Local News & Archive — March 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm — Updated: March 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

Parents warned over staff abuse at St Brigid’s

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Governors at a Denbigh school have warned action could be taken against parents who use threatening behaviour towards teachers.

In an online newsletter, the chairman of St Brigid’s governors, Anthony Hannigan, claimed there had been a rise in intimdiation and abuse towards staff and the headteacher.

Mr Hannigan said ‘unpleasant communications’ on social media between pupils outside school was the root cause of most incidents and something the school itself could not control.

He added: ”Demands are being made that are simply outside the control of the school and there appears to be a growing expectation that St Brigid’s staff can solve problems which originate outside of school…our teaching, learning and support staff are hardworking professionals who have chosen to help to educate children and young people, and deserve to be treated with professional respect.”

”It is regretful that at a school such as St Brigid’s, which prides itself on its Christian ethos and very much strives to educate children to become respectful citizens, that we feel compelled to have to highlight this issue. However, not one but several recent events have left us with no choice but to put into writing our clear and rigid stance on this matter.”

The newsletter warned that there was a zero tolerance policy from the governors about abusive behaviour – and anyone caught behaving in such a way will be told to leave the school or have their phone call terminated.

Around 500 children, between the ages of 3 and 19, are pupils at St Brigid’s, a former convent school located on the outskirts of Denbigh. It was a given a ‘yellow’ annual rating by the Welsh Government in the school category system in January.

 

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