A Stoke-on-Trent school at the centre of a row over new rules has been praised for taking action on unruly students.
St Peter’s Academy, in Fenton, has brought in a new ‘correction’ system in a bid to improve behaviour.
It sees children accrue a 30-minute detention every time they break one of the six golden rules relating to behaviour, punctuality, correct uniform, inappropriate language, answering back, and making sure they have their student organiser.
Four misdemeanours in the same day add up to the maximum two-hour after-school detention that night.
Parents can be notified as late as 2pm of their child’s detention that afternoon.
Now StokeonTrentLive readers have backed the school’s new tough stance despite some mums and dads being left furious.
Carol Lomas said: “Rules are rules and I think it’s great, all schools should have them, especially the senior schools.
“I’ve seen and heard some of these children on their way home, the language is shocking.
“It’s great this school has put these rules in place.”
Solaya Rowley has a daughter at St Peter’s.
She said: “We make sure every morning she’s on time and in the correct uniform. It’s not hard.
“These rules are in place to set them up for adulthood. They know the consequences so why test them.”
Andy Potts believes it’s about time schools crackdown on discipline.
He said: “A few detentions and word gets out. Sounds like schools are finally taking back control which should have happened years ago.
“All went soft under Labour and blame culture.
“Children have a responsibility to learn and organise themselves. Forget your PE kit, then tough. Late, leave earlier, can’t blame traffic and mummy’s 4×4. Haven’t completed your homework on time, well that’s no-one else’s concern only the child.”
Rose Read compared today’s punishments with those in the 1970s when canings were a regular occurrence.
She said: “Be grateful you just got a detention. Back in the day if you broke the rules you got a whack over the hands.
“In fact, if they were to bring that back it would solve a lot of the problems in schools now.
“Rules are rules. You sign up to abiding by them when you send your child. If you don’t like it, then pick one where they’re allowed to run riot and they’re not that bothered.”
Julie Broad added: “Good on the school for imposing these rules.”
And Sally Shwartz said: “I don’t have any issues with schools handing out detention or punishments for bad behaviour and I’d be happy to support the school.”
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