School’s out for the summer ... and some parents are not pleased

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An angry parent of an Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupil has complained after his son finished school three weeks early.

The Rev Simon Gill, vicar at All Saints’ Church in Sudbury, was told by son Matthew, who is studying five AS levels, on June 17 that he would be finishing lessons on June 28, and not the scheduled end of term on July 23.

Mr Gill received a letter from the school five days later and said the situation has caused problems.

“I’m not desperately happy about it – he is in the middle of university applications and this means he is losing valuable time and preparation for his A-levels,” said Mr Gill, a governor at All Saints Middle School.

He said AS level pupils would normally return to school after exams to start work ahead of the following year.

“I’ve spoken to another parent and my son has spoken to his friends and they are fairly perturbed,” added Mr Gill.

“What particularly concerned us was the fact we didn’t get much notice. Nothing came out in writing until the Saturday and they were only in school one more week.”

Caroline Wilson, Ormiston Sudbury Academy principal, said 48 pupils were affected.

“We’re a joint sixth form with Thomas Gainsborough School and have joint classes,” she said. “It had to suspend its timetables for year 12 so, in the interests of fairness, we gave our pupils the same dates.”

Staff have set reading lists and students are allowed to work independently at the school.

She said: “I admit it was late notice because we didn’t get the information until late.”