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Drug Testing

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools have practised random drug testing; over what periods of time such testing has been carried out in each case; and what the GCSE results were for each such school in each of the last five years. (113103)

Schools do not have to inform the Department if they wish to introduce random drug testing for pupils. However, we are aware of three maintained schools which have tested pupils for drugs: The Abbey School, Kent, The National School, Nottinghamshire, and Colne Community School, Essex. We understand that the Abbey School was the first to introduce drug testing in the spring term of 2005.

The proportion of 15-year-olds achieving 5+A*-C over the last five years, for which data is available, is given in the following table.

Percentage

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

The Abbey School, Faversham, Kent

26

26

32

25

40

Colne Community School, Brightlingsea, Essex

50

55

62

59

50

The National School, Huknall, Nottinghamshire.

61

56

53

57

60