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To have found this headteacher a bit rude?

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topicofaffairs Wed 25-Sep-13 22:36:05

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topicofaffairs Wed 25-Sep-13 22:39:08

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frogspoon Wed 25-Sep-13 22:55:15

She may have been rude, or she may have just been exceptionally busy as it was open day.

I think she should have at least smiled at you, dd and pupils, even if she didn't have time to properly stop and chat.

topicofaffairs Wed 25-Sep-13 23:00:28

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LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Wed 25-Sep-13 23:04:14

Go with your gut when choosing schools. They can have the shiniest new facilities in the world but it needs to feel right. The height of the displays is a good indicator for me.

Lilacroses Wed 25-Sep-13 23:06:05

Yes very rude. I don't care how busy you are you can smile at people and say "hi". It takes about a second and gives the impression that you actually know and like the pupils and that you welcome new people. It wouldn't put me off a secondary school though if the school in general was good and the other teachers were friendly.

BackforGood Wed 25-Sep-13 23:12:47

I suspect you must have been at my dds' school then. wink
However, the rest of the staff don't follow her example, fortunately.

edam Wed 25-Sep-13 23:13:35

Do you mean she didn't even acknowledge you or the pupils? Seems a bit off.

Letsface, what do you mean about the height of displays? Am going to an open evening tomorrow, would love to know what I should be looking for!

hmc Wed 25-Sep-13 23:13:45

I'd find that off putting too

topicofaffairs Wed 25-Sep-13 23:17:59

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bsc Wed 25-Sep-13 23:29:46

Height of displays? Do you mean that if they're out of the way of the pupils there are behaviour problems??? Or a rich area because all the pupils are so tall?

WHereabouts in the country (roughly) is this? Warn us, please! grin

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 26-Sep-13 06:33:47

Displays in corridors need to be at children's eye level - not so high up that only adults would have a cat's chance of reading them. It kind of says - these are for the benefit of the kids, which is a good indicator imo. it's a little thing that says a lot.

Catsnotrats Thu 26-Sep-13 06:55:51

Letsface - it's not always the case! I work in a Victorian building and a lot of our display boards are at adult height or higher because a lot of the walls have a sort of a dado rail type arrangement (which is part of the wall structure so can't be removed). We'd much rather have them lower but unfortunately it's impossible!

valiumredhead Thu 26-Sep-13 08:25:15

I would find that rude and the complete opposite of my experience of a recent open day.

edam Thu 26-Sep-13 11:18:30

Thanks letsface, not a huge issue for the secondary school we are going to see this evening then - but I'll look out for it in the Year 7 areas. Interesting, though, had never thought about it but now realise ds's primary does put displays low enough for children to see.

Jellybeanz1 Thu 26-Sep-13 11:47:06

One of the reasons we chose my dc school was the lovely way the head had whilst walking us through the reception area. The tiny year 2 and reception children were holding the doors open for us and he knew all their names and had a lovely manner with them.

topicofaffairs Thu 26-Sep-13 11:51:32

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LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 26-Sep-13 19:54:48

Cats I'm not sure why that would be impossible hmm

KittiesInsane Thu 26-Sep-13 19:59:08

Most secondary school children are taller than I am anyway.

overmydeadbody Thu 26-Sep-13 20:01:04

cats could you put displays below the rail? That's what I would do.

elcranko Thu 26-Sep-13 23:32:07

I'd be a bit put off too. YANBU.

Dayshiftdoris Thu 26-Sep-13 23:38:11

The HT I saw today on my first ever secondary open evening seemed very lovely

The SENCO was shock at description of my sons needs & his statement... They made it clear they were not the right school and ushered me out the door hmm

I'd have preferred an unfriendly head

cory Fri 27-Sep-13 07:03:25

If the displays were too low for me to read comfortably in a secondary school, I'd wonder if knee pads were part of the school uniform. grin

Seconday school children= adult sized. And getting taller with every generation.

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