School tells 17-year-old: Stop riding in or we’ll expel you

By Steve Farrell -

General news

 27 April 2012 10:39

A school has threatened to expel a 17-year-old if he carries on travelling in by motorcycle.

Jack Deeley has twice been sent home from school for arriving on his Aprilia RS125.

The Windsor High School and Sixth Form College says students are not allowed to travel by ‘motorised vehicle of any kind’ but Jack says other students park cars outside every day.

Teachers last week told the sixth-form pupil he would be permanently excluded unless he left his Aprilia at home.

He plans to transfer at the end of the academic year but in the meantime is forced to travel by other means. 

The school, in Halesowen, West Midlands, said: ‘It has always been the case that Windsor students are not allowed to travel to school on a motorised vehicle of any kind.

'With the addition of the sixth-form the school reaffirmed this position to parents, students and our local community.

‘We place a high priority on making travel to and from school as safe as possible for all our students without creating additional traffic. It is also right to honour our commitments made to parents and the local community and it would be wrong to make an exception for any one individual.’

The school would not clarify whether the motorised vehicle policy applied to buses or parents dropping off children in cars.

Lorraine Gaskell, PA to head teacher Keith Sorrell, said: ‘At this point, no further comment will be possible.’

Jack, from Halesowen, said: “For six months I was riding in but one day I parked the bike legally on the road where it was visible from the school and they made a big deal about it. Now they’ve said if I continue to go there by bike I will be excluded.

“I know loads of students who park cars right outside the gates. One has a personalised number plate.

“People drop kids off, people drive there. I think I’m just being singled out because the motorcycle is more noticeable. I pay my road tax so I can’t really see where the school is coming from.”