Dorcas Hayes, 33, was shocked when she discovered her son had spent the afternoon at Countess Wear Community School washing cars and cleaning driveways.
Kai, 7, was among a group of Year 2 to Year 6 pupils, all aged between six and 11, who were taken out of class to raise just under £200 for the school in the 'bob a job' day exercise.
However Dorcas branded it 'hypocritical' of the school, after claiming she was told she would be fined £60 if she took her son out of lessons for a holiday.Hmmm, what does the school have to say for itself?
Headteacher Catherine Rees defended the decision.*settles in with popcorn*
She told MailOnline: "Families at Countess Wear Community School receive a newsletter from the school every week, keeping them informed of all aspects of school life. The newsletter is emailed to all parents, posted on the school website and a paper copy is available from the school office.
"Developing positive links with our local community is a central part of our school's aims and we have incredibly supportive and involved families and members of our community. We actively encourage involvement from our community and at our recent Farmers' Market and Ground Force Day, we had a super turnout from local residents.
"We want all our children to grow up as caring, active and responsible members of their community. During our recent week of volunteering, we have received many positive messages thanking our staff and children for their hard work in the local community."Funny. I thought 'educating children to read, write and add up' would be a central part of a school's aims. How terribly old-fashioned of me...
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