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BREAKING: Pupils in tears as teachers move their leaving day

Wednesday 15th May 2019

YEAR 13 pupils at Invicta Grammar School were left sobbing in the playground after staff brought their Leavers’ Day forward by 24 hours.

The students were told at an emergency assembly this morning that the last day they’ll spend together before sitting exams has been shifted to head-off possible pranks.

Downs Mail understands that teachers were concerned the Huntsman Lane school could fall foul of similar stunts to those which mired Maidstone Grammar School for Girls.

One Invicta pupil said: “Girls have been crying in the playground.”

However, Invicta Grammar School Headteacher, Julie Derrick, said: “We held a celebratory assembly this morning (15 May) which enabled students and staff to recall memories of their time at Invicta Grammar School, and enjoy with each other, speeches, photographs, videos and good luck messages. 

"Students were informed at this assembly that from tomorrow (16 May) onwards, study leave will commence to allow them as much time as possible for personal study to prepare for their A-Level exams, many of which have already started.

“This news was received well by all Year 13 students, who participated in the assembly with enthusiasm and positivity, and then enjoyed a celebratory ice cream with their friends, courtesy of the school.

“The only tears we saw, were ones of happiness and emotion at coming to the end of their school journey.  We wish them all the very best for their exams and in the future, and we look forward to seeing them imminently for revision sessions that are planned over the coming days.”

Yesterday, Downs Mail revealed how Maidstone Grammar's Head Deborah Stanley pulled the plug on Year 11 proms because she considered a series of last day pranks were too dangerous.

Marking the last day with a "muck up" of stunts and fun is not unusual in schools - but Mrs Stanley felt they went too far.