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Canon Lee School pupil caught with cannabis as Ofsted inspection was starting
STAFF at a York school confiscated cannabis from a pupil and called in police – just as an Ofsted inspection was about to start.
Christine Holbrey, head teacher of Canon Lee School, said yesterday that the incident was being investigated and the school had a zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal substances.
North Yorkshire Police said officers attended the specialist arts college in Clifton on Tuesday and seized a small amount of cannabis, which had been confiscated from a pupil the previous day. “Inquiries into the incident are ongoing,” he added.
Mrs Holbrey, who took over at Canon Lee last September, said it had had two drug related incidents during her headship.
She said: “The first incident saw a student being permanently excluded and this one is currently being investigated.
“Unfortunately drugs are prevalent in today’s society, but we adopt a zero-tolerance to illegal substances within our school.
“We are satisfied that our internal procedures enabled, on both occasions, for the situations to be dealt with promptly and efficiently.”
A two-day inspection of the school by Ofsted started on Tuesday, the day after the drug was confiscated from the pupil, who is understood to be male but whose age has not been disclosed.
Mrs Holbrey told The Press last September she was aiming to improve the school and bring its Ofsted rating back up from satisfactory to good and in the direction of the top grade of outstanding.
A concerned parent who alerted The Press to the drug seizure claimed that at about 2.30pm, two officers had arrived and a senior member of staff had come through, spoken to the police and handed them ‘quite a large quantity’ of drugs wrapped in plastic bags.
The parent claimed: “It looked like cannabis, green, leafy stuff. When the school bell went, the police car was parked in front of the exit.
“When the drugs were handed to the police officer, they even turned round and said ‘oh my God, that’s a large amount’, and asked if staff wanted them to deal with the pupil.”