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One Campbeltown Grammar School pupil was expelled in 2018/2019 – for assaulting a member of staff with an improvised weapon.
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the council revealed that fire-raising and malicious communications against staff were some of the other reasons for pupils being excluded from Argyll and Bute’s secondary schools during that time.
Two youngsters, one from Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh and the other from Dunoon Grammar School, were banned from the classroom for fire-raising. No other exclusions for fire-raising took place in at least the previous three academic years, the council’s data has confirmed.
The council also stated in its FoI response that three pupils in Argyll and Bute were excluded for malicious communications against staff – two were pupils at Oban High and one at Lochgilphead High – while two pupils – one from Dunoon Grammar and one from Oban High – were banned for assault using a weapon against a pupil.
In total, eight pupils across the last four school years have been excluded for using weapons, actual or improvised, against either pupils or staff.
A total of 649 temporary or permanent 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, with Hermitage Academy, the area’s largest secondary, accounting for 91 of those.
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘We do not comment on individual cases, however we take the well-being of pupils, teachers and all school staff very seriously.
‘It should be noted that we have hardworking staff and pupils who, together, achieve often award-winning success.’