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Dad pulls child out of school over row

Billy Smart has removed his daughter Matilda from Acton Primary School after disagreeing about a school policy to not allow parents inside the school gates.                            FL; Matilda Smart with her mum Ayesha, brother Fraizer and dad Billy. ANL-140715-091201009

Billy Smart has removed his daughter Matilda from Acton Primary School after disagreeing about a school policy to not allow parents inside the school gates. FL; Matilda Smart with her mum Ayesha, brother Fraizer and dad Billy. ANL-140715-091201009

A father has removed his child from a village school after it went ahead with a policy preventing parents from entering the school gates.

Acton Primary School introduced a new drop-off policy, which prevents parents from entering the playground in the morning, in an effort to reduce traffic issues in the area.

Instead, relatives must now drop children at the school gate, before immediately driving off.

Billy Smart, whose daughter Matilda, eight, used to attend the school in Lambert Drive, disagreed with the idea.

“A lot of parents have complained about it,” he said.

The school had claimed overwhelming support for the scheme, but Mr Smart disputed this.

He said he had been refused access to the results of a school feedback survey on the policy.

Instead, he decided to carry out his own study which, he says, produced very different results.

Before being asked to stop by the school, his survey found 27 people against the idea, 20 for it and the rest undecided.

“Clearly, this was not in any way overwhelming,” he said.

Mr Smart has now decided to move his daughter to Woodhall Primary School – a move he claims other parents have also made because of what he sees as the “weak leadership” of headteacher Julie O’Neill.

“She’s the problem,” he said. “She is unwilling to take on board parents’ views.

“I don’t want my child to be educated by someone I don’t trust.”

Mr Smart said that in a meeting with Mrs O’Neill, he was told he was the only person against the scheme, but he claims nine other unhappy parents have been told the same story.

 

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