In response to the Education article on page three of Friday’s edition I feel compelled to highlight inaccuracies in reporting on the unauthorised absence case.
• No warning was issued to children.
• In fact no warning was issued at all.
• In dialogue with the parent there was no mention that similar behaviour in future could lose the children their places.
• The school was extremely mindful of the children’s distress and held a special assembly on bereavement when the children returned.
In a conversation with the family, the headteacher did express her regret about the family’s loss and assured them that because of the circumstances the five day absence would not receive a fixed term penalty.
Chair of Governors, Ballifield Primary School