TEACHERS have been handed an ‘F’ by parents after asking year nine pupils to vote for their best-looking classmates in end-of-year awards.
Youngsters at Hugh Christie School in Tonbridge, Kent, were also invited to nominate the ‘biggest poser’ and ‘biggest strop’ in a questionnaire.
Winners of the categories, including best-looking boy, best-looking girl, best couple and biggest ego, were to have been revealed as part of celebrations at the end of term next month.
But senior staff have pulled the plug after mums and dads complained the contest would reinforce the belief that looks were more important than positive character traits.
There was also concern that pupils singled out in categories such as ‘most irritating habit’ would be upset. Lucy Hall, of Maidstone, Kent, said: ‘My sister, who has a child at the school, is very concerned and so are many other parents. She said many pupils refused to take part. Children’s mental health issues are well publicised these days. So for a school to do something so inappropriate is unbelievable.’
Commenting on Twitter, Chelsea Groome wrote: ‘That’s horrendous!’
Emily Walsh added: ‘Best couple?! They’re 13/14!! How weird!’
The school, whose former pupils include Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes, apologised unreservedly and said an internal investigation was being held.
‘As soon as senior leaders were made aware, the form was withdrawn and replaced with one that correctly reflects the school’s ethos,’ said executive principal Jon Barker.