THE news a school in Winsford was not inviting more than 80 students to its Year 11 Prom has caused much debate on social media.

Parents have strongly condemned Winsford Academy after it told dozens of teenagers, they wouldn’t be able to attend the event in June.

However, Gary Evans, the principal of the school, has defended the decision, saying the criteria to be invited had been known by both parents and students for several months.

After posting the story on our Facebook page, plenty of you shared your thoughts on the decision, including Keeley, who accused the school of a lack of inclusivity.

She posted: “Shame on the whole school, children are leaving school, it’s a celebration.

“Why are some being deprived? How is leaving out some children showing others about fairness and equality?”

Joanne Johnson commented: “If they are not excluded/suspended from school then they should be allowed to go to their prom to have closure on their chapter of high school.

“Proms are not supposed to be an award, but a way to finalise their high school life in celebration.”

Jordan Smith posted: “Mental health is the biggest killer and children are those who've suffered most in the last two years.

“We're also going through one of the most financially stressful times in our lives and to do this to parents in a town with some of the highest deprivation levels in England is quite astonishing.”

Claire Rawlinson, meanwhile, suggested that all students should boycott the prom, posting: “I think all kids should boycott and the parents arrange it themselves.

“That way no-one gets left out.”

Sarah Fox said: “A prom 'Passport' - social credit score for kids?”

Some of you agreed with the stance of the school however, including Carl Lofthouse, who said he supported the decision.

“If they aren't showing up to school/classes, not engaging in lessons, bring disruptive etc, why should they go?

“This 'it’s not fair' stuff needs to stop, there's consequences to actions, and people were made aware well in advance.

“A bit of self-responsibility needs to take place.”

Ade Whitehead agreed, posting: “Why should kids who miss school for no reason whatsoever be allowed to have the same treats?"

Hannah Maguire suggested there are more important things to be worried about, such as GCSEs which began this week for some students.