Loud backlash over school’s silence order
AN Acocks Green school is facing a barrage of criticism over a new policy reportedly insisting on silence between classes.
Pupils who break the “silent corridor” rule at Ninestiles, An Academy will be given a 20- minute detention, a letter to parents warned.
Acting co- heads of the school Alex Hughes and Andrea Stephens said the policy would “ensure students arrive calmly and ready to learn”.
The letter said: “We know that behaviour is already of a high standard but we want and expect more from our learners, and so from Monday 5th November students will move around the building in silence during changeover times.
“This will ensure students arrive calmly and ready to learn and staff can give out any information they need to swiftly and easily.”
The school leaders added that students can relax and socialise during break and lunch times.
But the move has left some people puzzled, with one Twitter user saying: “I’m baffled... punishing all students because some won’t stop talking leading to bad behaviour.”
Another said: “Equally baffled here. Beyond draconian and, to be frank, probably unworkable.” The strict noise ban has sparked a fierce reaction from parents.
Jennie Guest wrote: “Oh my word, what is this world coming to? Silent corridors are fine for instance when exams are taking place. But detaining children for talking whilst walking from one lesson to another. Power mad teachers there... Talking is not bad behaviour.
“Communication is already very poor in the young... communication should be encouraged!”
Julie Coley fumed: “What a joke! School is supposed to be the happiest time of your life! More like a concentration camp.”
Keira Hyde added: “This doesn’t encourage social interaction. So the pupils will be socially awkward when they are older.”
But not everyone was critical. Colin Armstrong wrote: “Good and so they should, it’s a shame the parents don’t have this much control as shopping would be so much nicer...”
In a statement addressing concerns from parents, headteachers Alex Hughes and Andrea Stephens said: “Ninestiles is committed to the highest standards of behaviour and we know that students arriving to lessons ready to learn can be further supported by doing so in silence at certain points in the day.
“This is already an expectation for arrival at exams and during fire drills and, as such, is simply an extension of that code of behaviour.
“We will review this change at the end of Term 2 and the views of our students, parents and carers will be welcomed as part of that process.”
Ninestiles co- heads Andrea Stephens and Alex Hughes