It has been claimed that A-level students from a top private school in Cornwall bought drugs after sneaking out on a field trip.
Pirate FM understands a group of teenagers from Truro School broke curfew in Tenerife just before Christmas and went to a bar. The head teacher has confirmed punishments have been handed down and he insists that they take a hard-line approach to drugs.
Andrew Gordon-Brown, Headmaster of Truro School commented: "I can confirm that on our annual A Level Upper Sixth Geology coursework trip to Tenerife before Christmas an incident occurred involving some of the participating students.
"All students and parents were aware of the rules
in place to ensure that this field trip could take place safely and had signed up to the terms and conditions of the trip.
"To be able to successfully run the many trips and tours we offer our students requires a high level of trust. As a school community we all benefit from this atmosphere.
"I therefore take very seriously indeed the loss of this trust and the breaking of school rules and have issued sanctions that are fair, proportionate and consistent, particularly in relation to the hard-line approach we take to drugs."
Pirate FM has seen a letter sent out to parents.
In it Mr Gordon-Brown said: "The teachers who oversaw the trip are to be commended for the excellent care that they provided the students and for investigating the misdemeanours quickly and thoroughly."
The school's 'drugs and substance misuse policy' concerns all potentially harmful substances such as tobacco
products, e-cigarettes and vaping products, alcohol
and other drugs (eg 'legal highs' and illegal drugs).
The policy has three objectives:
to ensure that pupils are properly educated about the effects on the mind and body and the criminal implications of using and possessing different categories of drugs;
to make clear to all pupils and their parents the school's definition of unacceptable drugs and the school's likely disciplinary reactions to drug
use by its pupils;
where necessary, to ensure that further medical guidance and monitoring is provided after transgressions occur.
You can find out more about the school's drugs policy here [pdf attached, below].
The fee for full-board students at Truro School is £25,000 per school year and £13,215 for day pupils in Cornwall.
Piratefm.uk/Jan. 6, 2017
*attached pdf: Drugs and Substance Misuse Policy–Senior School