At Ringwood School we have joined forces with 12 other local schools to form a new partnership called Hampshire Safe to educate and protect our young people from the harm of drugs.
We believe that by working together we can collectively not only raise awareness of the impact of substance misuse but also put measures in place to stop it from happening at our schools and colleges.
Over the next few weeks and months we shall be working with students to raise further their awareness of the impact of substance misuse. We will also be offering parents/carers the opportunity to receive up-to-date information, using resources approved by Hampshire Police. Please visit https://www.safe4me.co.uk/ as a starting point for more information and resources.
As part of this anti-drug strategy, drug detection dogs will periodically be deployed with no notice in local secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units to ensure our premises are drugs free. We wish to reassure you that the dogs will be deployed to search a whole building and not individuals. However, during their search the dogs may detect drugs on students or in property belonging to students. Should that happen, anyone suspected to be in possession of illegal substances may be searched. Police assistance will be provided where necessary and of course parents/carers would be informed at the earliest opportunity. Additionally, students and families affected would be signposted to counselling and family support services. Any student found in possession of illegal substances could be at risk of exclusion or face prosecution.
We hope you will support us as schools and colleges that are taking a strong stance against substance abuse. Our schools and colleges are safe places and we will do everything we can to maintain this. Above all, we shall seek to educate our young people about the dangers of drugs, because prevention is always the best policy. You can assist us and the police in keeping our community safe by reporting any suspicious local activity to Hampshire Police by calling 101.
Thank you for supporting this New Forest-wide initiative.