Dad threatens to pull son out of school in row over ‘barmy’ detentions


A parent is threatening to pull his 12-year-old son out of a high school – after accusing staff of treating children like ‘little soldiers’.

Painter and decorator Nathan Taylor is furious with the new rules introduced at St Peter’s Academy, in Fenton, this term.

It sees pupils accrue a 30-minute detention every time they break one of the six golden rules. Four misdemeanours in the same day add up to the maximum two-hour after-school detention that night.

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But Nathan has hit out at the new ‘correction’ system.

Parents can be notified as late as 2pm of their child’s detention that afternoon.

Nathan, aged 34, from Fenton, said: “If my child is naughty, I accept that he’s got to have a punishment, he’s got to do a detention.

“But he is not doing a two-hour detention a day – and I want to be warned at least 24 hours beforehand.

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“If he comes in at 6.15pm at night and he should have been home three hours ago, and no-one’s made any effort to make me aware off it, I think it’s disgusting.

“At the moment they’re treating them like little soldiers, not children.”



A ‘correction form’ that Caitlin filled out during the detention

Each 30-minute ‘correction’ is handed to any pupil every time they break one of six rules. These relate to behaviour, punctuality, correct uniform, inappropriate language, answering back, and making sure they have their student organiser.

Nathan added: “What the school is doing is wrong in my eyes. It’s hard enough getting your children into school, without knowing that your kid could be at the high school for an extra two hours.

“There are plenty of kids around the area who have to get a bus home. If you keep that child there for an extra two hours and then they go to the bus stop at 5.30pm, you’re talking about them getting in at 7pm at night. It’s a barmy thing they’ve implemented.”

St Peter’s Academy has declined to comment on its new school rules.

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