Silence still the rule at school
STAFF MEET CONCERNED PARENTS OVER CORRIDOR NOISE BAN
THE school at the centre of a row over forcing students to walk to and from class in complete silence has apologised to parents.
Headteachers at Ninestiles, An Academy, though, is refusing to back down and will go ahead by enforcing so- called silent corridors as soon as children return after halfterm.
In a new letter sent out to concerned parents, co- heads Andrea Stephens and Alex Hughes apologised twice in the first two paragraphs.
The pair said they were “realists” and that silent corridors would, on reflection, be phased in gradually at the school.
Last week, parents staged a twohour meeting with senior staff over concerns about the introduction of the strict noise ban.
In an update posted on the Nines- tiles Parents Against Silence Facebook group, mum Susan Hunter said: “I’m afraid to say we did not get the new silence rule abolished.
“We did, however, have a very interesting discussion with school.
“By no means did we agree with what they wanted from us, but this is as good as it gets right now.”
In a fresh statement issued last week, co- headteachers at Ninestiles, An Academy said: “We have had a helpful, constructive and friendly discussion about the implementation of silent transitions.
“We listened carefully to parents’ concerns and explained the benefits of silent transitions during times such as lesson changeover.
“Experience elsewhere shows that, academically and socially, children are better prepared for lessons, improving punctuality and enabling classes to start on time.
“This benefits students individually, the whole class and the school generally.
“We also explained that this approach will be introduced as planned on a phased basis when students return after the half- term break when the policy will apply to clearly marked areas so that we can learn from its introduction.
“We will invite parents to meet with us again as part of the review process.
“We are committed to supporting all students and ensuring the best possible educational outcomes.
“Our belief is that this approach will enhance the overall environment and their education.”
Meanwhile, a petition to quell silence at Ninestiles, An Academy has reached more than 1,000 signatures.
Jenny Kearns, who launched the petition, said: “My concerns stretch over many levels.
“My son, in Year 9, is in the start of his exam years and needs a good strong environment to learn and grow in.
“I’m worried this move will damage our children.”