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School’s unexpected closure for Muslim holiday angers parents

Parents at an east London school are furious because they were given just three days notice that the school would be partially closing for the Muslim holy festival Eid al-Adha. Chobham Academy, an independent mixed academy with 1,800 pupils ranging from ages three to 18, informed parents last week its nursery, reception, and Year 1 and 2 classes would not be held on Monday due to a high number of staff requesting leave for religious observance, giving families just days to find childcare arrangements.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice which could not be helped and for the disruption to the beginning of the new academic year, the school s primary principal, Mark Elms, said in a letter to parents.

READ MORE: Muslim school calls OFSTED inspectors racist after accusations of extremist leaflets1

The school has been accused by critics of penalizing working parents.

School closed next Monday, @chobhamacademy2 inform us today. Unacceptable short notice.

Working parents penalised again.

Pedro Martin (@pedrojmm) September 9, 20163

It s outrageous that they have done this at such short notice, one disgruntled mom told the Sun.

We wouldn t mind if it was included in the school calendar so we all knew well in advance that this was happening but to suddenly spring it on us just three days before is unacceptable.

People have jobs and lives and will find it difficult to get childcare at such short notice, added the woman, who did not want to be named.

Another parent at the school, Pedro Martin, who works as a Spanish tutor, told the MailOnline that he was forced to take time off work to look after his two sons, aged four and six.

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  1. ^ READ MORE: Muslim school calls OFSTED inspectors racist after accusations of extremist leaflets (www.rt.com)
  2. ^ @chobhamacademy (twitter.com)
  3. ^ September 9, 2016 (twitter.com)

HOTEL REVIEW | Hilton Garden Inn Customs House

The newest Hilton Hotel in Dublin is the recently acquired Hilton Garden Inn at Customs House. Situated on the river, on the edge of the financial district, the hotel is easy to find from the airport as well as being conveniently situated for shopping and dining.

HOTEL REVIEW | Hilton Garden Inn Customs House

The hotel boasts 239 spacious rooms, each with a 40-inch TV screen and mini-bar. The minibar can be stocked easily from a large selection of items at the pavilion pantry in the foyer 24 hours a day.
The professional and helpful hotel staff are able to assist you with finding your way around town, though public transport choices are also easy to find near the hotel, with local buses stopping just outside the main door, and the tram system running along the street behind. To help you sort through the many dining options the city has to offer, there is a Dublin Dining magazine including all the restaurants in the city and a map showing their locations. The hotel itself is a short 20 30-minute walk from most of the inner city areas such as Temple Bar, Grafton Street (Dublin s most famous shopping street), EPIC Ireland museum is within 5 minutes walk, and much of Dublin s main shopping areas are within 20 minutes.

The rooms themselves are spacious with a large comfortable bed, television screen with multiple channels from both Ireland and the UK. The bathrooms are bright and well appointed.

HOTEL REVIEW | Hilton Garden Inn Customs House

The hotel is a short walk from the majority of Dublin s gay bars, of which there are a few to choose from, with The George being the only one open past 12pm every night of the week with live drag acts, however it is simple enough to order an Uber and get there quicker for about 5 euro. It s a quick cab ride to the area of Temple Bar, where you can find hundreds of restaurants of various styles and varieties.

It s a good idea to check the traffic situation as mid-to-late afternoon traffic runs peak hour right past the hotel, and it might actually be quicker to walk.

To find out more about the hotel, or to make reservations, visit their website.1

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Once-in-a-lifetime holiday CANCELLED because ‘Thomson mistakenly UNDERPRICED the package’

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One family’s dream Discount Holidays © holiday was cancelled thanks to an IT error

Kristopher Meredith, 29, and his partner Paul Hales thought they were booking the Discount Holidays © holiday of a lifetime for themselves and four other family members when they sat down in the Thomson shop in Manchester Fort. Shopping channel presenter Kristopher was quoted a price of 200 per person for the Discount Holidays © holiday to Florida – 1400 in total. Raring to go, the couple couldn’t believe their luck with such a great price for a far-flung trip.

For a deposit of just 750, the six members of family were booked onto the Discount Holidays © holiday of a lifetime. Just 48 hours later their dream came crashing down when Thomson emailed the couple to inform them the Discount Holidays © holiday had been cancelled.

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Kristopher Meredith, 29, and his partner Paul Hales had their Discount Holidays © holiday cancelled

The email, published on ITV news, read: We are sorry it has been necessary to cancel your booking with us at this time.

You may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance.”

The couple and their family were offered a refund but, understandably, weren’t happy with their dream Discount Holidays © holiday being cancelled. After they made further enquiries, it was revealed the big trip was cancelled due to a pricing error.

Another email to the couple from the company, also published on ITV News, read: Unfortunately it is part of our terms and conditions in regards to errors in pricing, however if you wish to cancel the Discount Holidays © holiday we are able to waiver the cancellation charges and offer you a free cancellation. The news comes after James Walker dubbed ‘the consumer champion’1 told Express.co.uk readers how to resolve consumer complaints – and complain about Discount Holidays © holiday problems properly.

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Kristopher had to let his family know the Discount Holidays © holiday wouldn’t be going ahead

Speaking to the news site, Kristopher said: “We just thought it was a good deal.

“We weren t sure how much it should have cost but we were delighted.

“In the shop we said, Are you sure , and the lady said, That s the price .”

The Castlefield resident added: “When we got the email saying it had been cancelled we were devastated.

“We have been offered a refund but that s not what we want. We booked the Discount Holidays © holiday and they should honour it.”

A Thomson and First Choice spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We would like to apologise to Mr Meredith for his booking experience and the inconvenience caused.

“While we always offer exceptional value for money, unfortunately a rare system error last weekend resulted in a small number of holidays being sold for prices that were simply too good to be true.

“As a result and in line with our terms and conditions, affected customers – including Mr Meredith s party – have been contacted to have the incorrectly priced booking cancelled and the money paid returned.”

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