Pupils at a Bushey School were left devastated after their last day of Year 11 celebrations was cancelled just the night before.
Queens’ School allegedly sent an email to parents on the evening of May 10 to inform them that Year 11 pupils should not attend school on May 11 as they had taken the decision to cancel the leavers’ assembly.
This was reportedly due to the behaviour of some students on the last day of formal lessons on May 11.
Speaking to BusheyNews, parent Dave May said he was disgusted to read that the celebrations had been cancelled for all pupils rather than just those who had behaved badly.
He said: “It’s not just about signing t-shirts; it’s about saying goodbye and taking photos with the teachers. This is a day these kids won’t ever get back.
“I think the school could have dealt with it in a much better way and pinpointed the people who were responsible and not alienated the kids that weren’t involved.”
Another parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “This cohort has been through several lockdowns, periods of home schooling, and teacher strikes. They are rightly excited for the start of a new chapter in education and have now lost the chance to formally say goodbye to their peers and teachers.”
Headteacher Jonathan Morrell said: “Queens’ has a long history of very positive and enjoyable leavers’ days for both the end of Key Stage 4 and 5. They are always enjoyable occasions, positively embraced in line with our values. As is tradition, events were planned for both Key Stages this year.
“All students in Year 11 enjoyed a full final school day on Wednesday, celebrating five years at Queens’. It included all the rituals normally undertaken by leavers: signing shirts, handing out presents, and saying goodbye to staff and friends alike. There was also a sporting event with all the year either participating or observing.
“Sadly, concerns around health and safety emerged during the day which led us to cancel the final assembly planned for the following morning and commence study leave. This was a difficult decision to make and clearly disappointing. The school has high expectations of students and considers health and safety a priority and the calm and orderly running of the school for the 1,500 students not in Year 11, including public exams which have already commenced.”