Headteacher forced to apologise after school report contained 14 errors


A red-faced headteacher was forced to apologise after a school report was sent to a parent containing a staggering 14 spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

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The bungling form tutor sent the ”shocking” email to the parents of a pupil in her class at Gleed Girls’ Technology College, in Spalding, Lincs.

It contained simple spelling mistakes such as ‘requriements’ and ‘occaisions’.

The poorly written report also included misplaced apostrophes, missing letters and embarrassing typos such as ‘ativities’ and ‘everning’.

Plain English campaigners today slammed the ”appalling” error-laden email and claimed the teacher should be sent back to school herself.

The school report errors are revealed just days after Government education secretary Michael Gove called for teachers to clamp down on poor spelling and grammar.

Marie Clair, spokeswoman for the Plain English Campaign, said: ”I think this teacher should go back to school themselves – it is appalling.

”Teachers who do this should wear their own dunces hats when they make so many mistakes.

”If you are sending out a letter to parents it is unacceptable to have 14 errors. At the very least you should spell check the letter.

”When you are chatting with friends you get used to certain language but when you are writing to people outside your organisation there is a responsibility to get it right.

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”The Government was only saying last week how attention should be put to grammar and spelling when marking exams but teachers aren’t using plain english themselves.”

The pupil’s mother, who has asked not to be named, was appalled by the poor standard of the letter written by her daughter’s form tutor.

She said: ”What concerns me most is that this teacher is supposed to be responsible for raising my daughter’s educational standards.

”If her standards are that low, how can she expect my daughter’s to be high?

”By the time I got to the third paragraph I’d noted five mistakes. I would always check an email before I clicked send.

”I am very happy with the school in all other aspects of their dealings with my daughter.

”But I just received this email and was shocked at how poorly written it was.”

Liz Shawhulme, headteacher at the 800-pupil Gleed Girls’ Technology College, admitted there were ”no excuses” for the spelling errors.

She said: ”As a responsible school we do encourage staff to contact parents either by phone, letter or email.

”I am, however, shocked by the number of mistakes, many of which appear to be typos, in this communication.

”It was obviously written in haste and not checked but this is no excuse and I will be contacting the parent to apologise personally.”

The all-girls school opened in 1941 as John Gleed Secondary Modern School for Girls with 300 pupils.

The school’s website boasts a ”trailblazing” institution which has an ”excellent reputation locally and nationally”


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