public for your years of service, but you can specifically mention this prior if you don’t want them to.
  19. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Despite my somewhat flippant post earlier, this is really what you need to do and the reason why.

    'Telling' the head you aren't going, either by email or face to face, is not the way to go. My head is one of the nicest around, but wouldn't be at all happy with me 'telling' him what I will and won't do.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
  20. afterdark

    afterdark Lead commenter

    It does really.

    You shouldn't be afraid to go. You should speak. Your voice is important.

    There are two main ways to go from this. Both involve making list of dates and times of what you list above.

    ask to say a few words. then

    first way is pointed thank certain people for their professionalism.

    If anyone foolishly asks about anyone else, refer to the list or ask who?

    Second way is to burn your bridges
    for example list all the sins against you and say this school would be a much better place if these things didn't happen. you might start with "I'm glad to be going because..."

    Once you have a card etc then take anything free, glass of lemonade cake or whatever and leave.

    You could always ask the head if there will be chance to make a speech? If the answer is no then leave at the normal finishing time.

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