A flabbergasted parent has blasted his daughter’s school over its ‘excessive’ rule if they forget to bring a pen or a ruler.
Millfield High School, located in Lancashire, has been slammed after it told parents it was implementing a ‘three-strike’ rule on basic stationery including two pens, a pencil and a ruler.
If students fail to oblige they risk receiving detention and a ‘fixed-term exclusion’ which would see them temporarily booted out of class.
Dad Darren Worthington took to social media after his daughter earned her first ‘strike’ for having a broken ruler that her teacher allegedly refused to replace.
Worthington shared the school’s text message reinforcing the ‘joke’ of a policy online – and garnered more than 1,000 likes, comments and shares.
“Surely this has to be some form of joke,” the dad fumed. “How is this helping the children to learn? Unbelievable.
“My daughter’s ruler had broken, there was a box of spares on the table, which she was not allowed to use. The school is full of stationery, everyone brings their stationery in themselves.
“I’m sure it’s not got to the point where all of the children forget their pencil cases every morning. I just think the punishment of twice or three times in a week is excessive for what it is”.
Worthington added that while he understands the school is trying to teach children to be responsible, the punishment “seems excessive”.
He said: “I can’t see how that would benefit the children. I’d even say the 90-minute detention is too long.
“There are stories on the post where the child has been punished by having personal items confiscated as punishment from (FOR) bringing the correct equipment, but in their bag rather than the case”.
A slew of parents agreed with Worthington and some branded the school’s policy “completely absurd”.
One user wrote: “My daughter starts here in September. I better make sure she keeps spare pens on her socks.”
However, many backed the school’s strict rule, arguing it teaches “responsibility and self-reliance”.
“Nowt wrong with a bit of discipline,” someone else wrote. “It’s what today’s kids are missing in this namby-pamby world.”
Another said: “Surely it’s not that hard to remember to bring in a pen pencil and a ruler! They are giving you a warning, not exclusion straight away!”
Headteacher Nicola Regan defended the school’s stance on stationery, despite the backlash.
She said: “It’s important that students arrive at school with the basic equipment they need for a day of learning.
“This also helps to prepare them for the responsibilities of life after school and ensures that lessons are not disrupted as staff spend time providing equipment for a small number of students who have forgotten theirs.
“When students join our school, their parents or carers sign a home-school agreement in which they agree to always send their child to school with the equipment they need.”
Regan added that Millfield High School offered to buy equipment for any families that are struggling financially and that it is in the process of opening a stationery shop at break times so students can buy spare pens if they need them.