Harvest Horror – Saturday update
I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you so much for reminding me how strong we can be together.
Through comments on my blog post and Facebook, I have learned that the letter sent home to parents was also posted on the school website, with a notice on the home page directing people to it. Both have since been removed.
Yesterday, those parents who had posted on our closed Facebook group in support of me were approached at school by the head teacher and given her version of events. The admin of the group was invited to a meeting in the head’s office where she was given the head’s reasoning again and told it would have been better had I sat at the back of the hall, in a corner. I was at home looking after my baby, who has been poorly since Thursday night (though much better this morning), and my husband collected our eldest son from school. The head teacher did not approach him at all, although she knows who he is.
This morning, a handwritten letter from the head teacher was hand delivered to my home. I’m not sure that it’s “right” to post the content here, so I will summarise: she apologises unreservedly for any offence caused, which was unintentional. She only wanted to help particular children to behave and is sorry if I was upset in the process.
My thoughts are that this letter is completely at odds with the letter that went out to parents yesterday. She has not apologised for asking me to stop, suggesting I should move, be more discreet, suggesting it is a protection issue, breaking the law, sending a letter to parents, placing it on the website or any of the things I think she should apologise for. She has apologised if I am offended by her stance.
I will still be going ahead with my letter to the Governors and Local Authority (and as many have now suggested, Ofsted).