Don't break the bonds of School, Faith and the Family this Christmas

Ask St Josephs Parents
Ask St Josephs Parents Birmingham
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The Lumen Christi Academy Board has taken the decision to change the school holiday dates for it's 6 schools and turn it's back on the recommended dates issued by Birmingham City Council which are followed by other schools in the City. This decision, which has been made by 6 board members, affects pupils, parents and staff.


There has been no consultation with the schools parents, school parent representatives, carers or staff.

We do not believe that the decision to alter our schools holidays is 'to focus on Advent....'. We believe families should not be split up over this important period of the Christian calendar; that families should not be financially compromised because of this decision and that this decision has been made without consideration to the difficulties which parents now face.

We believe that the Lumen Christi Academy Board of Directors must reverse this decision. We believe that education is a shared partnership, one which parents and carers play an equal part in with schools.

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  • Jason Benson
    Jason Benson United Kingdom, Sheffield
    Apr 07, 2016
    Apr 07, 2016
    It is a disgrace that such a major change can be made with no regard for the family's that are, apparently, at the centre of these communities. The negative response has been overwhelming, yet the board has refused to respond.
  • Samantha Bunn
    Samantha Bunn United Kingdom, Birmingham
    Mar 18, 2016
    Mar 18, 2016
    It saddens me that a MAT built around the principles of faith has has so little consideration for the family life of the pupils it strives to support. To have to split my family up at such a precious time of the year is appalling. I also feel for the teachers and their own families/children (who were also not consulted in the decision making process) as many will be spending time apart from each other at Christmas. With so many stakeholders against the decision it is very disappointing that a further statement has not been released by the Limen Christi board. I fear that this is one decision the MAT board will not recover from, as many people have lost their trust in them as a credible leadership team.
  • Maggie Smith
    Maggie Smith United Kingdom, Birmingham
    Feb 22, 2016
    Feb 22, 2016
    To the Board of Directors at Lumen Christi: How considerate of you to give my family the opportunity to focus on Advent by allowing my daughter to finish school on 21st December and celebrate with pupils, students, families and the wider community (my son finishes secondary school on 16 December and returns to school on 3rd January). Also, how kind of you to think of us as a family by giving us the opportunity to take advantage of a reduced cost holiday (my son can presumably stay at his grandma's house whilst myself, my husband and my daughter are skiing in Aspen!). How refreshing to know that the school will focus on special events on the liturgical calendar during her last week in school (what range of Disney films does the school intend on showing that week. It will be lovely to receive a new batch of calendars/arts and craft items). And how thoughtful of you to think of our family starting the New Year refreshed and rested (I can take unpaid leave from work/my husband who is self employed can lose money by refusing work). Finally, many thanks for giving me the opportunity as a parent to be involved in the consultation process and for providing me with clarity on this proposal. This really does give me a positive vision for the future of the MAC!
  • Eileen eggleton
    Eileen eggleton United Kingdom, Birmingham
    Feb 18, 2016
    Feb 18, 2016
    Well isn't the MAC of to a good start!? Fine example of integrity, accountability and transparency-just as predicted!
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