Parents still angry over cancellation

FURIOUS parents say they are still not satisfied with a school's reasons for cancelling their children's end-of year trip.Some mums and dads are calling for teachers and governors to have a rethink - and to allow well-behaved pupils to go.

FURIOUS parents say they are still not satisfied with a school's reasons for cancelling their children's end-of year trip.

Some mums and dads are calling for teachers and governors to have a rethink - and to allow well-behaved pupils to go.

Kingsfleet Primary in Felixstowe has axed the week-long final year visit to north Wales for youngsters because of the ten and 11-year-olds' behaviour.

Headteacher Kyrsty Beattie said the class was too “unpredictable”, and said it was more than just one or two pupils.


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Parents who have spoken to the Evening Star though do not believe it is all the children in the year six class and are upset some will suffer because of others' behaviour.

One mum, who asked not to be named, said: “We have had a letter from the school and I can understand there are concerns about some unruly and badly-behaved children, but it is not all the children.

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“The pupils feel very disappointed.

“My child is quite upset and has been looking forward to this trip - it's the end of their time at Kingsfleet before going on to Deben and would have been quite special with a lot of memories to look back on in years to come.

“They ought to find a way round this.”

Another parent said: “The school obviously knows which children are the trouble-makers and should be able to say to their parents, 'I am sorry - your child behaves badly and will miss out'.”

“Why should all the other children suffer? Schools need to take a firm line on this.”

Mrs Beattie said: “After reviewing the situation, we feel that the behaviour of this particular group of children would be unpredictable outside the normal daily routine of school and home. I can confirm it is not the behaviour of just two pupils that resulted in the cancellation of the trip.”

All money paid for the trip in advance would be refunded in full. An activities week including visits to attractions in Suffolk, sporting events and school-based activities would be held instead.

Has your child missed out as a result of the trip cancellation? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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