A head teacher has defended his school's sexual health policy after admitting it handed out hundreds of morning-after pills to teenage girls.
The school surgery handles health issues including contraception
In the past four years Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College in Leicestershire has given out 345 pills.
The figure is believed to be the highest number in the country.
It attracted criticism from pressure group Family and Youth Concern, which said schools should teach abstinence and not offer pupils contraceptives.
The comprehensive offers pupils a five-day-a-week surgery staffed by a doctor and nurses which addresses a range of health concerns.
Head teacher Eddie de Middelaer said: "It's not just for sexual health, it's for far more than that.
"We are a very large mixed comprehensive. At any one time we can have up to 700 girls here who are over 16.
"When you compare us with other schools I imagine we are one of a very few that have a five-day service.
"I still think the service is in the best interests of the students."
In a statement, the school said: "The decision to provide health advice in school, and the scope of the service, was decided by the school governing body, in consultation with parents, teachers and pupils an in liaison with the Primary Care Trust."
It added that pupils are given the knowledge and skills to make positive, informed choices about all aspects of growing up.
But Norman Wells, of Family and Youth Concern, said: "Making contraception and the morning-after pill available to under-16s undermines the law on the age of consent and sends out the message that there is nothing wrong with underage sex."
Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College is currently one of the largest comprehensive schools nationally, with almost 2,000 students aged 14 to 19.
Nearly 800 of these are sixth formers.