Outcry over Hugh Christie’s assembly awards
26th June 2019
HUGH CHRISTIE School in Tonbridge has achieved nationwide notoriety after one of its teachers handed out a survey to pupils asking them to name the most attractive classmate.
The school on White Cottage Road has apologised for the questionnaire that was sent out to 13 and 14 year olds on June 19.
It listed a number of award categories to be filled in by the teenagers ahead of their Year Nine’s ‘Celebration Assembly’.
The nominations included: Best looking male/female, biggest poser, most irritating habit, best couple, biggest strop and biggest ego.
It also asked the students to name their favourite teacher and suggested they make up their own categories.
The school initially said on Twitter that ‘the member of staff responsible has been spoken to’.
The tweet said: “We will inform students to disregard the form. We totally agree this was inappropriate and apologise unreservedly for any offence caused to our students and parents.”
The school’s executive principal Jon Barker subsequently issued a statement announcing an internal investigation.
He said: “I wish to apologise unreservedly for the awards nomination form circulated to students and seen by parents that has caused offence.
“As soon as Senior Leaders were made aware, the form was withdrawn and replaced with one that correctly reflects the school’s ethos.
“We will apologise to all students who received a form today and explain why we believe it was inappropriate to use. We have also emailed parents to apologise.”
He added: “Hugh Christie takes issues concerning the mental health and wellbeing of its students very seriously.
“Therefore, we have launched an internal investigation as to why and how this happened.”
The form caused outrage on social media platforms after it was tweeted by Lucy Hall, an aunt of one of the students.
She said: “My nephew’s school just sent them home with this – school is hard enough when you are 14 to create awards over best looking boy and girl. Shocking. @HughChristieSch why would you let this happen? Parents are appalled by this.”