All of us not sending our kids to the City of London Academy Highgate Hill, Archway, in England should pause to give a silent -- or, actually, perhaps boisterous -- moment of thanks. For this is a school where silence rules.
Kids may not utter a peep in the halls, and if they insist on
behaving like humans misbehaving, they will be dealt with most severely. As the Islington Tribune reports:
[T]he City, which took over the former Catholic school last September, insists the hush will lead to improved standards of behaviour.
Pupils who break the no-noise rule twice are handed a detention.
So remember kids! Don't say hi to your friends...OR ELSE.
A letter from principal Prince Gennuh published on the school’s website reads: “There has been a further improvement since I last wrote to you about our expectation regarding the atmosphere in our corridors.
“However, there is still a noticeable level of noise during lesson changeover times – this has been very disruptive to ongoing lessons.
“We are aiming for a scholastic atmosphere in the corridors at all times.
Maybe they mean monastic?
“Hence from September students will be given a warning when they leave their lessons and will be expected to walk in silence, and on the left to their next lessons or break.
“There will be a sanction for students who break this clear expectation.”
As one commenter noted, these rules are not new. They were standard operating procedure in Victorian prisons.
But the suits are sticking with the policy:
“Since taking over the school in September 2017, the City of London Academy Highgate Hill has seen examination results and the progress of the children improve significantly.
“An important factor behind this has been driving up standards of behaviour across the school.
“The new policy around behaviour in the corridor builds on this progress by preventing lessons being disrupted by students in the corridors....
“These standards, coupled with exciting, engaging lessons have created a happy school where children succeed.”
We actually don't doubt that kids can be happy and also abide by strict rules, if there's still some source of joy. But the idea that becoming harsher is justified by higher examination scores seems like the wrong trade-off. - L