Bradford headteacher’s vape warning as kids caught red-handed face exclusion

A high school headteacher has warned that pupils caught with vaping pens will face exclusion.

Richard Wilson, principal of Dixons Kings Academy in Lidget Green, Bradford, has reminded parents that vaping – inhaling vapour into the lungs from an electronic device – is for over 18s and is not a suitable activity for children.

He is particularly worried that vaping will cause long-term health damage.

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Mr Wilson has warned parents that some vape pens are small and easily concealed while others look like highlighter pens, so it might not be easy to identify what they are.

“I am growing increasingly concerned by the number of students who have access to Vape pens,” he said in a letter to parents and carers.

“We have had a number of incidents involving these over the past few weeks in school.

“As they have become cheaper and more available this is a real concern for the health of our students. I would like to make you aware of the law and recent health updates with regards to vaping.”

A photo sent to parents by Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford (Image: Dixons Kings Academy)

Mr Wilson said the vape pens were for over 18s only, adding: “Vape pens, although claiming to be safer than smoking, still contain nicotine and people can become addicted.”

He added: “The research is suggesting that vaping does cause long-term health issues.

“Some of the oils and liquids contain more harmful chemicals that can damage your lungs.”

He said cbd cream oil (cannabidiol, a chemical taken from the cannabis plant) is a “controlled substance and illegal if from an alternative source.”

Mr Wilson said the school was taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to vape pens, and any student found with one, or using one on-site, will receive a fixed-term exclusion.

Photos of vape pens sent to parents of pupils at Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford (Image: Dixons Kings Academy)

“These exclusions stay on your child’s permanent school record and will be seen by any prospective education establishment after they leave our school.

“This could affect your child’s chances of receiving a good Post 16 place.

“In order to protect the health of our students I need you to be aware of what these vape pens look like and if you find your child with them, firstly get them help to stop using them, but also make sure they are not bringing them to school.

“On the back of this letter, there are some of the more common examples of what they look like.”

In 2019, the headteacher at Holmfirth High expressed serious concerns about a ‘dramatic increase’ in young people using e-cigarettes.

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The head, Ben Stitchman, wrote to parents about his fears over the potential damage to young people’s health from ‘vaping’.

Mr Stitchman said colleagues at other schools had seen a dramatic rise in pupils as young as 11 using e-cigs.

According to the NHS, e-cigs in the UK are tightly regulated for safety and quality and, although not risk-free, they carry a “small fraction of the risk of cigarettes” because they do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.

The NHS adds: “The liquid and vapour contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels.”

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