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  • "I'm sorry but this 'contract' fills me with horror, it sounds like they are signing up for the gestapo, is this what all schools do to their 6th formers? Maybe someone could let me know about the other local secondary schools 6th form contracts. Where is the 'If you are struggling please come and talk to me, we will help you through a tough course or advise you to change to a less challenging course if that is in your best interest'. I don't see that there, and these are not children they are 17 and 18 yr olds, if they want to work surely that is their right, it is a struggle for families to support their children, so to go out and get a job is imperative for some to be able to continue their education. It also gives them the valuable experience of being out in the 'big world'. As long as it doesn't impact on their studying surely it can be a good thing.
    I can't see this school being closed down it is much needed, this is just a blip, but can I also say it isn't just about the 7 recent 6th formers, there was a group in the summer also told not to come back in September, not sure how many but rumored to be 20, there is a bigger picture.
    As a community school the 6th form was thriving has something changed from then?"
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'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad'

Bucks Free Press: 'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad' 'Students kicked out of Highcrest because pass grades would made it look bad'

PARENTS have claimed their children were thrown out of Highcrest’s Sixth Form because their predicted pass grades would ‘not look good on the academy’.

Two parents approached the Free Press to say seven youngsters were told their Sixth Form place at Highcrest was being revoked because their grades were not of the required standard.

A parent, who did not wish to be named, said her 18-year-old son was on course for a pass mark and not the distinction Highcrest was looking for.

She said: “They are crushing the children's self confidence – if they’re on for a pass they should motivate them and say ‘you need to put in more’.

“They are wasting a child's whole year. They are not going to get in anywhere else at this stage of the school year - it's totally unfair.

“We asked why there hadn’t been a warning, as teachers are supposed to help them, and they used the words ‘it’s not good for the school’.

“I asked, so are they just numbers on a piece of paper to you then and not students you are supposed to help? They said ‘we can’t comment’.

"They're doing it to save their own skin and to make themselves look nice for Ofsted next year."

A 17-year-old student who had been kicked out of the academy said the snub has left her feeling ‘useless, broken and not wanted’.

The student, who also asked not to be named, is still fighting to reclaim her place but said she was shocked at the way she was treated by staff.

She said staff would not speak to her when she went up to the Hatters Lane-based academy to discuss the issue and later refused to change their mind despite not having an up-to-date report on her progress.

She added: “As dedicated individuals, we believe that no student should be asked to leave if they are underachieving - instead the school should support us and motivate us to get the grades required.

“Kicking Sixth Formers out will not help them make the school better [in the eyes of Ofsted].

“Highcrest tells its students that they are entering a place to succeed. Its mission statement is to ‘learn and achieve’ - but how can we do that if we are not given the chance?”

The BFP contacted Highcrest but it refused to confirm or deny the claims, stating: “We do not comment on individuals or small groups of students who may then be identifiable to the local community.

"Whatever actions we take are always in the best interests of individual students.”

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