LORD Grey School has been accused of “blackmail” for not handing out GCSE results until students pay their old library book fines – an accusation strongly denied.
Barry O’Leary, whose 16-year-old daughter Paige was due to collect her exam results this morning, claims she was turned away and refused her results until a £3 penalty for not returning an old library book from Year 7 was paid. He also says some of her friends were told the same.
“This was supposed to be a happy and exciting day for us but it’s been ruined,” he said. “I can’t believe they have tried to blackmail people like this.
“I refused to pay it and I’ve had calls from people at the school apologising for the overzealous behaviour of the teacher who was telling people this. They then backed down and said she could collect the results.”
Headteacher, Dr Tracey Jones, admitted that some students were told to return home and bring back the resources they had borrowed from the school in exchange for their results, but insists they had been given plenty of warnings during term time.
“We did hassle them to bring back what they borrowed,” she said. “But we asked them in assemblies, newsletters, we made calls home – the students knew.
“A lot of them live locally, so it was easy for them to pop home to collect the books. If there was a genuine excuse, like they’d lost the book or they couldn’t afford the fine, then we let them off and gave them their results.
“On a day like today, we would never stop a student from getting their exam results all together.”