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Monday, 18 November, 2002, 19:03 GMT
School expels 90 pupils
Pupils smoking
A lot of pupils have been excluded for smoking
A pioneering school has excluded more than 90 pupils since it opened its doors two months ago, it has emerged.

All Saints College, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, opened on 12 September after being set up to replace four failing schools.

Since then some three pupils have been given exclusion orders each as part of a "zero tolerance" crackdown.

Headteacher James Colquhoun, who was appointed to the 76,000-a-year post, said 117 orders had been served in total - with some pupils being excluded up to four times.


We are simply not going to respond with a tap on the knuckles or turn a blind eye

Headteacher James Colquhoun

He said the school had "set out to mean business".

The school, run in an unique partnership between Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and the Church of England, caters for 900 pupils.

It opened after a 6m revamp on the site of West Denton High to replace Firfield College in Blakelaw, Denton Park and Chevyside Middle schools in West Denton.

Mr Colquhoun told BBC Radio Newcastle: "I think we need to keep it in perspective.

"Something like 90 pupils have been excluded, the vast majority for two or three days.

"That figure is something like one out of every 12 pupils - in other words, 11 out of 12 have not been excluded."

Mr Colquhoun said the pupils had been punished for a "wide variety" of misdemeanours, especially smoking.

'Positive start'

"All students know we are an anti-smoking establishment and anyone who deliberately goes out of their way to smoke, has to face the consequences."

Mr Colquhoun added: "We are simply not going to respond with a tap on the knuckles or turn a blind eye... what we are trying to say is that when we say something we mean it."

A statement from Newcastle City Council said: "The college has issued 117 fixed-term exclusions since it opened in September, of which 108 were for one to five days and nine for more than five days.

"The response and consensus of the overwhelming majority of students has been nothing less than fantastic since the college opened.

"The school has been resolute in its commitment to starting in a positive way, and will not accept behaviour which is detrimental to children's learning.

"However, we would not expect these numbers of fixed-term exclusions to continue."


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