Private school scraps end of year prom over ‘unacceptable pressure’

The BBC is reporting that a girls’ school has scrapped its end of year prom claiming it is too much of a “distraction” to pupils.

The school’s headmaster said the “growing expense and luxury” forced on parents was also a major concern.

Beaulieu Convent School in Jersey also referred to “worries about alcohol and drug consumption” at the end of Year 11 event for pupils aged 15-16.

A former pupil said the prom was an important milestone and accused the school of overreacting.

Chris Beirne, headmaster, said the “significant focus and distraction” caused by the prom “does not fit into the ethos of our school”.

Writing to parents Mr Beirne cited a letter from an unnamed colleague who was convinced the preparations and the event were “not positive, constructive or healthy experiences”.

The colleague wrote: “The financial strain and the inevitable competition associated with this is another very unwelcome, and sometimes crushing, aspect for many parents.”

The letter from the colleague also referred to “alcohol and drug consumption at after-parties” as “a considerable concern”.

It said the strain of trying “to be slim, fashionable, have perfect skin” led to “unacceptable pressure”.

Mr Beirne said he could no longer “safely manage the risk” associated with the event.

The independent Catholic school said it would continue to offer Year 13 leavers a celebratory mass with their families followed by a drinks reception at the school…

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I’m sure quite a lot of parents and staff probably have sympathy with the decision being made here but is it an unfair overreaction?

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End of year proms - important milestone or too much of a distraction?

 

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Comments

  1. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Increasingly seeing a system driving silly decisions by Heads. The kids are right, They speak social and the prom is social.

  2. What happened to the school leavers’ disco?  That said, I know pupils love the idea of a Prom despite the expense to their parents.  Drugs and alcohol should, of course, be forbidden.  Pupils and parents should be warned beforehand that anyone showing signs of either would be banned from the Prom and parents asked to pick them up.  Disciplinary procedures should follow.

  3. What happened to the school leavers’ disco?  That said, I know pupils love the idea of a Prom despite the expense to their parents.  Drugs and alcohol should, of course, be forbidden.  Pupils and parents should be warned beforehand that anyone showing signs of either would be banned from the Prom and parents asked to pick them up.  Disciplinary procedures should follow.

  4. What happened to the school leavers’ disco?  That said, I know pupils love the idea of a Prom despite the expense to their parents.  Drugs and alcohol should, of course, be forbidden.  Pupils and parents should be warned beforehand that anyone showing signs of either would be banned from the Prom and parents asked to pick them up.  Disciplinary procedures should follow.

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