Angry dad keeps daughter off school over bus row

Politics / Thu 22nd May 2014 at 10:53am

haroldA FORMER Harlow councillor has removed his daughter from school during exam time because changes to the bus timetable means she could arrive late.

Lee Dangerfield, 42, of Park Mead, Harlow, said changes to Arriva’s 505 service meant his daughter, Sophie-Leigh (16) would arrive at school in Waltham Abbey two hours early or 30 minutes after registration.

King Harold Academy refused to give her permission to arrive late, so Mr Dangerfield has now decided to keep her at home during exam time.

Mr Dangerfield said: “Sophie-Leigh is supposed to start at 8.30am and finish at 4pm because of her exams. With the new bus hours it means she would have to get up at 5.30am to leave at 6.15am.

As the 505 is hourly she would miss the 4pm bus and would have to wait to get the 5pm bus so she would only get home at 5.35pm.”
It’s a lot to ask during exams. She needs to be studying. It’s a 12-hour day and it’s exhausting which is why she has been studying at home.”

Headteacher at King Harold Academy, Denice Halpin told the Harlow Star: “All staff take the exam period very seriously, especially at Key Stage 4 when our students’ results will have a significant impact on their future.”

“It is in line with legal requirement that we ask all students attend school on time so that they have the best possible chance of achieving their potential.

“We are aware of a change to a bus timetable within the area and do empathise with the effect this will have on travel times. “
Essex County Council and had also made a complaint to the bus company.

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