School head in drug alert

The new Head of Montgomery School in Bispham Simon Brennand
The new Head of Montgomery School in Bispham Simon Brennand
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“DRUGS will not be tolerated at our school.”

That was the message from Montgomery High School headteacher Simon Brennand after a pupil was found in possession of cannabis on school grounds.

The Gazette understands the 15-year-old girl was found with the drug at the school on All Hallows Road in Bispham last Monday.

Mr Brennand said: “We have dealt with a serious incident where a student carried a small amount of cannabis into school from home.

“This was immediately identified by senior staff and the necessary disciplinary and other action, including involvement with the police, was taken.

“I’m pleased to report no students were placed at risk and I’m unable to comment further in regard the individual student involved.”

Letters were sent out to parents at the school to inform them of the incident and offer reassurance.

Mr Brennand added: “I wish to reassure all parents and the school community the safety, health and well being of Montgomery students is our highest priority.

“The prompt and decisive action is designed to prevent any recurrence.

“We remain vigilant and continue to retain our firm and clear stance on this matter.

“Illegal drugs have no place in school and we train our full commitment to effective drug education.

“I have written to all parents to reflect this and the actions outlines above.”

Police were informed of the incident and the local community beat manager is planning to visit the pupil’s parents.

Earlier this year, police were called to Stanley Primary in Marton after two pupils – aged just eight – were found with drugs.

Teachers made the shocking discovery on March 17 after two Year Three boys were seen showing packets of cannabis to their friends.

Letters were sent out to stunned parents and the two pupils were handed Youth Referral Orders which means they will be monitored by police.

Headteacher Craig England said at the time: ““Myself and all the staff at the school are completely stunned by this incident, it’s not something that has ever happened at Stanley Primary School before and I hope it’s nothing I will ever have to deal with again.”