Furious parents describe high school rules as those of a ‘military boot camp’

Parents at a Bristol school are furious at the ‘military boot camp’ style rules that have been introduced for pupils since the start of term.

Parents of students at the city’s Blaise High School have even protested the new ‘regime’, with many saying they are already considering moving their children to another school.

The school has been criticized for the rules. Credit: Google Maps

According to a list of rules seen by Bristol live, the school’s students are subject to a series of new rules, including the obligation to smile when a teacher asks them to; receiving detentions or periods of solitary confinement for resting their chins on their hands in class, and stricter uniform regulations.

A new ‘pace and aim’ rule requires students to ‘walk in a straight line, quickly and without gaps between people’, before ‘standing in a straight line’ as well as ‘walking’ in and out outside the school “in silence”.

During lessons, pens should be lowered, students should sit upright, and there should be no talking, moving or spinning.

Meanwhile, the school’s ‘roll call’ sees pupils queuing as uniform and equipment – such as pencil cases and books – are inspected.

While 7-10 year olds supposedly have to go through this three times a day, 11 year olds have to go through it five times a day. To save time for roll calls, lunch has been limited to half an hour and students can only eat if they are seated.

Some parents say their children want to quit school.  Credit: Shutterstock
Some parents say their children want to quit school. Credit: Shutterstock

A parent told Bristol Live that her Year 11 daughter now wants to quit school.

“Even though it’s a key year, with her GCSEs coming up, she’s had enough already. It’s not a particular rule, it’s like it’s a military school now,” she said. declared.

“They walk around in silence, they can’t interact with their friends in a natural way, they’re always terrified of not doing something right and getting detention or suspension.”

Another added: “There is a kind of military feeling. The kids have to do that roll call, with everyone entering the room five times a day and queuing up to be inspected.

“They can’t laugh, they can’t talk, they have to smile if a teacher orders them to smile.

“The whole atmosphere of the school now means that students are saying that learning is no longer fun.”

Books and pencil cases are also inspected.  Credit: Shutterstock
Books and pencil cases are also inspected. Credit: Shutterstock

The school is run by the Greenshaw Learning Trust. In a statement, Will Smith, CEO of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, said: “We expect all students to attend in accordance with school policies and Blaise High School offers support to all parents and students for the TO DO.

“The safety and well-being of students is the school’s top priority and if any students or parents have any concerns they should contact the school directly.”

Tyla reached out to the trust as well as Blaise High School for comment.

Martha K. Merrill