Pupils ‘took ecstasy’ on Warriner School sports day - parents alerted

The Warriner School, Bloxham,  hosts CDCs Holiday Hubs
The Warriner School, Bloxham, hosts CDCs Holiday Hubs

A headteacher has alerted parents after two pupils were excluded for allegedly taking ecstasy in school.

Dr Annabel Kay, head of The Warriner School, said no concrete evidence has been found to prove the girls had taken the drug but police were brought in after other pupils reported the students for taking ecstasy in the toilets on sports day.

It is understood the girls concerned were in their early to mid teens.

Dr Kay said it was believed the drug had been obtained at Adderbury festival - the Party in the Park. And she said a range of drugs was readily available at other places including Spiceball Park.

“Our investigation and that of the police have come up with nothing so we can’t categorically say (the drug taking) happened. It was reported by students who were concerned about the girls,” said Dr Kay.

“There was no clarity about what had happened so we handed it to the police. They have interviewed one girl and are yet to interview a second.

“The students are out of school while we investigate,” she said. “I will not tolerate any students who think they can bring drugs to school and they know they may be permanently excluded if they do.

“I do not know if these pupils will be back next term.

“We have asked the police to conclude their investigation as soon as possible but they work at their own pace.”

Dr Kay said the festival season means drugs are easy to buy but they are also readily available in other places ‘over the weekend’.

“We do, and will continue to, give as much drugs education as we can. We push the whole safeguarding agenda as hard as possible. We educate about child sexual exploitationand our children are ambassadors for anti-bullying.”

PE and economics teacher Tim Jordan said: “Children think they are invincible about so many things - drugs, eating, smoking and they think it’s not going to affect them - it’s something they’ll deal with later on.”

The news of drugs tragedies is ‘always about someone else’, he said.

Dr Kay said: “We want to make parents aware. They sometimes think it’s ‘not my child’ but the risks can happen to any child.

“There are so many pressures on children these days.

“We have 98 per cent email contact with parents and we do keep them informed as much as possible.

“We’ve invested heavily in non teaching staff to give students support on mental health issues, family breakdown and anything that might be preventing their progress at school. And we have a lot of volunteer mentors in to talk to children about a lot of issues. Drugs are part of our Personal Health and Self Education programme; it’s more important than exams.”

She said the school makes use of the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), set up in the wake of the Bullfinch inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Oxford,

And Dr Kay said vulnerable children’s families are kept in touch over holidays.

“School is the safest place for children,” she said.