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Oban High pupil excluded for using weapon in attack; SCHOOLS.

Byline: ANDREW GALLOWAY

A pupil was excluded from Oban High School for using a weapon in an assault against a fellow pupil.

A freedom of information (FOI) request to Argyll and Bute Council revealed that 48 temporary or permanent exclusions took place at the school last year.

One of them was for an assault with no weapon against a member of staff, while two were handed out for malicious communications against staff.

Oban High's tally of 48 was the highest in the area's 10 secondary schools last year, and a 60% increase on its 2017-18 total of 30.

That in itself was a rise on the 23 exclusions in 2016-17, and 28 in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, Tiree High School had three exclusions last year - two for physical assault with no weapon against a pupil, and one for verbal abuse of staff.

This was a slight increase on the last two years, with two recorded in 2017-18 and none handed out the year before. There were three in 2015-16.

Tobermory High School has a completely clean slate for the third year in a row, with the four exclusions dealt out in 2015-16 still the last recorded there.

A total of 649 exclusions have taken place across the 10 secondary schools in Argyll and Bute since the start of the 2015-16 academic year, the FOI request revealed.

Oban High accounted for 129 of these, Tiree High School eight and Tobermory High School four.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: "We do not comment on individual cases, however we take the wellbeing of pupils, teachers and all school staff very seriously.

"It should be noted that we have hardworking staff and pupils who, together, achieve often awardwinning success." Physical assault with no weapon against a pupil was the most prevalent exclusion offence at Oban High in 2018-19, responsible for 25% of classroom bans dealt out.

Ten pupils were excluded for verbal abuse of staff, while six were kicked out for general or persistent disobedience.

Seven further exclusions were awarded for undefined offences listed as "other" in the FOI data.

The response from the council also revealed that as well as the two from Oban High, a pupil from Lochgilphead High School was excluded last year for malicious communications against staff.

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 23, 2019
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