I could not believe this true story from a very old friend of mine about a very well known public school. Just shows how completely non-child-centred public schools really are!
Her son (aged 15) smoked a spliff with a friend at his friend's house in the half term holiday. A few weeks later, the friend was found to have dope at school and was hauled into the Principal's office who demanded to know who else had shared his habit with him. After a while he owned up to my friend's son having smoked with him at home, whereupon my friend's son was summarily expelled, even though he had never smoked on the school's premises! Not only that, because he had a scholarship, giving them 20% off the £28,000 they pay p.a. for school fees, they are now required to pay back retrospectively the 20% saving they have made over the last several years!
The lack of accountability and particularly lack of duty of care to the child is staggering! Imagine that happening in a state school?
I have heard similar depressing tales of children being ejected from high-achieving private schools in year 12 because their GCSEs are not good enough. All these schools care about are their own reputations, not the children in their care.
I wish the media shined more of a searching light on practices at private schools, as it might give parents a bit of a wake-up call. Sadly our right wing media has no such interest, determined as it is to malign state schools at any opportunity.
Also sad that we are more concerned with results in our society than how we treat each other as fellow humans beings with all our issues, emotions, capabilities and idiosyncrasies.
The sad postscript is that rather than risk their son at a state school, they are now sending him to yet another well known public school.