Pupil ex­pelled for sup­ply­ing cannabis at high school

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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

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