All Saints and a few scholars…..ex-student speaks out.

The following is a comment from an ex student of All Saints, giving us a brief insight into the integrity of the school in days gone by.

I remember the same scenario myself a few years back. At my grammar school, we had to raise our hands and ask permission to remove our blazers in class……. the headmaster wore a long black gown and instilled terror in all. Then he retired and the school seemed a less formidable place. However, with that  new earned sense of freedom, standards lapsed too and the place never quite seemed the same again. Was there a recent change of management at All Saints?

Anyway, here is that ex student perspective:

” am truly shocked, after hearing about Peter Harvey from All Saints R.C. I attented All Saints in the 80’s and remember a very strict and fair school. I remember taking home a letter from the form teacher for wearing the wrong socks!
The teachers were very concious of social values and I certainly remember the teachers being very authoritive figures. There was always one or two that didn’t have the weight they needed, but the head of year certainly balanced the scale.

I no longer live in England and after hearing all about England’s ” modern pupils,” I don’t think I ever will again.

What is happening to a country I used to adore. The social values have slid to an all time low! What are the parents doing or not doing? Does
no one care anymore? Mr Harvey was in a highly stressfull situation, where he saw red! Why was he in this situation to start with? After such a traumatic illness, why wasn’t he in rehabilitation? Why did he have to be back so soon? After a stroke, stress levels are no longer the same. You don’t have the patience of a saint anymore, which is what you need nowadays! Poor Mr Harvey!! He should have never been there.

My heart really goes out to the parents of Jack. I hope he recovers from the ordeal, and perhaps it is an eyeopener to all, that there are some social problems in a not so long ago wonderfull country, called England.”

H Heinrich

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2 Responses to “All Saints and a few scholars…..ex-student speaks out.”

  1. tomsharpling Says:

    How sad I was to hear the story so far about this terrible tragedy.

    Who is to blame fot it ??

    The teacher, the pupil, or , perhaps more likely the school management.

    Why was the teacher allowed back in the classroom so soon after suffering a serious stroke.

    In my experience, school heads are much more concerned with promoting the apparent success and good name of the school, and much less concerned with the welfare of the staff.

    I know this from personal experience of stories I have been told by a relative and colleagues who have worked in secondary schools.

    That, i think is the lesson to be learned. When management takes a hands-on approach , schools are successful, when heads retreat into their offices and process paperwork, schools fail

    • CurlySue Says:

      ”In my experience, school heads are much more concerned with promoting the apparent success and good name of the school, and much less concerned with the welfare of the staff.”
      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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