School ends on sour note at Ysgol Eirias
Ysgol Eirias in Colwyn Bay informed parents at 2.30pm last Thursday that exam leave for second year GCSE students would start the next day – on Friday – with pupils only told at 3.30pm following an exam.
Students who did show up on Friday hoping to say goodbye to teachers and schoolmates were escorted from the school premises.
A text message was also sent to parents, reminding them that Year 11s were not allowed on site unless they had an exam.
One student, who is returning to the school for sixth form so did not wish to be named, said: “It was so sudden, it was horrible.
"The exam finished at 3.30pm and one of the heads of year came in. They said because we were such a good year group and because we had worked so hard, we could start study leave a day early.
“They tried to say it was a good thing but we knew it wasn’t – people were standing outside after the exam and trying to get as many photos as they could because for a lot of us, it would be the last time we saw each other.
“Not even the teachers knew. We hadn’t had chance to say goodbye.”
More than 30 pupils went to the school on Friday to say goodbye to teachers and prepare for forthcoming GCSE exams.
The pupil said: “We all got kicked out. I got ushered out of the school by one of the deputy heads, I was stood talking to a teacher who was saying how unfair it was and the deputy head basically forced me out.
“They can’t touch us but it was intimidating and they said we could have been done for trespassing if we continued to be on school property.”
Cllr Donald Milne, a governor at the school, said it would be inappropriate to comment on an operational matter and no one at Ysgol Eirias was available to comment.
The pupil added: “They’ve done it once before to another year, three years ago, but I don’t know why they decided to do it now.
“I got my year book on the Wednesday but on the Thursday, I forgot it. I didn’t think it would matter because I’d get all the signatures on Friday but now I’ll never fill it.
“Apparently now, once we’ve left we’re not legal students so we’re not allowed to go into schools to speak to teachers. We could disrupt lessons.
“I really want to pass English with flying colours and it was something I really needed help on. It was a kick in the face. We were led to believe we had an extra day of support.”
Students and teachers were not the only ones critical of the school's decision.
Parent Maggie Kinsey said: “I am appalled at Eirias High School’s treatment of their Year 11 pupils.
“(It denied) them not only the opportunity to get everything signed off but the chance to say goodbye to their friends, peers and teachers.
“I am very upset and angry at the situation.”