Alcohol and Smoking Policy

Perry Court E-ACT Academy

Alcohol & Smoking Policy

Department Owner

Operations (National)

Section Owner

Education

Approver

E-ACT Education & Personnel Committee

Date Approved

July 2015

Review Date

July 2018

 


1                 Introduction

1.1  Scope:  This policy has been authorised by the Trustees and is available to parents and pupils on request.  The policy relates to possession and consumption of alcohol and tobacco and applies to all pupils in all E-ACT Academies irrespective of their age.  The policy may also apply at times when a pupil is not in the care of the Academy.  The procedures and sanctions may be adapted as appropriate to meet the policy aims and the circumstances of each case.  Certain of the procedures can only be carried out during term time.  This policy has been informed by the DfE and ACPO drug advice for schools: September 2012

1.2  This policy can be made available in large print or other accessible format if required.

1.3  Alcohol:  means intoxicating liquor of all descriptions (including beer, cider, wine and spirits) and this policy covers obtaining, consuming, and supplying alcohol.

1.4  Smoking:  means the use of tobacco products and paraphernalia including cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

2       Policy

2.1  Aims:  The central aims of this policy are:

·                  to promote safety, welfare and good physical and mental health;

·                  to promote a mature and moderate approach to the use of alcohol;

·                  to reduce the risk of alcohol-induced misconduct in and out of the Academy;

·                  to prevent smoking inside and outside the Academy.

2.2  This policy will be driven by means of education, pastoral care, academy rules, detection of unauthorised use of alcohol, detection of smoking and a behaviour and discipline policy.  This policy should be read with the School's Drugs and substances policy, which covers the use of illegal drugs, and substances.

2.3  Education:  We educate pupils to understand the effect and risks associated with alcohol and tobacco, in relation to their health and well-being and the law.  We educate by means of personal development courses and by example and by discussion.

2.4  Pastoral care:  We encourage pupils to discuss in confidence any anxieties they may have about use of alcohol or tobacco with a member of staff or the academy counsellor.  Matters brought into counselling by a pupil or his / her parents, in circumstances which are genuine, will be "ring-fenced" from disciplinary sanctions or adverse report, but a pupil who contravenes this policy will face disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the Academy's behaviour policy.

2.5  Academy rules:  The rules forbid a pupil from:

·                  smoking inside or outside the Academy;

·                  bringing alcohol onto academy premises or being in unsupervised possession of alcohol or obtaining or supplying alcohol to another, or being impaired by alcohol while on academy premises or in the care of the Academy;

·                  bringing the Academy into disrepute for any reason associated with alcohol or tobacco, whether or not the pupil is in the care of the Academy at the time.  Action will be taken when the welfare of any member of the Academy community or the reputation of the Academy is affected.

2.6  Detection:  Every complaint, report, or observation in relation to alcohol or tobacco will be followed up and investigated.  In relation to alcohol, a pupil may be asked to give a sample of breath and / or a urine sample in accordance with the procedures set out below.

2.7  Sanctions:  For a minor breach of this policy, the normal sanction is detention.  For a serious breach or persistent minor breaches, a pupil may be made subject to a fixed term or permanent exclusion.

3       Testing for alcohol

3.1  Breath test:  A pupil suspected of unauthorised consumption of alcohol may be asked to give a sample of his / her breath by blowing into a breathalyser.  The reason for this policy is:

·                  to deter breaches of academy discipline;

·                  to encourage pupils to be truthful when under suspicion;

·                  to absolve those who have been wrongly suspected.

3.2  Reason to suspect alcohol consumption may arise as a result of information or a complaint received or because of a pupil's behaviour or demeanour.

3.3  Method of use:  Only members of staff who have received training will be authorised to administer the breathalyser.  In general, they will be members of the Senior Leadership Team.

3.4  Informed consent:  The relevant consent to a breath test is that of the pupil rather than the parents, even if the pupil is under 16 years of age, provided he / she is of sufficient maturity and understanding and gives his / her informed consent in writing.  Parents will normally be notified only if the breath test has proved positive.

3.5  Refusal:  If a pupil refuses to provide a sample of breath:

·                  he / she will be asked to say why he / she has refused.  The Academy will be entitled to draw inferences from  his / her response and general demeanour;

·                  the pupil may be asked to supply, under medical supervision, a urine sample for analysis in accordance with the drug testing procedures.  Again, the Academy will be entitled to draw inferences from his / her refusal.

3.6  Record:  A written record will be kept when a pupil is asked to take a test and its outcome will be recorded. 

4       Subsequent action

4.1  Procedure:  The Academy will treat a positive test, although not infallible, as evidence that the pupil has consumed alcohol.  The following procedure will apply:

·                  the pupil will be asked to give his / her explanation;

·                  if the pupil has refused a test or denies alcohol consumption after a positive test and refuses to give a urine sample, his / her parents will be informed and a meeting will be arranged with the Head Teacher or, in his / her absence, the Deputy Head Teacher.  The pupil may be accompanied by his / her parents or by a member of the Academy staff chosen by him / her to assist him / her;

·                  all relevant evidence, including a positive test result, will be put to the pupil and he / she will be invited to respond;

·                  his / her response will be heard and considered and further enquiries will be made if necessary;

·                  the Head Teacher will make a finding of fact based on the evidence and supported by reasons.

4.2  Sanction:  If the Head Teacher's decision after considering all the material evidence is that the pupil has consumed alcohol, the Head Teacher will outline the range of sanctions he / she is considering and will then, or at a later meeting if requested, hear mitigating circumstances and consider the pupil's academic and disciplinary record and the extent to which he / she has co-operated, before deciding on the sanction.

4.3  Review:  If the pupil is made subject to a fixed term or permanent exclusion, this will be conducted in accordance with the Academy's Exclusions policy.

5       Smoking

5.1  Disciplinary procedures:  A pupil who is caught smoking, suspected of smoking, in possession of tobacco or smoking paraphernalia will be subject to the Academy's disciplinary procedures.

6       Monitoring

6.1  This policy will be reviewed:

·                  following any serious incident involving pupils and alcohol / tobacco;

·                  following the issue of any new guidance from the Department for Education (DfE);

·                  in any event, every three years.

 

 

Summary policy on alcohol

Policy on alcohol

  1. Pupils may not bring alcohol, for example, beer, cider, wine or spirits, into School, or be in unsupervised possession of it or obtain it or supply it to another, or be impaired by alcohol while on School premises or in the care of the School.

  2. Pupils may not bring the School into disrepute for any reason associated with alcohol, whether or not the pupil is in the care of the School at the time.  Action will be taken when the welfare of any member of the School community or the reputation of the School is affected.

  3. Public houses and off licences are out of bounds to all boarders when in the care of the School.  Day pupils must not visit public houses or off licences on the way to or from the School.

  4. A pupil suspected of having consumed alcohol may be asked to provide a sample of breath by blowing into a breathalyser.  If he / she refuses to give a sample of breath, he / she may be asked to provide a urine sample under medical supervision.  Inferences may be drawn from a pupil's refusal to co-operate with these procedures.

  5. A range of disciplinary sanctions applies to pupils who act in breach of the School's policy on alcohol.  The possible sanctions include detention, suspension and expulsion.

Summary policy on smoking

Policy on smoking

  1. Pupils are not permitted to smoke or be in possession of tobacco or smoking paraphernalia anywhere in or around the School grounds.

  2. Pupils may not bring the School into disrepute for any reason associated with tobacco, whether or not the pupil is in the care of the School at the time.

  3. A range of disciplinary sanctions applies to pupils who act in breach of the School's policy on smoking.  The possible sanctions include detention, suspension and expulsion.

 

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