Is school being unrassonable?

(88 Posts)
Vickibee Sat 20-Apr-13 13:13:14

We got a letter home friday stating we must collect our children at 315 instead of the usual 330 . This is because they are starting parents eve apps at 315. My work finishes at 3pm planned to fit school finishes and the earliest I can arrive is 325 as it is a 10 mile journey. My boss is really finicky over time and will not be happy about me leaving early but what else am I meant to do
Would parents be within their rights to complain about this to the LEA?

Pozzled Sat 20-Apr-13 16:54:45

spanieleyes I assumed that all classes are finishing early every day, so teachers can see parents after school and not have to stay late. Vickibee is that what's happening?

sarahtigh Sat 20-Apr-13 16:56:41

spanieleyes of course it is for 5 nights they want all children away at 3,15 so they can start appointments at 3,15 every day not just the day when OP has her appointment

the government expect parents to work while schools are not free childcare they do need to realise that work is not optional and that in the vast majority of jobs time keeping is not flexible and may people commute (the government considers 90 minute commute reasonable)

it is the lack of thought; it is not an emergency; parents evening were not decided on friday they could easily have given a months notice but told people on friday evening for monday it seems like 3 days which is short enough but in practice because work can't in most cases be informed till 8/9am on monday in reality it is about 6 hours notice

the school have been thoughtless and selfish, it is supposed to be a pupil/school/parent partnership not a test of parental flexibility on the whim of the school

i am a dentist while of course i could leave if my DD was rushed to hospital i can't rearrange appointments because school decides to finish early, i certainly could not rearrange for this

minnisota Sat 20-Apr-13 16:58:32

Spaniel-if i've read it right, each teacher is spreading their appointments over five days between 3.15 & 4.30.
So while OP only neds to go on Thursday, she needs to pick up early each day at 3.15 to accomodate the teacher seeing other people at that time.
Imo yanbu, i would be annoyed too

storynanny Sat 20-Apr-13 17:14:34

Hi vickibee, teacher here. It's very unreasonable to give such short notice as it would have been a decision made earlier in the week. You would be perfectly entitled to let the school know that in future( because I suspect it will happen again) more notice is required for working parents to make alternative arrangements.
However re other postings about hours worked. Most schools do more than the legal minimum so this sort of arrangement and finishing early at end of term etc, is most likely to be legal.

spanieleyes Sat 20-Apr-13 17:17:27

Seems a bit daft just to start 15 minutes early then! You could only see one, possibly two parents in 15 minutes and in doing so manage to hack off the rest! I'd just turn up at the normal time, the school can't turn your child out onto the streets.

storynanny Sat 20-Apr-13 17:36:50

Spaniel eyes, everything about your post is totally correct!

storynanny Sat 20-Apr-13 17:38:23

Ps very unfair of the head teacher also to make their teachers do parents evening straight after a days work, without even time for a quick wee and cup of tea.

Euphemia Sat 20-Apr-13 18:09:05

I'm a teacher and I think the school is being unreasonable - I've never heard such nonsense! We are contracted to do parents' evenings - til 9pm if necessary! The amount of notice is unfair too - it seems to assume that parents are sitting at home with nothing better to do.

Could it be something like the school has to start paying for use of the building after 5pm? Here, the council charges us (or anyone else, like Rainbows/Brownies) after 6pm.

Euphemia Sat 20-Apr-13 18:11:22

Also, if appointments start the minute the children leave, does the poor teacher not get a chance to go to the toilet? Middle aged teacher with poor bladder alert.

kim147 Sat 20-Apr-13 18:14:53

Your head isn't some young male head with no family to look after?
Just a wild assumption grin

BottleRed76 Sat 20-Apr-13 19:02:42

YANBU
The school should give adequate notice.

Vickibee Sat 20-Apr-13 19:21:41

The ht is in her forties with a 15 yo son

HedgeHogGroup Sat 20-Apr-13 19:39:45

Actually, you can't complain to the LA anymore anyway - Michael Gove has taken them out of the loop.
The system now goes
1. Teacher
2. Headteacher
3. Chair of Governors
4. Michael Gove

Don't hold your breath waiting for a decisive reply hmm

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