A SCHOOL boy was put in detention for having the wrong pencil case – with his nan slamming the “stupid” school rules
Annie Speller went to pick her grandson up from school but began to worry he had been “kidnapped” when he didn’t come out.
She later found out where he was and claims she had not been informed by the Berkshire school about the detention.
Annie said she asked what her grandchild had done to deserve the after-school punishment, and they told her “he didn’t have a see-through pencil case”.
“I was sitting in my car waiting for him and all of a sudden all the kids had gone home and I thought where’s my grandson? I phoned my daughter-in-law but she didn’t answer,” Annie added.
“I was sitting there frantic, I thought someone had kidnapped him.”
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Annie called her son who was able to located the boy’s phone which showed he was still on school grounds.
The worried nan spoke to the headteacher and said “don’t be stupid” when she was told why her grandson was there.
Park House secondary school has been slammed for the new “rigid regime” that was brought in after it was put into special measures by Ofsted in June.
And after months of inspections, the school was taken over by Greenshaw Learning Trust, reports BerkshireLive.
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Since the new academic year started just a few weeks ago, parents have been expressing their concerns over the strict rules implemented by the Trust.
It has been claimed 30 pupils were in detention on one day, all for having the wrong type of pencil case.
Annie added, if children don’t have the right equipment, they get put into detention.
West Berkshire councillor Phillip Barnett said he has heard from a number of parents raising concerns about the new policies.
“I’m concerned about a rigid regime which seems to have gone from zero to a very high standard where people are not even given the leeway to rectify their misdemeanours,” he said.
Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “Our expectation is that all students present themselves in line with school policies, and Park House School offers support to all parents and students to do this.
“We have experience of successfully transforming schools, and believe the key to success is the creation of a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all our students. If any students or parents have any concerns they should contact the school directly.”