Private school plumbs new depths

(134 Posts)
Lemonsole Sat 24-Nov-12 15:16:03

Well. I have browsed many a thread here about the depths that Queen Ethelburger's school/faculty/college will go to in the quest for pupils.

Here I am, one of the people least likely ever to use a private school, and today they sent me a mail shot.

My jaw hit the deck when I saw inside it a list, by full name, of their leavers, together with their university destination and course, and full A level results.

Would anyone here ever send their DC to a school that sent that information out to randoms? Really? Here is my email to them, but I am wondering whether I should also report them elsewhere. Has any other Guardian-reading southerners been sent this rubbish?

I am horrified that you have mail shot me. My children are far too important to me to take the risk of educating them in any school that needs to send out mail shots to people who have never expressed any interest in your school.

However, as a teacher and parent, I am even more horrified that you sent the names, A-level grades and current university of your leavers in a mailing. This alone shows me that you have no respect for the personal data of your pupils and show scant regard for the most basic safeguarding procedures. You can show destinations without names, you know. Any good school or college can do this. 

Do not contact me again. I am a member of the mailing preference service. Do not pass my data on to any other organisation. The reference on your envelope was jhjhjhjhjhjhjhjhj Please confirm my email that you have deleted my details and that they will not be passed on. I would also be interested to know where you got my address from.

Umeboshi Sun 02-Dec-12 17:35:18

Greythorne -- in Xenia's very own words:

'No one disputes that their [the good state schools'] exam results are excellent. What I meant in passing was some of our schools which take children who don't go there will trumpet someone in the local paper with relatively mediocre grades, that's all ...'

Is that really so hard to decipher?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sun 02-Dec-12 17:38:43

The fact that she chose the word 'trumpeting' to describe 'making known to the local press' is not really proof of anything though, is it? It's just a perjorative verb that she has chosen, not an accurate objective description of what happens.

Greythorne Sun 02-Dec-12 19:16:28

Wgere did she talk about them being pompous?

I accept she used the word 'trumpet" but nowhere did she say pompously.

Mutteroo Mon 03-Dec-12 07:39:46

If you ever order items on the Internet, you'll come across the boxes which ask you if you want mail shots from them 'tick or untick this box'. The next blurb will ask you if you mind your details being passed to a third party and again its a 'tick or untick' the box. Quite often the wording is confusing and people end up agreeing to their details being passed on in error. Is it possible this has happened to you OP? So easily done.

There are businesses that still abuse the system though, Even if you've signed up to the mail and phone services, you still get junk from them. The fines are minuscule and it would appear many businesses will pay the fines and offset this against the money they make from those who fall for their ,...ahem...charms.

DC old schools only list destinations, however DS school used to list full names. You'll also find many private schools list full names and prep schools when publishing scholarship results.

annh Mon 03-Dec-12 10:55:05

Yes, and sneakily if you tick the boxes not to receive marketing stuff and then move onto the next page but have made an error or left out a phone number of something, when you go back to the original page, it often seems to default the opt-out clause back to receiving mailings etc. Unless you specifically tick the boxes again, you then proceed to payment without realising that the options have changed.

LettyAshton Mon 03-Dec-12 12:11:37

Dh got one too the other day. So I don't think they got their mailing list from Mumsnet!

Biscuitsneeded Mon 03-Dec-12 19:37:55

My partner got one of those too. We found it quite amusing. I do think that any school that resorts to sending mailshots is probably not a school you'd want to send your child to - even if you did have any spare money, and even if you weren't opposed to private education as a general principle anyway... I do think they could do their market research a bit more thoroughly!

Biscuitsneeded Mon 03-Dec-12 19:43:43

My partner got one of those too. We found it quite amusing. I do think that any school that resorts to sending mailshots is probably not a school you'd want to send your child to - even if you did have any spare money, and even if you weren't opposed to private education as a general principle anyway... I do think they could do their market research a bit more thoroughly!

NessaYork Sat 25-May-13 07:01:48

QE's is owned by an Insurance Company specialising in equestrian and pet insurance policies. Maybe they got your details through a financial services organisation?

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