When approached, several SLT staff said that Registration was to a) make sure students are in school and not late and b) to set students up for the day. To address the first point, why give detentions to those that are already in school on time? The quota of catching out late-comers is already covered by the clipboard-toting invalids on the gate, so this is just a tax on those that have better things to do than watch Newsround and talk about their feelings and planners. Equally, if you don't want students to be late to school, don't lower the closing time. The school day at Hampstead starts at 9 a.m. not 8:35. All this is doing is forcing students into something that isn't a lesson and has little or no effect on them.
Seriously, though, what is the point of Registration? It seems very paradoxical, that you have to register for something, so that you are not marked late on said register, just for the sake of registering. Its a waste of 20 minutes, that students could easily spend in bed. What really gets us is that there's all this polava over registration, when we all go into Period 1 and have to do the exact same thing again, in half the time.
Understanding that the Management only wants to inflict suffering on students, we can move on to their second point. Now, a quiet 20 minutes might just set students up for the day ahead, but surely an extra 20 minutes in bed, a longer, more wholesome breakfast or more time to ready and prepare in the mornings would have greater effect on their school day. Also, in what way is a 20 minute detention first thing in the morning going to ready you for the day. All it does is fill unfortunate students with dread and contempt.
We here at the Trash are firm believers that the school day should start at 9 a.m. and that is when the gate should be closed. Registration should be removed from the school day, as its sole purpose is fulfilled in Period 1, and if students are late, they should bear no punishment, as the detriment to their education should be punishment enough. Of course, the school would never let students do this, because the Management have a fetish for playing League Tables more than Thomas Shelby at a racetrack, and even those that are late because of unforeseeable circumstances will go heavily punished.
We expect the Management to realise this was just one of their 'initiatives' that didn't work out for them, and redact the rule. Like a Lumberjack with a limp cock, they just can't see the wood for the trees.
DISCLAIMER: This Hampstead Trash article has been written to critique the actions of the governing bodies of the school. This is so student readers can hear both sides of the argument, and formulate their own opinions on matters pertaining to their education.