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To red pen DD2's school newsletter, and post it back to them?

(114 Posts)
SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:49:39

Four A4 sides, last page has 11 spelling mistakes alone. I dare not check the other 3 pages, or I will have The Rage.

WIBU to correct it in red pen, and send it back to them?

burberryqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 10:50:48

no, do it!

nennypops Sat 27-Jul-13 10:50:53

No, go for it. It's probably down to some secretary but someone really should proof read. Otherwise in essence it is sending a message that spelling doesn't matter.

Nanny0gg England Sat 27-Jul-13 10:52:35

Do come back and tell us what they said!

bamboostalks Sat 27-Jul-13 10:52:41

Find that hard to believe, eleven errors on one page?

JenaiMorris Sat 27-Jul-13 10:53:02

It may well have been produced by students themselves rather than staff.

If you must return it though, please make sure the errors actually are errors!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:09

It's a newsletter ostensibly sent out by the Headmaster. Who should have spellchecked it. Some of the mistakes are very obviously autocorrects; Discus to Discuss, Javelin to Javeline (I'm being generous with that one). But there's plenty of others that are simply mistakes, one word has been spelt 4 different ways in 2 paragraphs.

Did I mention this is a Grammar School? hmm

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:23

That's right, get some poor bloody secretary into trouble so you can feel superior..........

fackinell Sat 27-Jul-13 10:54:31

Probably, but it would be funny! grin

I hope it's from the secretary and not the teacher...I was shocked to pick up a child from school one day and hear the teacher ask if he could draw a pic of Santa's reindeers for her!!!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:55:38

I'd scan it in and put a pic of it on my photos bamboo, but then it would be very obvious which school my DD goes to. As it is, there's 5 Grammar Schools in my area, so not immediately identifiable, and I'd prefer to keep it that way.

But yes, 11 spelling errors on one A4 side.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 10:57:19

curlew, I was a secretary for many years. I would have been ashamed to send out a document with that amount of errors. It's a secretary's job to be able to produce a correctly spelled, and grammatically correct document.

And the Headmaster should have proofed it, before signing it off.

burberryqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 10:58:00

curlew there is no excuse for a school secretary to send out such rubbish, there should be a system of proofreading/checking in place.

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 10:58:43

well the 'poor secretary' needs to know!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:00:48

It's got nothing to do with feeling superior either, I am genuinely shocked that this newsletter got sent out in this state.

Feminine Sat 27-Jul-13 11:01:02

I'd leave it.

It was the end of term. I'm not excusing it, but I would imagine the HT was seeing double by that point in the year.

I suppose that if you are still seeing in next term, you might need to tell someone that can 'fix' it!

Laquila Sat 27-Jul-13 11:03:36

Totally agree, OP. These people are jointly responsible for your kid's reading and writing skills - I would be very annoyed to receive such a letter and then (potentially) have my daughter's spellings homework corrected, for example.

Curlew I don't think it's about feeling superior - this is a presumably a reputable school with a responsibility to its kids. I've been a PA for years - I don't work for a school but if someone sent back one of my letters or presentations with spellings and grammar corrected I'd be a bit ashamed of myself!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:06:30

It's a highly regarded Grammar School. Which sort of makes it worse.

ajandjjmum Sat 27-Jul-13 11:14:25

I would correct it and return it to the Head.

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:17:14

Sarah I suspect you have given yourself away anyhow as I bet several parents have already marked that news letter and thought about sending it back.

DH and my dad both would have, DD2 would likely have a massive giggle too.

DD1 and me are dyslexic so try to be more tolerant, although that sounds so awful, I think even my limited proofing skills might be offended.

I do a fair bit of computer art work, posters leaflets etc. (which DH proos for spelling) and I get very wound up at obvious lazy layout, random fonts, spaces and obvious you cut and pasted this and didn't read it type errors.

Coconutty Costa Rica Sat 27-Jul-13 11:18:11

Do it and post it back to them.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:19:06

"It's a highly regarded Grammar School. Which sort of makes it worse."

Why?

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:19:47

I also get very wound up that this Fucking Wanker of a kindle refuses to have a red line spell checker anymore!

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:20:14

Why? Because it's supposed to be one of the best schools round here.

IvanaCake Sat 27-Jul-13 11:21:40

Do it. I would probably send it back anonymously though because I
am a wimp.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:23:48

I would too, purely because I would worry that DD2 would be disadvantaged by it. If it were a company, I'd happily put my name to it, but it would be unfair on DD to do otherwise.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 11:24:24

All Kindles are wankers, Star. Mine drives me potty with it's stupid autocorrect.

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:26:02

I don't think it being a grammar makes it worse in the sense that no school should send out lazy unproofed documents, but it makes it worse for the poor person who did.

Grammar school parents are far more likely to complain rather than giggle.

I know 90% of grammar school parents are lovely, but there are a few very competitive, nasty, point scoring ones, who leap on things like this with glee.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:27:49

So it wouldn't be so bad if a less prestigious school were crap at proof reading? Or maybe the parents there wouldn't notice?

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:29:39

I'm glad it's not just me.
I had a proper red line on error spell checker por a couple of weeks, then it vanished.

Now all I dare run is the next word suggest, which is nothing like good enough for my dyslexic brain.

(Full auto correct just goes crazy with my spelling).

CaptainJamesTKirk Sat 27-Jul-13 11:29:47

I wouldn't correct with a red pen, but I would return it (uncorrected) with a letter to the headmaster posting out that you have found x number of spelling mistakes in this and feel it makes the school and himself look quite unprofessional. I really would. It's not acceptable, it's shoddy and it's lazy.

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:36:02

Captain I like that.
That way you don't grt side tract in to petty discussions if you youmake an error in your red pen.

youarewinning Sat 27-Jul-13 11:37:01

I would.

I took in DS school report that states "<DSname> needs to concentrate more when writing to limit unnecessary mistakes" With DS' name spelt incorrectly grin

MalcolmTuckersMum Sat 27-Jul-13 11:37:28

Blimey curlew - are you one of those who think spelling and grammar have no place in modern life? It's people like you who are facilitating the race to the bottom isn't it? FGS have some ambition in life and do things properly.

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 11:37:48

get side tracked

I must preview on threads like this blush

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 11:38:43

curlew clearly nobody is saying that

HeySoulSister Sat 27-Jul-13 11:40:23

actually,i have noticed the odd mistake on our newsletters in the past....I never do anything

perhaps all parents should be more vigilant and actually inform the schools.

MargeSimpsonzzz Sat 27-Jul-13 11:42:19

I wouldn't bother. Two Queen Bees did a cookery book once and I was asked to type up some recipes. Ok I said. I typed them up. They 'corrected' my work with mistakes. they gave everything a capital letter. They put two ps in Paprika, no 3 like this Papprika and then at the end, I was credited with the typing! thanks to marge simpson for typing up the recipes!!! I was so embarrassed.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:42:47

Nope. I think spelling and grammar are incredibly important. However, I think marking and sending back a badly proofread newsletter is arrogant and pointless. And I think that thinking it's somehow worse because it's a highly regarded school is ..odd.

Go in to the school next term and talk to somebody about it. There should be procedures in place to make sure this doesn't happen.

Nanny0gg England Sat 27-Jul-13 11:43:32

What CaptainJamesTKirk suggested. Safer option.
Especially as, OP, you said 'I would have been ashamed to send out a document with that amount of errors.'

I think you meant number...

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:44:01

"curlew clearly nobody is saying that"

So what are they saying, then? Why is it worse because it's a well regarded school?

SybilRamkin Sat 27-Jul-13 11:45:25

Curlew, get a grip.

OP, do it, but make sure you just send it in an envelope anonymously as you don't want to disadvantage your DD!

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 11:47:45

"OP, do it, but make sure you just send it in an envelope anonymously as you don't want to disadvantage your DD!"

Or do what CaptainJamesTKirk suggests, and deal with it like a grown up.

RatUpADrainpipe Sat 27-Jul-13 11:51:34

Oh FFS curlew - stop nitpicking purlease !

MargeSimpsonzzz Sat 27-Jul-13 11:52:43

I was a secretary for years. My spelling is good. In fact the problem with my bosses seemed to be that they couldn't fathom that my spelling might be better.

One boss who was otherwise lovely drew a big line across a letter where I'd corrected his spelling of irreparable. He told me it was irrepairable. I said "did you check that before you drew a line through my work!'. He had to admit that he hadn't. He asked me to do it again and I said no! I said I did it right the first time!

WorraLiberty England Sat 27-Jul-13 12:01:04

I don't know if I'd correct it and send it back, but I would certainly point it out to the Head.

I know it was ostensibly sent out by him/her but the Head shouldn't have to micro manage the Secretary, whose job it is to send out correctly spelled letters.

If the teachers/cleaners/cooks weren't doing their jobs properly, it wouldn't be down to the Head to do it for them either.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 12:02:20

"Oh FFS curlew - stop nitpicking purlease !"

grin at that on this thread!

Seriously. Sending it back anonymously is pointless and passive aggressive. Talking about it with the school is sensible and grown up.

And why does it matter what sort of school it is?

RatUpADrainpipe Sat 27-Jul-13 12:05:05

grin oh curlew - don't you 'get' it ?

yegodsandlittlefishes Sat 27-Jul-13 12:05:50

I had a laugh at this title, OP, as I have felt the same way about various primary school newsletters, even though my own spelling and punctuation is not always irreproachable. I'm a little taken aback that this is from a secondary school though, and a well respected grammar. You could reply with a note asking if the school secretary is leaving and whether this is their way of advertising for someone already involved in the school who can spell, and isn't afraid to respond! grin

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sat 27-Jul-13 12:07:57

I would definitely make them aware of it. It's not acceptable.

I used to work for a school who sent out a lot of documents with errors, and the website was a nightmare for stupid text errors. They didn't want to hear about it though hmm

WorraLiberty England Sat 27-Jul-13 12:10:37

When my DS was in yr 2, he brought home a homework sheet that asked him to describe his favourite toy.

One of the questions said, "How old was you when you got this toy?" hmm

I showed it to the Head and she looked like she was going to explode with rage! grin

storynanny Sat 27-Jul-13 12:11:14

Hi, teacher here. Tell them, it's totally unacceptable.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 12:11:45

" oh curlew - don't you 'get' it ?"

"Get" what?

Tittypulumpcious Sat 27-Jul-13 12:13:56

Do it! put a B- in a red circle with 'could do better' next to it! grin

JenaiMorris Sat 27-Jul-13 12:14:13

The importance of spelling and grammar is overrated sometimes.

It's a very good thing, proper English, but people can get a bit fetishistic about it.

My bet is that students wrote the newsletter. Still ought to have been proofread and I might be inclined to politely mention this.

beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 12:14:55

Sarah Stratton. I bet the High Schools Newsletter, was perfect with not one spelling mistake then!

SirChenjin Sat 27-Jul-13 12:16:50

Send it back - definitely. No school should be sending things out with spelling mistakes. Dear god, if a school can't get this right what hope is there?

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 12:25:46

<sigh>

Or deal with it like a grown up........

beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 12:25:53

I think you need to "Seek" an immediate explanation!

BlackeyedSusan England Sat 27-Jul-13 12:26:18

yabvvvvvvvvv u

mark it with 6green^ pen don't you know, then send it back asking him to do his green pen work grin

SirChenjin Sat 27-Jul-13 12:35:17

Oh dear curlew - is someone disagreeing with you?

<sigh>

NoComet Sat 27-Jul-13 12:54:40

I haven't got DH to proof our school newsletter, it is very long and I've only skimmed it on my phone.

I hope it's pretty reasonable as...

A over subscribed Grammar school can get away with being careless. A comprehensive in an area with falling rolls can't, especially when it's in special measures.

Likewise, I hope someone has been over the Website with a fine toothed comb.

Sadly, sometimes giving the faintest hint of a bad impression becomes, disproportionately serious.

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 13:03:16

Starballbunny- get one of the governors to proof read the next one for you.....we love that sort of job. Nice and short and really useful!

sparklekitty Sat 27-Jul-13 13:32:36

I had a bit of marked homework returned to me 'corrected' once. The mum had 'corrected' their to there wrongly!

Just make sure you are correcting it correctly as such smile

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 13:54:48

Oh God, NannyOgg, I do mean 'number', don't I! <weeps>

I could blame it on my baby brain, but my baby is 15. blush

<marks self C-> <in red pen>

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 13:56:01

I know that if I were a prospective parent, and I'd received this newsletter, I'd be ever so slightly doubtful about the school. It's sloppy. Sloppy shouldn't happen.

Eyesunderarock Sat 27-Jul-13 13:57:49

I'm an old-fashioned teacher. I'd do it.
I have done it in the past. grin

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 14:03:05

I can't send it back. I just killed two nobbing flies with it. blush

JenaiMorris Sat 27-Jul-13 14:28:18

'Sadly, sometimes giving the faintest hint of a bad impression becomes disproportionately serious'

Absolutely, Star.

There's more to education, learning and life generally than spelling.

Eyesunderarock Sat 27-Jul-13 14:30:36

I'd agree if that was a child's work Jenai, and mark according to age and ability.
But this is a newsletter put out by a school and prepared by an adult being paid to do so. I'd expect accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

cardibach Sat 27-Jul-13 14:39:09

As I have sometimes said on here before with regards to sloppy spelling, I'm not sure 'carelessness' is to blame. If you can spell and punctuate it is second nature and therefore it isn't easier to do it incorrectly. Of course typos happen, but surely spell check would pick those up?
I think the school do need to be told, but, as curlew says, it should be done in a grown up way. Actually go in and talk about it or write a letter pointing it out (nicely). I'm a teacher, by the way.

Blessyou Sat 27-Jul-13 14:42:43

"I can't send it back. I just killed two nobbing flies with it. "

Yes, you can.

Dear HT,
I must protest about this letter. The spelling is dreadful, and there are two dead flies stuck it! grin

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 14:47:50

grin

EstelleGetty Sat 27-Jul-13 14:55:58

Not terribly keen on the assumption that the mistakes indicate that it must have been written by a secretary. Many people who work in administration are incredibly well-educated. A few secretary friends of mine are a damn sight more intelligent (and better spellers) than plenty of the teachers I've known.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 14:58:36

Well, I sincerely doubt the Headmaster wrote it himself. He's currently stretched between two schools, and we hardly ever see him.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 14:59:01

I'll not disagree about the high intelligence of most secretaries though, having been one. grin

edam Sat 27-Jul-13 15:05:17

When I was a secretary, I once had an idiot boss who insisted on putting back in mistakes I'd taken out.

So I photocopied his signature from the letter he had signed into my version that had been corrected. grin

soapboxqueen Sat 27-Jul-13 15:14:02

Spelling ability has nothing to do with general intelligence. Being good at spelling generally means you are good at spelling, not that you are incompetent.

I wouldn't send the work back with corrections as it is childish. However, it does no favours for the school's image.

I would email and just state that you noticed a few errors and that it doesn't reflect well on the school to either parents, prospective parents or the community.

edam Sat 27-Jul-13 16:10:35

If you are intelligent, you can learn to spell. An intelligent person who makes frequent spelling mistakes is either lazy or has a specific learning disability in that area, such as dyslexia. But many people with dyslexia have developed techniques that help them and make far fewer mistakes than lazy people who think spelling just doesn't matter.

(The law of sod suggests I'm bound to have made a mistake in that post...)

MargeSimpsonzzz Sat 27-Jul-13 16:22:29

Edam, that is priceless! I wish I'd thought of that! Actually, my old boss, he was extremely amiable and basically a really decent guy. But he was a cockney type who left school early and made good. He was very confident despite his lack of education and I wouldn't grudge him that confidence. I got on with him very well. He wanted me to type up a letter he was sending to a private school. He was applying for a place for his son. It was full of mistakes and it was sycophantic about the school, and it hardly mentioned his son. That was the only letter I ever went totally rogue on. I totally blush re-jigged it completely, and sent it off myself with a forged signature! His son was a nice boy and bright and he got in. I hope it was worth it. hmm what shocking meddling on my part. I can't believe I did that now. Maybe his son hated the place and wishes he'd gone to a comprehensive.

MargeSimpsonzzz Sat 27-Jul-13 16:29:34

My brother had dyslexia and he couldn't read until he was 11. Then one day he picked up The Hobbit and read it cover to cover. Now, in his 40s, his spelling is excellent, I have never seen him make a mistake.

Male good spellers are not as good as female good spellers in my experience. But that is jme. Words like rapport which are obviously from another language might catch out otherwise good spellers.

treacleturkey Sat 27-Jul-13 17:23:31

Agree with Estelle; two secretaries I know have fabulous English compared to their newly-out-of-college NQT teachers who don't seem to have a clue!
When I was doing supply for a History teacher who was ill, I was so tempted to remove several of her posters with appalling English, it made my fingers itch all day!

Scholes34 Sat 27-Jul-13 17:36:27

The person who signs off the letter is ultimately responsible for its content . . . and you'd hope the Head would have recruited a secretary who could proof-read and produce a piece of work with no mistakes.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Sat 27-Jul-13 18:55:44

I wouldn't be impressed. Smacks of sloppiness and if you're going to be sloppy about something that is going to be sent out to the wider school community, what are standards like within?

Mammagaga Sat 27-Jul-13 19:05:36

Oooohhhhh do it!!! My kids school newsletters are the same I've always wanted to do it but never got round to it!!! What hope do the children have!!

HollyBerryBush Sat 27-Jul-13 19:09:23

It's probably down to some secretary

patronising much?

Its usually the office that has to correct the teachers.

alistron1 Sat 27-Jul-13 19:12:04

I'm the 'some secretary' who writes a school newsletter (actually, there are no such things as secretary's in schools - there are finance officers, business managers and office staff)

I have my newsletter proof read by two people, but it's amazing how easily an erroneous apostrophe/omission or a random spell check correction can be missed.

I've had parents point out mistakes to me, and I thank them for it.

Eyesunderarock Sat 27-Jul-13 19:18:09

LOL
Random apostrophes indeed.grin

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:19:07

We still have school secretaries. We also have a school nurse, based full time at the school. I've picked DD up from her office, when she'd just gone back after Whooping Cough, and was struggling. There's even two little beds in there.

Eyesunderarock Sat 27-Jul-13 19:21:00

It is why I have my reports read by two other people, despite my having a high standard of written English. It's easy to miss something.
I also take correction gracefully, if by a child, they get a merit mark as well as a 'Thank you'.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:23:42

That's nice, and confidence giving, too.

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:25:46

I'm generally a 'live and let live' person, and get very cross when people are critical of spellings / typos on a chat forum such as this, but a written document being sent out from the school, needs to be correct.
I do think I'd bring it to the attention of someone at the school, because I think it reflects badly on the school. not sure about the red pen bit though.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:26:44

Seriously. It is the Summer holidays ...

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:26:52

I agree Alistron it's easy for the odd error to slip through, but I think the OP's newsletter is a lot different from that.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:28:30

WTF has that got to do with anything?

apostropheuse Sat 27-Jul-13 19:29:56

*I'm the 'some secretary' who writes a school newsletter (actually, there are no such things as secretary's in schools - there are finance officers, business managers and office staff)

I have my newsletter proof read by two people, but it's amazing how easily an erroneous apostrophe/omission or a random spell check correction can be missed.*

... and you've just proved your point beautifully with your use of secretary's.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:30:17

Not sure where that is headed but if the Summer hols then ...seriously just chill. If your kids are doing well and are getting their targets or beyond then spend six weeks with them not worrying about a newsletter

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:35:51

Err, I'm not worried in the slightest, DD is Y11, and perfectly capable of spelling correctly. I'm still allowed to be annoyed at the sloppiness of the thing.

BackforGood Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:08

It's the sort of thing I would mention at a Parent's Forum type situation.... "er, I'm not sure who sees these in school before they get sent home, but are you aware they are going out with about a dozen spelling mistakes per page?" type comment.
The staff would probably be horrified, but really pleased they now know and can do something about it, rather than finding out months or years down the line that it's been happening for a long time.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:36

Yes you are Sarah.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Belgium Sat 27-Jul-13 19:36:57

Don't red pen it, you'll look like an arse, and Sod's law guarantees you'll make a mistake (your rogue apostrophe upthread is left as an exercise for the reader grin). But do point it out. I had to beg the school receptionist three times to change the sign in the office wishing them all a "successfull" term.

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:37:45

grin you'll look like an arse

queenofthepirates Japan Sat 27-Jul-13 19:40:19

Do it, I ALWAYS want to know if I've made a mistake so I can do better and don't look a twat.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:40:47

I won't red pen it, I'm oh SO tempted, but it would be the height of arsiness.

I used to love the half termly menus that came home from one school. Bolognese featured heavily, and whoever typed it up used to spell it differently every time. To this day I am confused by the word, having seen so many variations of it.

thebody Sat 27-Jul-13 19:43:34

well you should have sent them to the local comp.

ours is 'outstanding' and the news letters are worthy of Jane Austen. 😄

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:44:26

Right with you the body...and ours is in colour...

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 19:49:57

Ours isn't outstanding, and she got into the school under her own steam, she's clever and driven, it would be wrong of me to deny her the opportunities she wants.

Ours was in colour too, it's a good, interesting newsletter, apart from the mistakes. I've not looked at the other 3 pages, I've no intention of correcting it at all, but it was tempting!

imnotmymum Sat 27-Jul-13 19:52:51

Not outstanding? My DD is clever and driven and goes to our brill comp (beat private schools don't you know) and I do not think I am denying her opportunities... Any way that another thread. Just saying ...

curlew Sat 27-Jul-13 19:58:41

Just follow the course of action so wisely set out by CaptainJamesTKirk several pages back (good thing she has a memorable name). That way the school gets the prod it needs to sharpen up its act and nobody looks, feels or acts like an arse. Simple.

thebody Sat 27-Jul-13 20:08:28

imnotmymum, yes.

op not having a pop but our local comps (2) are both Ofsted outstanding so yes we are lucky.

think some grammar schools are trading in past glories and parents aspirations and need to sort themselves out.

both me and dh went grammar and wouldn't dream of them for our kids as they have most defiantly passed their best now.( the local ones)

of course though it depends on where you live and we all do the best we can for our kids.

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Sat 27-Jul-13 20:08:34

I moved here because the school she was at was failing. DD1 was doing A levels at the same school, she was struggling with a lack of basics like text books, teachers turning up, teachers bunging a DVD of Coast on for Geography lessons, and not setting work. She got EED for her first year exams, came up here, resat the year and got BBB. Simply because she was being taught well.

I know schools, and grammar and private schools in particular, can be an emotive subject, but I couldn't leave them at a school that was being put on special measures. It's their future that's affected, and I simply wanted to do the best for them.

beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 20:29:11

Sarah. I Think your DDs Head should say"FECE QUOD,FALIANT MELIORA POTENTES" regarding the spelling mistakes. I HAVE DONE MY BEST LET THOSE WHO CAN DO BETTER.

beatback Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:58

SORRY" I HAVE DONE MY BEST LET THOSE WHO CAN, DO BETTER"!

mumandboys123 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:50:50

not red - it's too aggressive. Try green or my personal favourite is purple. I have also been known to mark in pink. Ho hum...

mumandboys123 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:51:54

sorry, should have written it more...'too aggressive' as that's not my personal opinion.

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