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Searching Pupils at school - any teachers know the law

Aug 17, 2005
My son (Year 7) came home upset today. Turns out his whole form class were searched today without the consent of the pupils.

I wasn't sure of the laws on searching pupils in senior school so I looked it up. Apparently, a pupil can be searched without consent by a person nominated by the head teacher, if there is a belief that pupil has in his/her possession an item like a
weapon or any item banned by the school. The search has to take place witnessed by a second teacher.

Now as the whole class was searched, I doubt very much there was a belief every pupil in the class was carrying something they shouldn't. All 3 teachers were searching pupils simultaniously so there was never a second witness to any of the searches. Bags, pockets, socks etc were searched and the only thing anyone has was a deodorant aerosol can to use after PE.

Thoughts by any teachers on here very much welcomed.