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FEARNS par­ents stand up for their school after pupil opt-out snub. The head­teacher has is­sued an open in­vite to prospec­tive par­ents to visit the school (web­site Oct 5) Louise O’Leary: We all have our own thoughts about what is best for our chil­dren – but so up­set by the fact we where not given a choice! Stephanie Hunt Gar­side: My daugh­ter went to an ‘out­stand­ing’ rated school un­til the end of year 9 and hated it, I had no sup­port from the teach­ing or pas­toral staff (I won’t name the school be­cause I don’t think slat­ing any school is good for its cur­rent pupils or the greater com­mu­nity). The only school with a place for her for year 10 was Fearns and I’ll be hon­est, I was wor­ried be­cause of the sto­ries I’d heard. My daugh­ter has just started uni study­ing Law, she worked hard, had my sup­port and the sup­port of some great teach­ers, most of whom are still at the school. My son has just started year 10 and is on course for A*s, As and Bs and I’ve al­ready had feed­back from some of his teach­ers. My kids work hard and have had the sup­port I would ex­pect from any high school. I’m ask­ing all of you who are slat­ing the school to please spare a thought for the chil­dren who are still there and to stop mak­ing it an im­pos­si­ble task for the teach­ing staff who are try­ing to pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion for them. If your chil­dren don’t go there then why are you mak­ing it your prob­lem? Anne Fit­ton: My daugh­ter has just left Fearns and her re­sults were bril­liant and my son is there I’ve never had a prob­lem with Fearns. Look around be­fore slat­ing it. Gil­lian Casey: Peo­ple slate it and they don’t know any­thing and their kids don’t go, so how can they judge? My daugh­ter goes to Fearns and is do­ing fan­tas­tic. Nathan McLean: A child’s suc­cess at school is not about the Of­sted re­port – it is a com­bi­na­tion of the staff, which need to be con­sis­tent and re­main in post/com­mit­ted, par­ents which need to be sup­port­ive of the school and its poli­cies and pro­ce­dure and of course how the child them­selves en­gages at school and ap­plies them­selves. Also, why are kids from Rochdale al­lowed to go to Whit­worth High? Surely if it’s a Lan­cashire County school, then Lan­cashire County chil­dren should be given pri­or­ity, and not a child from a neigh­bour­ing bor­ough. Nick O’Leary: I partly agree but I also find it strange that LCC sug­gested we look to take our daugh­ter to Tod­mor­den High which is in Calderdale. What is that all about? Emma Nield: Fearns has smaller classes which in my opin­ion works bet­ter, their fa­cil­i­ties are fan­tas­tic. In­stead of bad mouthing the school and staff and the head maybe try sup­port­ing them and giv­ing Fearns a chance.

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