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Teachers accused of ‘wokery’ and ‘virtue signalling’ after dropping ‘he’ and ‘she’ from reports


Parents anger over gender-neutral school reports: East Sussex co-educational teachers accused of ‘wokery’ and ‘virtue signaling’ after dropping ‘he’ and ‘she’ from student feedback forms and referring to 11- to 16-year-olds as ‘ she’

  • Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, sparked outrage with gender neutral reports
  • One sentence read: ‘They must be able to explain different religious views’

Parents are outraged after a leading high school sent out gender-neutral school reports for all children without consultation.

Mothers and fathers were stunned when their children’s grades came from the co-educational Priory School with all personal pronouns changed.

The reports on the 11- to 16-year-olds also contained grammatical roars while omitting any mention of “he” or “she.”

Shocking sentences included a report from a religious studies class in which a boy’s parents were told about their son: “They must be able to explain different religious beliefs about life after death.”

In another line, a student was told, “It would be even better if they paid more attention to spelling, punctuation, and grammar.”

Jon Curtis-Brignell, headteacher at the school in Lewes, East Sussex, has insisted that staff ‘do not have a gender neutral communication policy’

The father of a 9th grade boy, who declined to be named, told the Mail: ‘This was totally unannounced as far as we can tell.

“There have been no announcements and suddenly they adopted this policy, which they would presumably use in all of their communications.”

But headteacher Jon Curtis-Brignell of the school in Lewes, East Sussex, has insisted that staff “do not have a gender neutral communication policy”.

He claimed that the poorly written reports were due to a computer error of software that automates parts of the reports.

But it’s not the first time apparent wakery has upset students and parents at the school, which boasts high-profile alumni including broadcaster Piers Morgan.

In 2019, there were protests at the gates when then-headteacher Tony Smith banned girls from wearing skirts as part of a gender-neutral uniform rule.

Both male and female students wore skirts to ridicule the move, with Morgan even threatening to wear a blouse and join them. Meanwhile, the latest step has allowed parents to vent their frustration in WhatsApp groups for parents. A mother with a 13-year-old son at the school believes Mr Curtis-Brignell still has a waking agenda despite his denials.

The Priory School in Lewes sparked outrage from parents with its 'gender neutral' reports

The Priory School in Lewes sparked outrage from parents with its ‘gender neutral’ reports

The woman, who declined to be named, said: “Introducing a blanket policy as a knee-jerk response to the gender issue is missing the point completely.

‘Personal pronouns are a matter of choice for each individual and assigning the pronoun ‘they’ to each learner takes away their choice. The policy was introduced to indicate the pro-transposition of the school, but it effectively deprives all students of the right to vote.”

Another mother with a 14-year-old daughter at the school insisted she had received further correspondence in gender-neutral language, adding: “They need to focus on raising our children well and not getting involved in gender politics.”

Mr Curtis-Brignell said last night: ‘We have now completed a review of our written reports, including the use of generic personal pronouns, and changes will be made when the next reports are issued later in the year.

“Any concerns raised with the school by parents and carers will always be met with openness, transparency and honesty.”

Cressida Murray, whose daughter Libby protested the introduction of the gender-neutral school uniform, said: ‘I’m not surprised at all. The school is so wrong about the gender issue. It is ridiculous.’

Her daughter left last year, but she said the school should take stock and leave the pronouns to the personal choice of each individual student.

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