Parents in Worcester are furious with a local primary school after they were charged £1 to watch their children’s nativity play.
Louise Bury, the headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, said that the decision was made after ‘tightening budgets’, and the money made from tickets will go towards new equipment and books for the school.
She also said there had been ‘mixed feelings’ towards the news, and that some teachers have even suffered verbal abuse from parents.
Ms Bury also stated the importance of a partnership between parents and the school, and said she would meet with anyone who wished to discuss the matter.
Key Stage One, reception and nursery parents will be charged for each of the three separate performances.
Ms Bury’s newsletter reads:
‘I know that for some of you, paying to see your child perform doesn’t feel right.
‘We saw this as an opportunity to be able to invest in some valuable reading and learning resources for Key Stage One and Early Years.
‘I have been extremely concerned about the conduct of some parents towards my staff, which, in some cases, I can only describe as verbal abuse.
‘This is unnecessary and leaves open the question: do we need a parent code of conduct to protect the teaching staff who work so passionately for your children?’
Parents have commented on the Facebook post by BBC Hereford & Worcester, both agreeing and disagreeing with the charge.
‘It’s a pound? Our school also charge for any tickets brought for shows the children put on, but throughout the year we do sometimes have trips that require no payment due to the school raising the money through these channels? I see no issue with it at all?’ wrote one person.
‘I’m parent of two boys that go to St. Josephs school. And I see nothing wrong with paying for a ticket to see the play. And I’ve got 3 ticket. I’m happy to support the school,’ added another.
Others, however, felt the payment should have been on a donation-basis: ‘I think a set price is probably not the way forward- I’d pass the bucket round for donations , having forewarned everyone so they can bring a donation if they wish.’
Another added: ‘I think it’s wrong on principle. Make money from voluntary collection or tea and cakes at end of performance. Then win-win!!’
What do you think – is the school wrong to charge parents, or do you agree with the fundraising idea? Let us know in the comments below!