At St. Ebbe’s School, a drug is defined as ‘a substance people take to change the way they feel, think or behave’. This definition includes illegal substances and also legal substances such as alcohol and tobacco, volatile substances, over the counter and prescription medicines. (Drugs: Guidance for Schools, DFES February 2004).
Our philosophy is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which all pupils are encouraged to develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding about drugs and appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Drugs Education at St. Ebbe’s School takes account of pupils’ views and experience so that it is both appropriate to their age and ability, and relevant to their particular circumstances.
In writing this policy, we have taken account of the general requirement in the Education Reform Act 1988: It helps prepare children for “the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.” It is acknowledged that our school plays an important role in tackling drugs misuse by providing drugs education and pastoral support to all pupils. It is our aim to help all pupils to be able to take their place safely in our society where a wide range of drugs exists. We recognise that some drugs have beneficial effects, but also that every drug has potential for harm. For this reason, all drugs need appropriate and responsible care and management. In order to be able to make informed choices, staff and pupils need to understand the nature of drugs, their social and legal status, their uses and effects.
Read the full policy here