HEBBURN PARENTS GET WARNING NOTICES:
So low have attendances dropped at Clegwell Senior School, Hebburn – Tyneside’s most modern school of its kind, built at a cost of more than £60,000 – that warning notices to parents have been issued today by the Hebburn Education Committee.
The committee has instructed the school attendance officer to pay more frequent visits to the homes of absentees.
The headmaster, Mr. G. Kellett, reports that attendances for week-ended January 19 reached only 65 to 75 per cent.
The notices state “The attention of parents is called to the fact that the Clegwell Senior School is in the non-evacuable area of the town and that attendances of children whose names are on the register is compulsory and can be enforced by law. Ample air raid shelter has been provided for the safety of the children and the Education Committee request that parents whose children belong to the senior school will see that they attend regularly in future.”
This school officially opened after the outbreak of war, has shelter accommodation for 800 children, each shelter being complete with electric light, seats, duckboards and an electric pump that automatically operates when the draining well needs emptying.
Councillor W. Craig, chairman of the Hebburn U.D.C. today commented: We have provided our children with one of the most up-to-date schools on Tyneside and there is no excuse for poor attendances.
“It is disgraceful and parents are to blame for such a high percentage of absentees.
“It is in their own interests to see that their children are educated.”
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