Parental Right to Information?
01/25/2012 at 01:28 AM

Can someone please advise me on an issue at my child's school.

The headmaster was suspended pending a tribunal. He has been absent for about six weeks so far and the parents have been told that he is off due to 'Personal Circumstances'.

The school have not divulged his reason for absence, but I happen to know that he has been suspended.

As a parent of a child in his care, do I not have the right/expectation to be advised of the true reason for his absence? I accept that I don't need to know all the details of the case (it is not anything to do with child protection but an employment issue/grievance, I understand), but the fact that he has been suspended, in my mind, is serious.

Surely, parents are all stakeholders in the school and deserve to be informed. We have been given no indication of how long he is likely to be absent, or when/if he is due to return.

I have been left feel quite angry over this, but before I raise the issue formally, I thought I'd try to get some sound advice first.

I'd be grateful for your thoughts.


I'm not good at decorating. I wonder if you could work on teaching them to be polite to each other. Moderate voices, respectful words. When you teach behavior, you have to have a very specific idea of what the correct behavior looks (and sounds) like, and then you have to communicate it very clearly, check their understanding of the details, and do the whole thing with patience and good humor.