Number of exclusions in Oban High School revealed

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Oban High School had the highest amount of exclusions in Argyll and Bute last year, figures have revealed.

A freedom of information request to Argyll and Bute Council revealed 48 temporary or permanent exclusions took place at the school.

This was the highest in the area’s 10 secondary schools, and a 60 per cent increase on its 2017/18 total of 30.

Physical assault with no weapon against a pupil was the most common exclusion offence at Oban High in 2018/19, responsible for 25 per cent of removals.

There were 10 pupils excluded for verbal abuse of staff, while six were removed for general or persistent disobedience.

Seven further exclusions were awarded for undefined offences listed as ‘other’.

Tiree High School had three exclusions last year – two for physical assault with no weapon against a pupil, and one for verbal abuse of staff.

Tobermory High School has a completely clean slate for the third year in a row.

A total of 649 exclusions have taken place across the 10 secondary schools in Argyll and Bute since the start of the 2015/16 academic year.

Oban High accounted for 129 of these, Tiree High School eight and Tobermory High School four.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: ‘Oban High School is the second biggest school in Argyll and Bute, with hard working staff and pupils to be proud of.

‘As part of delivering effective education services, the school takes seriously the well-being of its young people and staff.

‘The number of exclusions is a reflection of the high standards of behaviour which the strong leadership of the school works with its young people to deliver.’

Speaking about Argyll and Bute as a whole, the spokesperson added: ‘It should be noted that we have hardworking staff and pupils who, together, achieve often award-winning success.’