Cinderellas who can’t go to ‘prom’

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A combined school has distanced itself from a leavers’ party which has excluded more than a third of its young pupils.

Sixty Years 6 children received invitations to the private bash to mark their departure from Portfields School in Newport Pagnell.

But 40 of their classmates were upset, some of them in tears – because they were not invited.

The distress of some ten and 11-year-old Cinderellas was so severe that teachers had to intervene and comfort them.

“I think the whole thing is disgraceful,” said one mum whose daughter was not one of the chosen majority.

“This event was organised by a group of parents but it has caused a huge amount of bad feeling. They should either invite all the children in Year 6 or none at all. It is not fair to discriminate against children who are so young.”

The party organisers, nine parents who have hired a village hall, say it is a private party for friends of their children.

“We told each of our children they could invite their best friends. Obviously they didn’t invite people they don’t play with. There’s nothing wrong with that ,” said one.

Portfields headteacher, Mary St-Amour, said: “Portfields School has nothing to do with this event. We have been told it is a family party.

“We end our year with child-based celebratory activities appropriate to ten and 11 year olds. This includes an in-house party for all children during the school day.”

Mrs St-Amour added: “If this is the case, I feel sad how this event has escalated and the apparent distress caused to those children not invited.

“We will make sure however, that our term end is a GOOD one as we value every child.”