Pupils roll up sleeves and get to work clean­ing class­rooms

Herald Express - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

PUPILS aged five to 11 are vac­u­um­ing their class­rooms at a pri­mary school in South Devon to ‘learn re­spect and save money’.

At the end of each school day, 10 pupils vol­un­teer to clean up class­rooms at The Grove School in Totnes, af­ter head teacher Hi­lary Priest learned that a sim­i­lar prac­tice was in place in Ja­pan.

The school pur­chased the cord­less vac­u­ums in the hope the chil­dren would learn re­spect for the class­room by mak­ing them re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing it tidy.

A care­taker is em­ployed at the school, but as the chil­dren are now clean­ing up, no ex­tra clean­ers are needed, sav­ing the school money.

Mrs Priest told the Daily Mail the chil­dren are en­thu­si­as­tic about the new regime and hopes their par­ents will ben­e­fit at home as well.

In a news­let­ter to fam­i­lies last month, she said: “Your chil­dren may talk about the class hoover and be­ing on a rota to use it at the end of each school day (Ja­panese style) – this is to en­cour­age the chil­dren to re­spect their class­room space and tidy up af­ter them­selves as well as help Peter our care­taker with his manag­ing to keep on top of a very full build­ing.

“You may even find the chil­dren of­fer­ing to Hoover up at home for you now as they do seem very keen.”

Each of the school’s 10 class­rooms has a vac­uum cleaner which pupils use on a rota.

Mrs Priest said: “We thought it was a good way to make sure ev­ery­one and the chil­dren re­spect our school and re­spect our en­vi­ron­ment.”

The re­cep­tion class is ex­empt from clean­ing du­ties, who are just “a bit too lit­tle”.

The Grove, which is rated out­stand­ing by Of­sted, has been praised by in­spec­tors for the ex­cel­lent be­hav­iour of its pupils.

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