AN ANGRY mum has hit out at a school after youngsters hoping to get some extra revision done during their Easter break were locked out of their classrooms.
Debbie Gott received a letter from St Aidan’s CE Memorial Primary School, in Hartlepool, before the holidays saying Year 6 pupils would be able to go into class yesterday for the chance to revise for their forthcoming SATs exams.
But when Debbie’s son Josh, 11, and his schoolpals turned up at the Loyalty Road school for class at 8.55am yesterday, they say they were told by a caretaker that the revision days were not due to take place until today and tomorrow.
It turned out that the wrong date had been printed on the letter sent out to parents.
Full-time mum Debbie, 35, said: “We were told about this Easter school before the kids broke up, and I think it is shocking.
“If it was just Josh who had turned up at the gates, then I would have thought it was my fault and that I had mis-read the letter or filled the diary in wrong.
“But there were loads of kids there, all in the same boat. They all had their uniforms on ready for a normal day at school, but there wasn’t a teacher in sight.
“The teachers obviously got the right date on their letters, but not the kids.”
Debbie, who lives with husband Mark, 39, in Haswell Avenue, is also mum to eight-year-old Lewis, who is due to start at St Cuthbert’s school after the holidays.
She added: “Mark took Josh around to school, so he brought him straight back. But some of the kids had just been dropped off at the gates by their parents, so if those parents went off to work or whatever then the children would have been stuck.
“I’m really annoyed about this, and I would imagine the other parents are as well because they will have made arrangements.
“I just think it is ridiculous that firstly the mistake has happened, and secondly the message doesn’t appear to have got out of the school to the parents telling us there had been a mistake.”
A spokesperson for the school said: “Unfortunately a wrong date appeared on a letter which resulted in some Year 6 pupils turning up for a revision session yesterday morning.
“The actual dates for the sessions are April 27 and 28 from 9am-3pm. We apologise for the mistake and any inconvenience caused.”