FURIOUS parents have slammed a school’s “exclusive tea party” for pupils with 100 per cent attendance as sick kids are left snubbed.
Dozens of children at Packmoor Ormiston Academy in Stoke-on-Trent enjoyed a lavish afternoon tea complete with a chocolate fountain at the end of the Easter term.
Pupils at Packmoor Ormiston Academy in Stoke-on-Trent with 100 per cent attendance enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea spread as their peers were ‘singled out’
The lucky children were pictured enjoying the tea in the sunshine
Facebook Parents were left livid by the ‘unfair’ policy
On its Facebook page the school described the treat as an “incentive” – and promised a further reward for 100% attendance at the end of the summer term.
But dozens of parents were left fuming at the policy they said “singled out” those with less than perfect health.
Janxce Lexis wrote: “Primary age school children can not, and do not, decide to have time off school.
“If they are ill they cannot come to school! It’s not their fault, therefore they shouldn’t be punished.”
She added that parents were being “shamed” for a situation “completely out of their control”.
While Samantha Leese said there was “nothing wrong with giving rewards”, but questioned the logic of the treatment: “Why should children be singled out like this?”
If they are ill they cannot come to school! It’s not their fault, therefore they shouldn’t be punishedParent Janxe Lewis
Emma Louise Taylor suggested children be rewarded for “excellent” rather than perfect attendance.
“That would still give them an incentive,” she said, adding: “Did feel kinda sad for my son who was shut inside with excellent attendance of 98.02% through no fault of his own”.
And another quoted in Stoke Sentinel said she is thinking of starting a petition opposing the “disgusting practice”.
“No thought has gone into this whatsoever,” she said.
“I would get a petition to stop this and send it to the governors and headteacher.
“This is very serious and discriminatory practice.
“If children have been taken out of school for holidays, then the children should not suffer, it should be the parents.”
While some parents backed the incentive, writing on the Facebook page: “Thank-you, my son really enjoyed his treat. What a shame a kind gesture can upset people, it’s quite sad because if we’re not careful the treats will stop for all children, for fear of offending.”
The school also defended its stance, saying it had “a number of merit schemes in place which reward pupils for their achievements on a daily, weekly, monthly, termly and yearly basis”.
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“The afternoon tea party is just one of the many reward opportunities given to pupils throughout the year and in this instance, it focuses on attendance,” the spokesman said.
“Since launching in September, we are pleased that the initiative has been positively received by almost all parents, as well as it leading to a marked improvement in overall attendance at the school.
“As a school, we are committed to raising educational standards and ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We believe that good attendance is essential in order to facilitate teaching and learning, and it is important that pupils who achieve this are recognised.”
Facebook Pupils with perfect attendance were rewarded with a chocolate fountain
Google Maps The school said the policy had improved attendance rates markedly since its launch in September
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