Category Archives: schools

Reviews

UPDATE: The review in question has been removed, so it’s no longer possible to view it.

I’ve received an anonymous comment very similar to this one on my blog last week. I didn’t publish it as I don’t know anything about the school in question. I’m also not naming the school in this blog post, as I don’t think it’s fair when people go a-googling.

When Gregg’s the Bakers changes its signage, I feel qualified to harp on about that. I walk past Gregg’s. I even occasionally eat their veggie pasties, even though I know I shouldn’t.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have kids. The last time I set foot in a school was when John Major was prime minister. So please understand my total lack of expertise here.

We have looked in the past at the websites of the local schools, and I must admit that the admissions policies of “faith schools” do scare me slightly. If you want to send your children to this school, you must have been attending a local church for at least 2 years, and the vicar must know you. So what happens if you lose your faith whilst your child is at the school? If you decide that you can no longer bring your child up with one set of beliefs, should that child leave their friends?

On the other hand, the school in question stands out to me as a casual observer precisely because it looks so idyllic. Their most recent Ofsted reports marked them as “outstanding”. The setting and style of the building reminds me of my very happy time at a local non-faith comprehensive primary school in the 80s (nowhere near here).

Back then, my school still made you sing hymns, had groovy vicars tell you that Jesus was cool, and occasional teachers who would tell you that you’d go to hell because you weren’t christened. All of which was just part of going to school for me. On the other hand, if you were “different” from the majority of kids at the school, you didn’t have such an easy time of it.

If you have any thoughts or comments about this, please think very carefully before posting. I can’t afford to be sued, and I don’t want allegations about specific people on this post. Teaching isn’t an easy job.

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Stabbing in Blackheath

Grim story from Monday, about a teenage stabbing in Blackheath outside a school.  More here:

Teenage Stab Victims Arrested

Residents shocked at teenage stabbings

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Playground bullying

From kites to something less delightful. As I trawl the internet looking for bits of Blackheath, I came across two new clips added to Youtube. In this wonderful new high tech world that we live in, school children don’t just get into fights in the playground, they upload the fights onto youtube afterwards.

This really reminds me of the worst bits of being at school – the sense of being in a cross between a zoo and a prison, and feeling a bit queasy on a Sunday evening. Being an adult is great in comparison, I think.

If anyone knows Liam, Dimas, Kemnal, or whatever they’re called, maybe have a word with their teacher, and get them put in detention or something.

Anyway, here are the two videos in all their miserable glory. Lots of playground language if you know what I mean. Video 1 and Video 2

If you’re having trouble at school with bullying, then tell an adult that you trust.

More anti-bullying info

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