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Thursday 11th Feb

8:25pmfrustrated on School problem
  • Standard — check with Cheshire East. Read what you have written — where is the word 'investigation'? Well done though for using the wording of the original letter. The word 'matter' has been changed for 'report' on the
    website version — funny that.

8:17pmMr & Mrs on School problem
  • I'm grateful to the parents that complained about the school. We've had concerns but were too scared to create a fuss because of what people would say in the village. But that just meant that nothing changed at the school. We should have been braver so thanks to those parents for standing up to some of the leaders of our community.

7:04pmSad on School problem
  • Do you know 'parent' Old Tom. A bit of a harsh judgement perhaps but plainly some 'pushy' parents do exist, I suspect I tried to be one myself but it a fine line between being encouraging, keeping them under control to some extent and letting them find their feet. Not all of us get it right.

5:38pmOld Tom on School problem
  • Dear 'parent' , I feel sorry for your kids. Obviously you're the pushy type. I bet you were pretty avarage at school so push your own kids to the limit to make up for your own inadequacies. Give 'em a rest and the teachers at Audlem who seem to do a great job despite pushy parents!!

4:52pmstandards on School problem
  • Frustrated; you are wrong;"In addition to the above, Governors also received a related, but separate complaint, concerning the assessment of a child and the communication of the assessment information to the parents concerned. This matter is still being considered by Governors and until this is concluded, Mrs Nolan Burnitt will not be inschool." My point was not to do with what may have happened at the school, more that the website need to be careful printing an allegation as fact (albeit contained in a chatbox post).

    Editor's comment: You are so right that we have to be careful as well as trying to be balanced and unbiassed. We did consider not putting onto the website any chatbox entries about this item, but we decided that such an important issue should be aired however difficult some of the aspects of it are.

4:36pmmaggie on School problem
  • I am astonished at 'Angry's' assertion that teachers are being 'forced to falsify test results'. I can think of nothing more damaging to a childs future education — whether the falsification is up or down, the child has to live with these results for a very long time. No-one can be forced to do something like that if they really don't want to.

4:08pmparent on School problem
  • It is my understanding that this is not all about achievement in SATS etc, but about the fact that the children at the school were not given the opportunity to reach their full potential but the school was happy to accept national average as high as they could go.

    As a helpful parent and being part of an affluent community surely our children should be given the right to achieve their full potential and the encouragement to do so, not settle for second best?

3:33pmBuerton parent on School problem
  • What a surprise Buerton children are blamed for the problems at Audlem School! Ten children moved to Audlem from Buerton, our children were happy where they were but the Council gave us no choice, don't use us as scapegoats.

1:53pmfrustrated on School problem
  • Standards — the investigation had been completed when she was given 'gardening' leave. If you want confirmation then approach Cheshire East.

    Editor's comment: It is our understanding that the governors are still considering the report, and until this is concluded Mrs Nolan-Burnitt will not be in school. For the full statement, see yesterday's news item

1:11pmangry on School problem
  • I think that the closure of Beurton primary, all those extra kids in the classes is too much and the added pressure from over protective parents and the Government.

    I wouldn't do the job for all the tea in China! I feel sorry for any teacher who has to teach today's spoilt kids

12:40pmRicardo on School problem
  • This potential teaching problem is symptomatic of the age we live in. Most parents use School as a dumping ground for their kids. The majority of parents will not accept their kidís achievement levels and will blame anyone except themselves.

    Letís face it, some are bright, some average and others are basically not academically gifted! The pressures on teachers to produce silk purses out of sowsí ears are enormous.

    The criteria for a good school is now purely based on academia NOT a well rounded education with happy stress free kids. I could go on!

12:11pmStandards on School problem
  • I am staggered that the website will not publish vaguely critical comments about pub meals etc but WILL publish an unproven serious allegation of professional misconduct about an individual whilst the investigation is ongoing.

10:56amSad on School problem
  • I too am sorry to hear the news from the school but understand that in such cases the person with overall responsibility stands aside until the situation is clarified. Hopefully things will soon be sorted.

    I say this with no real idea of exactly what is to be sorted and so I would not like to say that results have been falsified. Perhaps Angry has knowledge of this but might have been wiser to not put it in print.

    Alas if it turns out there is a rap to be taken the person in charge is the one who takes it. Let us hope that calm minds reach a sensible conclusion to this sad interlude in the life of a lovely friendly school, one to which my children went with much happiness.

10:40amTony on Audlem Online Offline
  • And there was I just thinking that the wheel had simply just come off!

Wednesday 10th Feb

11:25pmAngry on School problem
  • I'm very dissapointed about the news of Miss Nolan-Burnet the pressure these teachers are under from the Labour Government on the stats and being forced to falsify the assessments of the children's tests.

    I have always found Miss Nolan to be a very enthusiastic teacher full of passion for the school and I feel that she has taken the rap.

1:55pmcatz1x on Blasts In Chapel End Woore Rd
  • Is it a bird scarer used by a farmer?

Tuesday 9th Feb

2:23pmsj on Blasts In Chapel End Woore Rd
  • Shooting or more likely from the sand quarry at the top of Woodhouse Lane — straight on from Kettle Lane.

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