Pupils ar­rive in style for fi­nal-day farewell

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

There was a sur­prise in store for Year 6 leavers on their last day at Spring Grove School, Wye.

They ar­rived in style in two horse-drawn drays thanks to their par­ents who had se­cretly ar­ranged the trip.

The pupils were un­aware of the treat, and even the school had been kept in the dark un­til the last minute.

The drays picked up the 25 pupils from the Wooden Spoon in Wye and took them on a tour round the vil­lage be­fore trot­ting up to the school.

There, fel­low pupils lined up out­side to greet them.

Par­ent Alan Brooks said: “It was fan­tas­tic.

“The horses looked stun­ning and it was a great day.” Par­ents who are abu­sive to teach­ers have been taken to task by Home­wood School prin­ci­pal Sally Lees.

She has said the be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and her staff have been told to ter­mi­nate a con­ver­sa­tion if the abuse con­tin­ues.

Mrs Lees has been backed by National Union of Teach­ers Kent sec­re­tary John Walder.

He said: “You get peo­ple who think they can ex­press their frus­tra­tion or anger in a way which to many is un­ac­cept­able.

“I sym­pa­thise with Mrs Lees and back her up. Teach­ers should not be sub­jected to abu­sive lan­guage.”

Mrs Lees said the prob­lem was with a small mi­nor­ity of par­ents.

“We em­pha­sise mu­tual re­spect as one of our core prin­ci­ples un­der­pin­ning the ethos of the school,” she said. “I think it is re­ally im­por­tant that all con­ver­sa­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions which take place are re­spect­ful on all sides and pro­mote this ethos.”

Mrs Lees used a school news­let­ter to par­ents to voice her con­cerns.

In a mes­sage, she said: “Some­times, I am re­ally con­cerned at the way my staff are spo­ken to by par­ents.

“Staff should ex­pect to be treated with dig­nity and re­spect when they are in their place of

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Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2688350

Year six leavers ar­riv­ing at school by horse-dawn dray

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