Teacher called God to report bad behaviour
Sheila Jones, above, head of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary, Devizes, has sparked an investigation into her teaching methods after parents complained that she made pupils lie on the floor while she ‘phoned God’ to report their bad behaviour.
Wiltshire Council, according to the BBC, is carrying out an investigation following complaints from parents to Ofsted and to governors at the academy school.
The Council has confirmed that its safeguarding team is investigating a number of complaints raised by parents.
The parents had claimed their children were quiet and distressed after the punishment in the school’s prayer room which is said to have involved pupils being forced to lie face down on the floor while the head told them she was going to phone God on her mobile phone to say they had been naughty.
Ofsted said in a letter to parents.
The information provided raised concerns about the safety of the children. Ofsted has shared your concerns with the local authority so they can progress these safeguarding concerns as they consider appropriate.”
The school’s website says the school aims to instil:
Timeless values in God’s ever-changing world, where every child will fulfil their potential.
In a welcome message on the website, Jones says she moved to the area 20 years ago, sent her four daughters to the school and was also a teacher and governor there before having “the very great privilege” of being head.
Governors at the academy school, which is outside local authority control, are directing inquiries on the matter to Wiltshire Council.
This report claims that parents are demanding Jones’ resignation.
Tammy Brimble said her son Cyrus, 11, was one of the children punished.
I don’t think what she did was appropriate at all. We are not Roman Catholics, but it was still distressing for my child.
Tammy says she made several attempts to speak to the head and has now written a letter of complaint to the school governors and Ofsted.
In a letter to governors, she said she had proof of:
The harm this has caused.
Another mum, Alexandra Jones, who used to work as a midday supervisor, has also complained to Ofsted.
A telephone call to heaven, according to Freethinker contributor Jack Hastie, would probably sound like this.
Hat tip: Denis Watkins & BarrieJohn