Stalham Academy has been criticised for displaying an Orwellian ‘1984’ attitude towards accountability and teaching.
The school was in the news before Christmas when a clergywoman told pupils at a church carol concert that Father Christmas was not real.
Now it has been criticised in the local press by parents who reported teachers pulled down the blinds to stop children looking at the recent snowfall. Parents also report the children were “marshalled” to avoid them touching snow on their way to school, andfrom stopping them play outside after it had snowed.
Sheila Cullingham, Labour’s spokesperson for Stalham, has been campaigning for more transparency at the school which became an academy last year. She said: “Snow is a subject in itself, a learning opportunity. What is science and art without the natural environment? Common sense is called for here. The RightForSuccess Academy Trust seems to be entrenched in the world of George Orwell’s “1984”.”
“To only have answered parents’ complaints via Facebook, and having reportedly refused to respond to newspapers seems to say it all. So far they have refused an invitation to speak at Stalham Town Council, and failed to reply to written questions from councillors.”
“I myself have taken up the cause of their lack of accountability with Dr Tim Coulson, the North East London and East of England Regional Schools Commissioner. I hope the long awaited new headteacher will have a different approach to public relations.”
She is propoposing that a “parent governor elected by the parents” to make the school more school accountable and democratic.
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