Introduction Drug misuse is a threat to
individuals, families and the wider community.
GDST recognises the role that schools have to play in helping to prevent
the misuse of drugs, including alcohol. In our schools we have a
responsibility to provide an effective programme of drug education, and to take
steps to promote the health, safety and well-being of our pupils. Involvement with Drugs and alcohol can
be so damaging that regardless of where drug-related incidents take place, it
may be that a detrimental impact will be felt within the school community.
Scope This policy applies to pupils at all
times on school premises, and in school related activities including sporting
events, educational visits, and clubs.
It also applies when pupils are identifiable e.g. travelling to and from
school, in the vicinity of the school, and otherwise in school uniform. This policy may also apply entirely
outside of the school context, where it is likely that there will be an impact
on the welfare of members of the school community, or on the ethos of the
To create an environment which engenders
safety and well-being for all members of the GDST school community;
Through education to enable our young people
to make informed, healthy choices by understanding the nature of drugs, their
social and legal status, the implications of committing a criminal offence, and
the potential harm to both the individual and society as a whole;
To give pupils an opportunity to debate the
issues concerning their use and abuse through the curriculum, PHSE and, where
appropriate, visits by outside speakers;
To provide clear procedures and guidance to
support school staff in dealing with any drug-related incidents;
To keep drugs out of GDST schools and prevent
drug (including alcohol) misuse by means of education, detection of those
involved with drugs, the imposition of strong disciplinary sanctions, coupled
with the provision of appropriate support and pastoral care;
To encourage an environment in which pupils
feel able to discuss anxieties relating to drugs, able to make disclosures and
seek help, and in which information is provided to pupils to ensure they are
aware of available sources of support;
To ensure a recognition that drug-related
issues may also involve safeguarding concerns, and appropriate safeguarding
procedures will be followed; and
To work in partnership with parents, the school community and other agencies, including the police, in relation to the above aims.
defined by the Department for Education (DfE) as:
illegal drugs (those controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971);
legal drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances (those giving
off a gas or vapour which can be inhaled), ketamine, khat and alkyl
nitrites (known as poppers); and
over-the-counter and prescription medicines.
highs: New psychoactive substances (NPS) or ‘legal highs’ are
substances designed to mimic the effect of illegal drugs but are structurally
different to avoid being classified as illegal substances. For the avoidance of
doubt GDST recognises legal highs as drugs.
incident: Any issue relating to drugs being (or potentially being) used,
bought, sold, distributed, promoted, or held, either on or off school premises,
including any disclosure, suspicion or allegation relating to drugs.
Alcohol Sixth form pupils may be permitted to
drink small quantities of alcohol at certain school events and on school trips.
This would be under the supervision of staff. Drinking to excess will not be
permitted or tolerated. Staff are reminded that they are responsible for
Over-the-counter and prescription medicines Where a pupil has medicine for a
legitimate medical purpose, the GDST Administration of Medicines Protocol must
be followed, together with the relevant school's procedures relating to the
administration of medicines.
Disciplinary Sanctions Drug related incidents will be dealt
with by schools in accordance with the GDST exclusions policy. Anyone involved in the supply or distribution of drugs on or
off school grounds should expect to be permanently excluded. Anyone using or in possessionof
drugs on or off school grounds should expect to be excluded in some form. Any suspected criminal offence is likely to be
referred to the police. There may be exceptional circumstances
in which the normal disciplinary sanctions would not be appropriate.
Searching pupils for drugs, alcohol and tobacco Any member of school staff can, in
appropriate circumstances, search pupils for anyitemwith their consent. Heads and authorised staff are
entitled to carry out searches of pupils and their property (including bags,
pockets, desks and lockers) without
consent, where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting the pupil may
have a prohibited item. Prohibited itemsare:
knives or weapons
tobacco and cigarette papers
any article that the member of staff reasonably suspects has been, or is likely to be, used to commit an offence, or to cause personal injury to, or damage to the property of, any person (including the pupil)
any item banned by the school rules which has been identified in the rules as an item which may be searched for.
Prohibited items may be confiscated,
disposed of, or handed to the police.
Drug testing Random drugs testing (in accordance with the GDST Drug Testing Protocol for Pupils), may be put in place in exceptional circumstances.
Linked Policies This policy should be read in conjunction with GDST and school policies relating to:
Schools’ own policies on drugs,
alcohol and tobacco