Weapons in Devon Schools

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Date of Request: 30/03/2015                                                      

Date of Disclosure: 23/04/2015

Please find Devon County Council’s response to each of the questions below;

1) How many knives have been confiscated from pupils since 01 April 2014?

The categories under-which exclusion data is recorded are defined nationally and information relating to knives and weapons isn’t captured as a separate entity. However it may be that the Schools hold this information and we suggested that you contact each individually to ascertain this.  

2) How many times have pupils been suspended for bringing weapons (any weapons) into school, since 01 April 2014? (NB: this refers to the number of individual suspensions issued, rather than the number of pupils who have been suspended – i.e. some may have been suspended more than once.)

Data not held centrally by the Council – Please contact the Schools.

3) How many times have pupils been expelled for bringing weapons (any weapons) into school, since 01 April 2014? (NB: this refers to the number of individual expulsions issued, rather than the number of pupils who have been expelled – i.e. some may have been expelled more than once.) 

Data not held centrally by the Council – Please contact the Schools.

4) How many of your schools currently have metal detectors, or other machinery specifically designed to prevent weapons coming into the school?

Data not held centrally by the Council – Please contact the Schools.

5) How many schools are covered by your LEA?

There are 280 LA Maintained Schools, 80 Academies and 3 Free Schools in Devon.  Information on independent schools can be found on the DfE’s register of educational establishments ‘Edubase’ on the link provided below;

http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml