Cursorily and tucked away

THE story of the child and the trainers (page 3, Mercury, July 12), is another non-story blown out of all proportion by local press seemingly seeking to sensationalise any hint of scandal. Where was such fulsome press coverage of our results, triumphs,

THE story of the child and the trainers (page 3, Mercury, July 12), is another non-story blown out of all proportion by local press seemingly seeking to sensationalise any hint of scandal. Where was such fulsome press coverage of our results, triumphs, performances and recent Ofsted report? When you have a story that reflects well on Churchill, it is often covered cursorily and tucked away. Anything that can be pejorative is front page news. And, please, don't hide behind 'this is a public interest' story - it fails on every count: firstly, it is a non-story; secondly, it is of scant interest to anyone. What is of public interest is the nature and success of the best performing school in North Somerset and its many achievements. This seems not enough for your paper though, determined as it seems to make stories out of nothing.I am also concerned at the exploitation of this child in this way - do you really think you are helping her or her family by making such a fuss about a non-contentious matter. You have to read right through to the end of the article before it becomes clear that the school is (as always) happy to work with health professionals to the benefit of students. You clearly do not understand the nature of children and schools and this ignorance allows you free rein to blunder into such situations. Perhaps your staff would do better to engage with us and talk issues through instead of seeking to find 'the dirt' - real or illusionary - in every incident. By the way - I am sure you know 'hallux valgus' is a medical term for bunions; quite a front page story!DR B T WRATTEN - Head, Churchill Community School and Sixth Form CentreEDITOR'S NOTE: We had no wish to exploit the child. The story came from the father who felt his child was being penalised. Positive stories about Churchill School have averaged one a month this year, although direct news from the school is less than is received from most schools in North Somerset. This 'non-story' was highlighted in even more detail by the Western Daily Press.


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