Ifield Community College calls in police to remove teen 'obsessed with revising'
A SCHOOL called in police to remove a student who was attempting to revise for an exam.
Jamie Gagliardi had been barred from entering Ifield Community College last Thursday after a dispute over revision sessions.
The 18-year-old defied the ban, protesting that he had nowhere else to study and was desperate to do well in his A levels.
But the school has accused him of being "obsessed" with after-school tuition and added that police help was sought because he was causing a "nuisance".
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The teenager had requested extra revision sessions ahead of a psychology exam, which he sat on Monday, but was told the relevant teacher wasn't available to run them.
Mr Gagliardi claims he was expelled after interrupting the head teacher during a meeting last Wednesday to raise his concerns.
However, the school says he was only banned for one day.
When he entered the school on Thursday to use the library's computers, police were called to remove him.
Mr Gagliardi, from Furnace Green, wasn't charged with anything but was told to call his mum to get her to pick him up.
"I have been punished for wanting to do well," he said.
"I am a hard-working and dedicated student, and this could have such an impact on my future.
"The college has overreacted in what is probably the most important week of my school life.
"I have told teachers many times that I do not have a computer at home so would not be able to work at home."
Marilyn Evans, the school's director of administration, said the teenager was given extra revision sessions during the recent half term.
She added: "He became vociferous and irritated that he couldn't have after-school revision. The teacher has already given up her time to give extra revision in half term and during the school day, when she was meant to have free time.
"On Thursday he was causing a nuisance and a disturbance on the premises. He is obsessed with doing after-school revision."
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were called at 8.45am to remove a "disruptive" pupil who was refusing to leave the premises.
Mr Gagliardi played the News a recording on his phone, which he says was made when he interrupted the head teacher's meeting.
People can be heard shouting at him to leave the room.
The student is heard labelling staff as "incompetent" and adding that all he wants "is to be heard".
Given that he is predicted to be an A-grade student, Mr Gagliardi believes the school itself would have benefited from allowing him to study on campus.
He added: "I have been excluded before for one day when I questioned a teacher's ability.
"I was not happy with a grade that I got and even marked the paper myself according to the marking scheme and got a better grade. They have tried to repress my voice."
Mrs Evans said that the teenager was a very bright boy who should do very well in his exams.
She added: "He probably feels that without those extra sessions he won't get the grade he wants, but he will. He is a top student."