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anyone a teacher?/telling your boss

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cloudlessskies Wed 03-Aug-16 20:22:26

Hi all. I'm 8 weeks pg and had my booking in appointment today and was told the date of my 12 week scan. I'm a teacher and it falls on the second day back of this new term. At work we are requested to give a weeks notice of any appointments during school hours.

My question is, legally do I have to tell my headteacher what appointment I need to go to? I'd rather wait until after the scan but if I've not said does it then look bad when if all is well I go back and say I'm pg? and....

As it is the holiday's do you think I should contact the head to give notice? If so how? email/phone call? or do I not interrupt the heads holidays but am then in the bad books for asking for time off immediately at the start of term?

The day is actually a training day so no cover would need to be arranged for me. I never usually request time for doctor's appointments and also don't want to be thought badly of asking for time when I've had a long summer holiday if I told a white lie and made something up.


UnicornPee Wed 03-Aug-16 20:24:43

Email the school (usually the school business manager or admin come in during August to do payroll etc) notifying them you have an important hostpital appointment.
I would hope they wouldn't have the cheek to ask what it was.
If they did say you'd rather not talk about it and that will scare them asking further questions x

PenelopePitstops Wed 03-Aug-16 20:24:47

Don't lie. Just ask that he or she is discreet.

Email over the holidays, they will be checking but don't expect to hear back until the first day. The email will cover the weeks notice. If email isn't common then phone but it's not necessary.

0hCrepe Wed 03-Aug-16 20:26:48

I had a scan appointment that clashed with training I couldn't miss so I rang and changed the appt. any chance you could change it to after school or a couple of days earlier if you want to avoid talking about it? One of mine was at 4.30.

cloudlessskies Wed 03-Aug-16 20:33:19

Thank you. I didn't even think to ask if they had a time later in the day that I could have! Oh dear, is it too early to blame baby brain....??!

Yes. I'll call the hospital tomorrow. If there are no other appointments, I think I'll email the office to give notice.

cloudlessskies Fri 05-Aug-16 15:31:40

I have changed the appt to first thing so shouldn't miss much of the day.

I will send an email to the head saying I have a hospital visit and not say what for. But if I am asked then I'll just be honest but say I want it kept quiet for the time being.


SussexNadia Fri 05-Aug-16 20:57:36

I am a teacher and feeling guilty about the timing of mine. I'm only 6+2 but it means I will be leaving in March, just before exam season which is far from ideal.

I will tell my head before term starts as will be nearly 10 weeks. But won't tell my department or colleagues until my scan.

seven201 Sat 06-Aug-16 08:00:51

I'm a teacher. I just submitted a leave of absence request form and stated 'hospital appointment'. There's no need to say anything more than that. If they ask just say you'd rather not say. Some schools want evidence, if so black out the department/appointment type. All perfectly fine to do. I would email the head seeing as it's the holiday. Presumably you'll only miss a couple of hours of the inset anyway.

almostthirty Sat 06-Aug-16 08:04:59

I had my 12 week scan on my first day (inset day ) at a new school. I emailed and text the head when I found out the date to tell her I had a hospital appointment that I couldn't change so wod be late in. When I got in I told her I was pregnant (I was the 3rd that day!) A day I was covering a maternity leave!

PotteringAlong Mon 08-Aug-16 22:30:41

I'm a teacher and currently pregnant with DC 3. My head has been the first person to know I was pregnant each time after DH. I think the latest I ever told them was 8 weeks.

cloudlessskies Thu 25-Aug-16 15:31:58

Thanks for all the responses.
I have sent an email asking permission to attend a hospital appt. If the head calls and asks why then I will be honest.
But if not I will wait to see that the scan goes okay and then make an appt to tell my head.

I have only told parents and inlaws as want to know all is well before saying anything.

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