School ‘forced two children to eat Christmas dinner on a corridor FLOOR in isolation then permanently REMOVED them from classes in row with their family over whether they returned one day too soon after Covid’, mother claims
A Berkshire school forced two children to eat their Christmas lunch on a corridor floor after a row with their parents over when to return to school, a mother has claimed.
Andrea Roberson from Newbury has accused John Rankin Junior School of failing to safeguard her children aged eight and 10 who returned to school after catching Covid.
The mother-of-two is now threatening legal action after the two pupils were taken off the school register two days before the end of term amid the dispute, having to watch their friends in party hats celebrate nearby.
Andrea Roberson (pictured) from Newbury has accused John Rankin Junior School of failing to safeguard her children
Ms Roberson claims they had been off for 10 days, but after dropping them off upon their return, she was told to come back and collect them.
The school said they should have been off for an extra day, and headmaster Felix Rayner informed her the children had been removed from the register, she said.
‘This is a disgusting way to treat children,’ said Ms Roberson. ‘They were left in a corridor, and had to eat their Christmas dinner on the floor. They even had to watch other children walk past in their party hats.’
Ms Roberson said she fired off an email in frustration saying the children would not be coming back to the school.
‘I never meant forever,’ she said. ‘I just meant until the following term as there were only two days to go of that term.
The school said they should have been off for an extra day, and headmaster Felix Rayner informed her the children had been removed from the register, she said
‘I wrote several other emails, but they were all ignored, and all I got was an email from the headteacher, who I have never spoken to at all, saying they had been removed from the roll.
‘This is not right. How can they decide that so quickly without even checking first?’
In a statement the senior leadership at John Rankin said: ‘Regarding taking children off roll. We only do this when told by parents that their children will not be returning to the school.
‘We take safeguarding very seriously; our most recent Ofsted report highlights a strong culture in this area.
‘We would not comment on individual families or cases, but like all schools at this current time we are working hard to keep John Rankin open and safe to all our families.
The mother-of-two is now threatening legal action after the two pupils were taken off the school register two days before the end of term. School pictured
‘With such high levels of Covid this is increasingly difficult. In situations regarding isolation periods we have followed government guidelines. When there is a query, we take advice from our colleagues at West Berkshire Council.’
Ms Roberson said she found the lack of communication with her ‘disgraceful’, and said, tearfully: ‘I am just trying to make a new life here. Instead, we have been put through such terrible stress.
‘The children have been worried all over Christmas that they have no school to go to.’
In a statement, West Berkshire Council said: ‘We aren’t able to discuss or comment on individual cases which should be resolved via the school’s formal complaints procedure.
‘School places are available in Newbury in the relevant age groups and our admissions team is always willing to assist parents in finding a place for their children, where appropriate at the same school. We take any safeguarding concerns seriously and will always investigate to establish the facts.’
The children have since been offered a place at another Newbury school.