I'm glad my son is at my school

24th December 2004 at 00:00
Today I stopped a Year 11 student and asked how he had got on in his French mock oral exam. He then asked me what we were having for supper. It was my son.

Your article about being in the same school as your children, was astonishingly wide of the mark (TES, December 10). In my school there is not a year group without at least one child who is staff offspring and it has been that way for years. It is not a problem; rather an asset. Using Adrian Mole as evidence for how young people view school is in no way convincing.

The positives far outweigh the negatives from saving money on transport (me) and ease of communication of arrangements (both)to having the largest satchel in the world - a car (my son).

Why is your paper perpetuating the myth that family members are constantly embarrassed by each other? Why should intelligent youngsters decide to get into trouble just because their mother or father is around? Teachers'

children learn important life skills of patience and discretion early on; we see the impact of teachers' actions on pupils and may well modify our own approach as a result.

And, quite frankly, anyone "flopping around in leggings" at any time of day in any place deserves ridicule!

Janet Hutson

12 Turners Lane

North Ferriby

East Riding of Yorkshire

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