Loud back­lash over school’s si­lence or­der

Solihull News - - NEWS - ASH­LEY PREECE ash­ley. preece@ reach­plc. com

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

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