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  1. After 20+ years working in schools, I have seen this more than a few times over the years. The school should be more supportive than you are describing. Politely press them on the strategies that have been put in place to guarantee that the lad will be safe whilst in their care. We would usually offer some sort of mediation between the kids to resolve underlying issues, assign a peer mentor or support teacher \ staff to keep an eye on things and to support your son. I would also ask his mates to look out for him in school, on the way home or when in the local community. Bullies rarely act when they think they might get something back. Security in numbers. I don't recommend parent to parent meetings - as previously mentioned, you don't know how amenable the other parents are and it could make things worse. I would also press the police for a response. If you have reported it as an assault then they should investigate and report back to you. As a minimum I would expect that they have visited him and his parents or have called them in for a good talking to. This will be logged on their system. I would worry about the older boys getting into bother if it kicked off. They will be deemed as older, more mature and putting hands on a minor never looks good. Similarly if your lad responded, he could get into trouble, so make sure that any physical response is a last resort, is in self defence and in view of people who could back him up and testify that he was acting to protect himself. Keep a log of events e.g. incidents, communication with the police, communication with the school etc. until this is resolved. Also Kidscape are pretty good. Sound advice on the website and you can give them a call too: https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/parent-advice-line/ Hope it gets resolved soon.
  2. Great. Thanks MF. Showing up fully booked for pre-payment but we will just rock up anyway and see if we can get a space. Regards, Steve
  3. Premier Inn - New Bridge Street.
  4. One last question and then I will shut up. I am travelling up in a minibus. Where is the best place to park? The hotel haven't been much help, recommending places with a height restriction. Anyway thanks for all the previous help and suggestions. Regards, Steve
  5. Evening, Thanks for all the culinary suggestions. We are up this weekend and are playing two games at Gateshead Stadium on the 3G astro pitch on Saturday \ Sunday morning in a vain attempt to justify spending the whole weekend on the drink to our wives and partners. The team we are meant to face on Sunday are now short of a few players so if a couple of you fancy a run out against an aged, half-cut bunch of southerners I am sure you will get a game. The astro pitch has been booked for a 10 am KO, roll on roll off subs, top and shorts provided so you would just need to have socks, shin pads and astros or moulded studs. A contribution towards pitch cost and referee fee would be welcome. Can you let me know though and I will get contact details of the lad who is organising the 'home' side to you? Cheers! Steve
  6. We have been twice before but tend to go out quite early. Service has been great and the food good on both occasions. That said mind, the southern boys are always in awe of the size of the Northern portions. Make your own gags here. Would appreciate any suggestions for a better alternative for a group of 14. Cheers.
  7. Cheers lads.
  8. Great, many thanks MF.
  9. Evening, I am regular reader but don't post often as I have limited value to add to conversations! Anyway I am bringing my ageing veterans football team to Tyneside from Hertfordshire for the 3rd time in six years to play two games on Tyneside in April. We are booking Akbars on the Saturday night for a curry but need a recommendation for the Friday. There are 14 of us. We are staying in the Premier Inn New Bridge Street so a Central location preferable. Also last time we were up, April 2014, it was dead in town \ quayside until about 11pm. Any suggestions on where we should go as our football games will finish about 1pm. We are 40ish in age and are just looking for a laugh, some good beers and no bother. Thanks in advance. Steve
  10. Fair play to CT I did hurriedly installed Beast 1.5 on my Amazon Fire Box and managed to watch the game in good HD albeit with a few stutters and buffering issues. I haven't really tried the TV and movies yet though. Just had Genesis on before.
  11. I used to love the FA Cup. Growing up as a young fan in the eighties there was always expectation, even though we were in poor shape as a club. What can we expect today? Expect to go out of both domestic cup competitions at the first hurdle. Expect to lose the Tyne \ Wear derby. Expect to sell if a player of he shows any true talent. Expect to challenge for mid table mediocrity year on year. Expect more Sports Direct banners.
  12. El Tel talking himself into a job?
  13. Different regime though. We weren't a marketing tool under Freddie Shepherd. We just need to avoid relegation, stay in the Premiership and the global advert for Sports Direct is transmitted across the planet every other week. Mike sits back and rubs his hands.
  14. Thanks, this may be better as it is more central. Would they have a problem with a party of 16 middle ages blokes?
  15. Yeah Tom. Bit of a hazy memory now but won it from scratch cards in the multi-packs of Coke. I was drinking gallons of the stuff at the time to keep me going as I was writing a dissertation through the night whilst working full time at Sainsbury's over an Easter break at university. Had to match a goal time with a famous WC winning goal printed in The Mirror. I nearly didn't win it as Coca-Cola kept phoning up and I thought it was a hoax caller as I had completely forgotten that I had entered! Great hospitality at the LAX Hilton, a trip to the LA sights, a trip to Disney and Warner Bros and World Cup closing Party at Universal Studios. Took a great deal of stick for wearing Newcastle top in the final - the mad, half cut Brazilians who we were seated with thought I was a Baggio \ Juventus fan.