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‘Dear parents, please behave in our school’

MP Mark Simmonds with Callum McMillan, 10, Freya Harrison, nine, Abi Dowding, 10, and Karen Taylor, Year Five class teacher, at Swineshead St Mary's CofE Primary School. EMN-141007-153607001

MP Mark Simmonds with Callum McMillan, 10, Freya Harrison, nine, Abi Dowding, 10, and Karen Taylor, Year Five class teacher, at Swineshead St Mary's CofE Primary School. EMN-141007-153607001

Parents may from time to time receive a letter about their child’s behaviour at school, but at one school the tables have turned.

And in an unusual twist the letter they receive will be penned by a pupil, rather than a teacher.

This spin on the traditional ‘letter home from school’ is an idea dreamt up by Swineshead St Mary’s Primary School.

The Abbey Road school has been having a problem with noise from some parents, carers and family members during its open Star of the Week assemblies.

There had also been issues with toddlers running around the hall and poking and prodding some of the pupils.

The school launched a competition for year five pupils to write a letter to parents in a bid to improve behaviour among visitors during these assemblies (and also encourage them to join in with their singing).

Boston MP Mark Simmonds judged the competition and visited the school to reveal the winner.

Year five Oliver-Richard Bateman, 10, said: “The letters we sent to Mark Simmonds were about the school expectations in assembly, as we realised that children knew all about these but our adult visitors on Fridays had never been told.

“We wanted them to help us show the younger children how to sit and listen quietly.”

The winning letter, from Abi Dowding, 10, politely asks visitors to be ‘silent and pay attention’ to the headteacher, but also offers suggestions on how to improve toddlers’ behaviour, including bringing a toy or book with them.

 

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