John Gray High School’s new principal Jonathan Clark says he is not a fan of expelling students.
In the past five years, nearly 3,000 students were temporarily excluded from John Gray and Clifton Hunter High Schools. Mr. Clark says permanent exclusions can set students down the wrong path in life.
Mr Clark said, “Without a doubt in the UK, if you are permanently excluded from school, all the statistics say you are likely to end up in prison.” He added, “I want to make it absolutely clear if a student was to bring a weapon or to bring drugs in to school, we don’t want them here. We don’t want them here until they decide that they are going to comply with the rules here, because my priority is to protect students in the school.”
Mr. Clark says he would prefer to see more early intervention, as early as primary schools, to prevent the need for expulsions later in high school.