Questions & Answers
Why is the school used as a polling station and could this not be changed?
The school contacted the Electoral Services Officer, regarding this issue. He explained that under Schedule 1, para 22 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, the returning officer does have the legal right to commandeer the use of the school for the purpose of running elections. In the case of Telford Junior School, there is nowhere else suitable for use as a Polling Station in the electoral ward.
It should be noted that the school uses election days that are planned (e.g. for Local Elections or Police Commissioner Elections) as one of its statutory teacher training days, so this does not affect the statutory 195 school days provision. Unplanned election days are different (e.g. the calling of a General Election or referendum). It is unlikely that the latter will be required in the immediate future.
Telford Junior School and Telford Infant School look to coincide training days wherever possible, to reduce the impact on families who have children in both schools.
Would it be possible for the school uniform track-suit trousers to have reinforced knees, since the children can wear a hole in them over time, through play?
It would be possible to source uniform trousers with reinforced knees, but this is likely to result in a significant cost increase for the item. Our feeling is that this would not be welcomed by most parents. Unfortunately, wear and tear to trouser knees is quite typical for children of primary school age.
Is my child's reading book too 'easy' for him/her?
When making a judgement about the level of difficulty of a reading book and its suitability for a particular reader, teachers take account not only how easily they read the text (the fluency with which the child is able to read the text), but also the child's level of comprehension, taking into account their skills of deduction and inference. Sometimes a book which a child can read with reasonable fluency, is still challenging these other skills.
Why is there only one uniform supplier?
The overwhelming parent view would seem to be that there is a definite school uniform. When the school commissioned the current active uniform this was taken into account. Nearly all the children now wear the new uniform. The school is not that large a market and so to make it viable for a supplier to order in the volume of items that need to be kept in stock, it is not realistic to engage multiple suppliers. The economies of scale help the supplier to keep costs down. Our current supplier is local and has developed a good working relationship with the school. The supplier provides a good online delivery service, which seems to be appreciated by most parents.