Mr Malley added: "At the time of the Ofsted inspection in July, behaviour at the school was rated inadequate. It is my pledge to improve behaviour at Addington so learning can flourish."And so a strict uniform policy came in. A very strict uniform policy:
One student branded some of the rules "stupid" – but said they seemed to be having the desired effect.
The 15-year-old, who is in Year 10, said: "Taking the coats off, I find it stupid especially when it is snowing and they are still telling you to do it.
"The fizzy drinks, they said they have done it because it makes people hyper: there is a canteen with orange juice and water at break and lunch time.
"We have to walk to the left hand side of the corridor and stand up when the teacher comes in. If you don't the teacher stops you and makes you go back and do it again.
Everyone was really moaning about it at first, but there has been an improvement in the school and people are actually learning as well."Gosh! No parents ready to claim ‘human rights’ on behalf of their offspring?
Mother Simone Johnston, meanwhile, said the measures were overdue. She said: "I have no issue with the new rules at all; they have been a long time coming and should have been implemented years ago. Maybe then the school wouldn't have the reputation it does.
"In fact, I can honestly say I support the school's new rules."It’s just amazing, isn't it? I wonder how long it’ll be before someone upsets this particular applecart…?