Pupil expelled for supplying cannabis at high school
ASTUDENT has been expelled from a secondary school after being caught supplying drugs to another pupil.
The incident at Poynton High School, which involved cannabis, was revealed to education watchdog Ofsted during a recent inspection.
It will come as a blow to the school which has been trying to recover after a shock drop from ‘outstanding’ to ‘needing improvement’ following an inspection in January 2014.
In the latest monitoring visit, Ofsted inspector David Selby said: “(Students) confirmed that there had been a recent incident when a very small number of students had illegal drugs in school.
“They indicated that this was an isolated incident. They further knew that it had been firmly dealt with by senior leaders.
“The school’s records confirm that leaders had taken robust and decisive action. I saw no evidence of other possession or use of such substances by students in school. Students are aware of the use of drugs by members of the wider local community.”
Headteacher David Waugh said that the incident involved one student giving another ‘a very small amount of cannabis’ and resulted in one child being expelled and another suspended.
He said: “The student who had brought the
cannabis into school was permanently excluded and we have worked alongside all wider agencies – police, the school’s safeguarding team and Cheshire East Council in dealing with this.
“This is such a rare event for Poynton High School but my actions and those of my team were robust, decisive and ultimately we have supported the student to access education in another school to make a fresh start.”
The claims follow allegations made by the mother of a teenage boy who alleged that her son was dealt class A drugs at the school.
Gaynor Dyos-Acton made the controversial claim at her son Tom’s inquest in March last year.
Responding to the alle- gations, Mr Waugh said: “There was nothing in the coroner’s report that suggested any evidence to base Gaynor Dyos-Acton’s claims on.
“The school is doing many things focussing on welfare including opening a Teenage Emotional Health and Wellbeing Centre in September. We have an enhanced PHSCE programme and now have student development days focussing on mental health and drugs education among other things.
“We have revamped the entire welfare system, this is not in response to Gaynor Dio Acton’s claims but as an evolution.”
The revelation also comes weeks after a former maths teacher at the school was struck off after admitting holding her husband’s drug money.
Fatimah Ahmed, 31, of Cedar Road in Stockport, was given a two-year suspended sentence after admitting concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property She was suspended from Poynton High when the allegations first emerged and later resigned. Now she has been banned from the teaching ‘indefinitely’ following a conduct hearing.
For more on the school’s recent Ofsted report turn to page 37.
●● One student has been excluded and another suspended over the incident at Poynton High School
●● Headteacher David Waugh