Shropshire

Pupils expelled in drugs probe at Adams' Grammar School

Two pupils at a Shropshire grammar school have been expelled and five suspended as part of an investigation into drug use at the school.

Officials at Adams' Grammar School, in Newport, said a number of pupils from years 10 to 12 admitted to being involved with an illegal substance.

Headmaster Michael Barratt wrote to parents stating an investigation started on Monday.

The matter has been passed to West Mercia Police, the school said.

In the letter, Mr Barratt said the school decided to act after recently learning that certain pupils were using and trading illegal substances.

Several pupils were interviewed "followed by careful consideration of what we had found", the letter said.

A number of pupils at the school, from years 10-12, admitted to being involved with an illegal substance.

"The different degrees of involvement have led to varying levels of severity in our sanctions, ranging from a warning letter home, through to permanent exclusion from the school," Mr Barratt said in the letter.

"We have taken these actions to protect our pupils because the welfare of pupils is our priority.

"Furthermore, for some, the legal situation is such that we have handed the next stage, beyond school sanctions, to the police."

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