After reading your article about left handers, I felt compelled to write, as a current parent at the school and also as a “leftie” myself.
My youngest child is currently at the school and we chose this school (like many of the parents/pupils, we live out of the catchment area) because of its excellent Ofsted report and the atmosphere, teaching and general standard of education within the school.
You only need to look at the children and how they all interact with their peers and teachers and how happy they are when they leave the school each day.
I also feel that if children are asked to use cutlery when eating, that this therefore is only basic manners and I have no problem with them teaching my child (should it be necessary) to do so, after all, restaurants do not put cutlery in the middle of the table and let you help yourself, they lay the table in a “conventional” manner and, as yet, I have never heard anyone complain.
I understand that complaints need to be investigated and reported on, but I find it very surprising that a newspaper, such as yourselves, can put such a damaging angle on a claim that has been independently investigated.
With the current reputation of Suffolk schools being so bad, I feel that when a school is regarded as outstanding, such as Kersey, it should be celebrated, not slated, especially as it has been deemed that the school did nothing wrong.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you for your comments, Sarah. I do, however, have to take issue with your suggestion that we, as a newspaper, put a “damaging spin” on the article. This is certainly not the case.
As with any story, our job is to report both sides and let you, the reader, form your own opinion.
In this case, the school spokesman, with the headteacher having declined the opportunity to speak to us directly, confirmed that left-handed pupils were being “encouraged to use cutlery in a conventional manner”.
This statement at least suggested that the school had a case to answer, even if the independent inquiry cleared it of any wrongdoing.
Once we were satisfied that the complainent’s view had substance – however minimal – all we could do was present both sides of the argument – and we did this.
Of course, we will always strive to adhere to responsible reporting and, with the story in question, I believe we achieved this.