Some parents have lost trust in school head

NDET 9-9-13 RKH 31 Rachel Piper with son Keane Bailey Green angry with the conduct of Holmgate primary Headteacher.
NDET 9-9-13 RKH 31 Rachel Piper with son Keane Bailey Green angry with the conduct of Holmgate primary Headteacher.

A furious mum is demanding a full investigation after a headteacher made derogatory remarks on Facebook after a meeting they had concerning her son.

Rachel Piper, 31, of Windermere Road, Clay Cross, met with Holmgate Primary School headteacher Ruth Swailes to complain about son Keane Green being moved into a new class, suffering anxiety and being away from friends.

But after Mrs Swailes had a meeting with Ms Piper and the child’s grandmother at the Clay Cross school, the headteacher broadcast unflattering remarks about the meeting on the social media site.

Mrs Swailes stated on Facebook: “I’m also gobsmacked that some of the parents come to have a go at me and bring their mums along – they’re people in their 30s and 40s and still bringing their mums to sort me out.”

When she suggested taking her own mum to work to ‘fix em’, one Facebook friend remarked he could ‘sell tickets’ to which Mrs Swailes replied, “Sounds good to me. Granny boxing!”.

Ms Piper said: “She’s breached the confidentiality of a meeting and failed to show concern for my child. It’s not appropriate to talk about personal details in public. Some parents know my situation and knew it was about me.”

The School Board of Governors’ chairman Jane Kinsell stated in a letter to Ms Piper that Mrs Swailes felt Keane would thrive in a new class and she is apologetic for the comments and thought her privacy settings were for friends only. Mrs Swailes sent a written apology via the board’s chairman.

Mrs Swailes declined to comment further. Kat Alldread, vice-chair of governors, said the head offered to meet with Ms Piper to say sorry. A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said the matter has now been referred to the Holmgate Primary School board of governors.