Find out name of relevant teacher from reluctant teenager.
Weekday morning: write note and send it into school with relevant teenager.
Weekend morning: find scrunched up note in pocket of trousers heading for washing machine.
Next week: phone school to speak to teacher.
Teachers being teachers, they’re teaching (during school hours) or in meetings (after school hours), not speaking to parents on phone.
Leave message for teacher.
2 or 3 days later, phone school again.
Speak to receptionist, she of So I’m Supposed To Know Everything, Now?fame. She insists that it’s not school policy to put parents through to teachers and you have to be routed via guidance. (See? She does know everything.) Leave message for Guidance teacher to pass to Class teacher.
2 or 3 days later… Assuming you 1) still have the will to live, 2) can remember the original question (did you keep that note?) and 3) still want an answer, figure out Guidance teacher’s email address and email the question.
2 or 3 days later… Yes! Result! Receive response from Guidance teacher who has spoken to class teacher.
But… You need to reply to the teacher’s reply. Email Guidance again.
It was the end of June and so the end of term when I found myself reminded of the reason why I adopted Guineapigmum as my nom de blog. Three years ago (was it really that long ago?) the school decided to bring the Standard Grade exams forward a year. The students would choose their 8 subjects at the end of S1 (Year 8 ) rather than S2 and sit their exams at the end of S3 (Year 10) instead of S4. They would choose their 5 subjects for Higher at the end of S3, do a 2 year instead of the more usual 1 year course and sit Highers as normal at the end of S5. Got that? Come on, keep up at the back of the class. If you stopped gossiping you’d know what I said.
GP1 was in the first year group to go through this system and so he sat his Standard Grades a year ago, in 2007. With this first cohort, the teachers had to deal with two entire year groups Continue reading →
So there we are. External exams are over for another year. Next year will be the big one – GP1/Highers (I’m trembling and pale at the prospect) with GP2/Standard Grades (an entirely different proposition). This year, though, was a relative breeze.