Overchurch Junior School continues to offer a wide range of extra curricular activities, many of which provide pupils with additional opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. This complements the school’s ongoing commitment to the School Games Gold accreditation. In addition, the school continues to enjoy success at sporting competitions in a number of sports and this is celebrated by staff and pupils at every opportunity.
The school has been contacted on numerous occasions this week by parents complaining, some of which in an inappropriate manner, about the selection process for pupils representing the school in sporting fixtures. Pupils are selected to represent the school based on a number of criteria, including for example, ability, behaviour and attitude. With approximately 90 pupils in every year group, selecting a team to fulfil a fixture/tournament or friendly will always result in a significant number of pupils not selected. Nevertheless, the school continues to rotate selection where possible to ensure as many pupils are given the opportunity to represent the school, whether in a competitive fixture/tournament or friendly.
I would like to remind parents that in order to offer extra curricular activities, I rely heavily upon the goodwill of a number of staff who voluntarily give up their own time to supervise pupils, provide first aid as and when required, as well as ensuring activities adhere to school policies such as health and safety and safeguarding. To be clear, staff are not contractually obliged to provide extra curricular activities and without the commitment of such staff, extra curricular activities would simply not be able to continue.
It is extremely disappointing, therefore, that the behaviour of some parents has fallen below what is expected at Overchurch Junior School. Whilst I continue to welcome interaction between parents and staff, I, along with the Senior Leadership Team, will not tolerate staff being criticised or challenged in the manner that has occurred this week. Should such behaviour continue, I will have no option other than to suspend extra curricular activities indefinitely and, as a result, have the unfortunate task of explaining this decision to a large number of unhappy pupils.
Mr G Lahive