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Knives in Schools

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Dear Education Authority,

I am making a Freedom of Information request for the following information.

Can you provide answers to the following questions for each year from 2013 to the present:

How many knives or similar offensive weapons have been seized in your schools in each year from 2013 to present?

In your answer can you please provide figures for secondary schools and primary schools separately.

Can you also specify whether the knife was found to be in the possession of a boy or girl and their age, or neither (ie discarded on school premises).

How many injuries have been caused by knives or similar offensive weapons in secondary schools and primary schools in the same period. Can you specify the age of the victim and whether a pupil or a teacher, or visitor to the school.

In how many of these has the victim required hospital treatment. Can you specify the age of the victim and whether a pupil or a teacher, or visitor to the school.

How many pupils have been excluded for possession or use of a knife on school premises in each year from 2013 to present?

How many times have police been called to schools to deal with incidents involving pupil behaviour in each year from 2013 to present?

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful of you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Buckwell

Freedomofinformation, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Dear Mr Buckwell

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (or Environmental Information Regulations 2004, if it
relates to environmental information).

You should ordinarily expect to receive a response to your request no
later than 20 working days following the date of submission to the
Council. We will contact you should this not be the case.

Yours sincerely

Carfan Llywodraethu Corfforaethol / Corporate Governance Team
ar ran Cyfarwyddwr Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol a Llywodraethol / for Director
of Legal & Democratic Services

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Freedomofinformation, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

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Dear Mr Buckwell,

 

We refer to your Freedom of Information Request in respect of how many
knives or similar offensive weapons have been seized in our schools in
each year from 2013 to present, the Authority’s response is as follows:

 

1 incident in a primary school (by a year 6 pupil) in 2018, and

1 in a secondary school (by a year 10 pupil) in 2017.

 

From the records, it appears both incidents were reported to the Police by
the schools and both incidents resulted in a pupil suspension/exclusion.
 Neither incident resulted in an injury.  Both assailants were male but we
have no details of who was threatened, and therefore, no recorded
information is held.

 

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[1][email address] or at RCT CBC, Pavilions, Clydach Vale,
Tonypandy, CF40 2XX.

 

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We trust this answers your queries.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Carfan Llywodraethu Corfforaethol / Corporate Governance Team

ar ran Cyfarwyddwr Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol a Llywodraethol / for Director
of Legal & Democratic Services

 

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