Dear Parents and Carers,
It is with huge regret that I feel compelled to write this letter. It transpires that during today’s Celebration Assembly a parent (or guest) was clearly heard using foul and abusive language. I have received some conflicting reports as to who was actually responsible for this outburst so I am unable to tackle the individual with complete certainty.
This disgraceful incident was heard by a number of parents, some of our staff who were sitting near the back of the hall and, most unfortunately, a significant number of older children.
I am sure that I do not have to explain why I am so appalled by this incident, but for the benefit of the individual who cannot express themselves without using such disgusting language, I would like to elaborate:
- At Holy Trinity we have always operated an ‘Open Door’ policy where we welcome family and friends into our school with open arms. I feel that we make a huge effort to be welcoming and incidents such as this jeopardise this approach.
- If we cannot trust the parents, friends and family of our children to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, how on earth can we even begin to expect our children to grow up to conduct themselves appropriately?
- This incident has set an appalling example for our children. A whole host of children heard the disgraceful outburst. We simply do not tolerate foul language from our children, so why should we tolerate such language from an adult?
Should there be a repeat of this incident, and I can identify the individual responsible, I will have absolutely no hesitation in banning the guilty party from the school site (using Section 547 of the 1996 Education Act).
I have been at Holy Trinity for nearly seven years. In my view this is one of our darkest moments. Whoever was responsible for this appalling incident should feel ashamed of themselves.
To those who were forced to witness this appalling incident, I would like to offer my sincere apologies. I will do everything I can to ensure that it never happens again.