Parnents' views on school text alerts

THE Mail was at the school yesterday morning to find out what parents think about the scheme.

Emma Buttriss, 29, whose nine-year-old daughter Storm Ross attends the school, said: "There are that many absences and that many kids off school, I think it's a good thing."

Emma, who has two other children and lives in Furness Street, added: "The school is trying to do its best for the kids. Mine are never late.

"It's important for kids to get to school on time."

Pauline Dundavan, 47, who lives in Joicey Court and has an 11-year-old daughter called Abigail Gunner at the school, said: "We get text updates, such as saying the school is open tomorrow, but not the alarm.

"We are never late anyway.

"It's the parents' fault, not the kids' fault they are late.

"They should put their alarms on.

"The headteacher just wants to get everybody into school on time."

Mum Anna Lyons, 29, from Raby Gardens, said: "I think it's a good idea.

"I see a lot of children going in the late door.

"If it's a constant thing, there's no real reason why you can't get your children to school by 9am."

Donna Ellis, 27, a mother-of-four who has two children at the school and lives in the Murray Street area, arrived at the school just after the 9am bell.

But she said: "Everything went wrong this morning.

"The kids just started at this school on Monday.

"My son, who's eight, wouldn't get dressed and my daughter had two odd shoes on.

"There are people with lots of children and you can't expect everybody to be running on time.

"We always leave for school at 8.30am, but this morning was one of those days."

Syeda Khatun, 29, who lives in Grosvenor Street and has two children, Siam, eight, and five-year-old Sakib at the school, was a couple of minutes late to school.

But she said: "I support the scheme.

"We were late today but I've got a younger child and if she wakes up, it can be hard.

"We are more often than not on time.

"I don't get the texts, but I would take the offer up."