Boy given glow­ing school re­ports – months af­ter he left

PAR­ENT BAF­FLED BY MES­SAGES OF PRAISE AND HOUSE POINTS ‘I con­tacted the school and re­minded them that he was no longer there’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Double Murder - One Year On - By Mar­i­jke Hall mhall@thek­m­ @Ken­tishgazette

A baf­fled par­ent has been re­ceiv­ing glow­ing school re­ports about her son’s be­hav­iour – de­spite him leav­ing four months ago.

Bungling ed­u­ca­tion chiefs at Bar­ton Court Gram­mar have con­tin­ued to send Samantha Fry no­ti­fi­ca­tions about 13-yearold Cameron, even though he left in Novem­ber.

The 43-year-old, of Ten­ter­den Drive, says she at first dis­missed it as a mis­take af­ter re­ceiv­ing an email about a de­ten­tion he had ap­par­ently been given, de­spite not be­ing in school.

“I con­tacted the school and re­minded them that he was no longer there,” she said.

“I was told it was sent by mis­take so I thought noth­ing of it.”

But in­stead, every Fri­day this year, the mum-of-two re­ceived up­dates about Cameron’s be­hav­iour on his on­line records.

The most re­cent this month show a teacher gave him house points for ex­cel­lent achieve­ment and con­tri­bu­tion, as well as a point for sus­tained ef­fort in re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion.

In a psy­chol­ogy les­son, a dif­fer­ent teacher says he was given ‘ver­bal praise’.

“How was he given ver­bal praise when he wasn’t even there?” said Ms Fry. “It makes a mock­ery of their be­hav­iour points sys­tem. To me it just seems the school is not tak­ing any no­tice of what chil­dren are do­ing. It’s quite amus­ing, but it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally wrong for all the kids who are still there and un­der a tremen­dous amount of pres­sure to do well.”

Ms Fry claims she even re­ceived an email from the mem­ber of staff who had ex­cluded Cameron say­ing he had to at­tend a com­pul­sory learn­ing sup­port ses­sion or he would be marked down as tru­ant.

She says the emails have stopped since Cameron, who has ADHD, started at a spe­cial­ist school and was taken off the roll at Bar­ton Court.

The school’s head, Kirstin Car­dus, says the mis­take was made by a new teacher who has now been given fur­ther train­ing.

“We have a new teacher who is teach­ing both these classes and she was pleased with the class and gave all the class a re­ward,” Ms Car­dus said.

“As he [Cameron] was on the roll, he re­ceived this re­ward like all oth­ers in the class, who were or were not present.

“The teacher has been spo­ken to and fur­ther train­ing ap­plied as she did not re­alise this would hap­pen.”

Cameron Fry has re­ceived house points from Bar­ton Court - de­spite leav­ing four months ago

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