Just two more days until the kids go back to school…… thank God!!!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, unlike 30 years ago when we could dissappear at 7 in the morning and not come home till the lights came on, kids just cannot have that kind of freedom any more and as a consequence, 6 weeks holiday is just too much! After just three weeks they are climbing the walls and want to get back to school to see all their friends again.
Anyway, it’s all change for my three this year.
I know I posted this on my old Blog site so let me explain it here.
Bedford currently runs a three tier school system. It has for as long as I can remember. I went through it myself.
Lower School, Middle School and Upper School.
At the beginning of the year it was decided that Bedford would be going 2 tier. ‘Miraculously’ (and I say that very sarcastically) just after this decision, the middle school that my 2 eldest children go to (Woodside) got a bad Ofsted report (absolutely proposterous, the school is fabulous and my kids grades have gone through the roof!!)
Anyway, they finally made the decision to close Woodside Middle which is something they’ve been looking for an excuse for for the last ten years!
Children moving up to years 7 and 8 (Murron) are now located on the Rutherford Upper school site. Facilities are being put in place for them over the summer holidays.
Children moving up to years 5 and 6 (Marjorie) are staying on the Woodside campus but under the umbrella of Putnoe Lower school.
In Sept 2011 Putnoe lower School would then move completely onto the Woodside campus, housing years 1 through 6 and be known as Putnoe Primary.
Unfotunately, just to put a spanner in the works, when the new government took over and the schools funding was slashed the two tier system was put on hold!
However the plans for Putnoe Lower, Woodside Middle and Rutherford Upper are still going ahead.
Here’s the kicker…..
Dharma has one more year at the Hills lower school and we wanted to move her to year 5 at Putnoe. Unfortunately when it comes to make the choice of what school we want her to go to, we will now NOT be given Putnoe as an option.
We can move her to another middle school and then apply to get her moved but we won’t be guaranteed a place.
If we want to ‘guarantee’ a place at Putnoe then our only option is to move Dharma from ‘The Hills’ to ‘Putnoe Lower’ for her final year 4 at lower school in September and then she would just naturally follow into years 5 and 6 at Putnoe and then on into years 7 and 8 at Rutherford Upper.
We didn’t discover this little nugget of info until the last week of the school term!
So! In the last week of the school term we had a visit to Putnoe Lower with Dharma which brought a load of memories back for me as it was my first school.
The decision was made, the paperwork was filled in and The Hills Lower was informed.
So on Thursday (because the teachers are having a teacher training day on Wednesday…. is 6 weeks not enough time for a teacher trainingg day?!!) my three kids are going back to three different schools even though Marjorie is still technically on the Woodside campus.
Poor Dharma is the one with the biggest change. New school and all new friends.
Anyway, getting back to these teacher training days. What a pain in the arse they are.
If you count it up, teachers get 13 weeks holiday a year… now before anyone bites my head off, I’m not naive enough to think they actually get 13 weeks off. I know they have lesson plans to work out…. etc, but even so, you’d think that they would find time to do a teacher training day when the kids aren’t actually in school.
We as parents are told catagorically that we are not allowed to take our children out of school during term time for holidays. We have to get written permission or we could be fined!!
Yet if you add up all of these teacher training days across the year that’s a whole week that they are happy to take away from our children’s education but we don’t get a say in it.
We don’t even get asked if it’s alright if they have a teacher training day, we just get told it’s happening and to make other arrangements for our kids. The schools don’t even have them on the same days!
It makes me so angry sometimes especially when they decide to have one on the day the kids are supposed to go back to school after 6 weeks off!!
Anyway, we’re all set. Kids have everything they need. I’m going to enjoy my day off as the sun seems to have reared it’s head.