ROSELYN HOUSE SCHOOL & THE RHISE SERVICE
KS Education Limited reaffirms its continuing responsibility for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all its employees whilst at work and is committed to ensuring that a non-smoking environment will be the norm for employees and students.
Through this policy, Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service will ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Regulations 2006 which form the statutory instruments prohibiting smoking at work premises. These regulations apply in England from 1st July 2007.
The purpose of this policy is to inform that:
Roselyn House School and The RHISE Service does not encourage young people to smoke tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.
Attempts are made by all staff to actively discourage young people from smoking and highlight the dangers and disadvantages of this habit. This is addressed through conversation throughout the school day, PSHE and science programmes of study.
We are aware however, as a School, that some of our students do choose to smoke. In this case, students are requested to keep this to a minimum and within recognised ‘breaks’ of the school day. These are, before school, morning break, lunch break and after school. ‘Smoking’ should not be accepted as a given or a reward and certainly should not impact on a student’s learning. In order to minimise risk of fire hazards, students are informed of an area to the left of the school grounds and outside RHISE grounds. These areas are supervised at break times. Removal of breaks may be used as a consequence of negative behaviour/ refusal to do work in lessons as per school Behaviour Policy.
Year 11 – Year 13 are expected to become more independent and manage their own time. Their timetables may be more flexible, and therefore ‘breaks’ are slightly different to other year groups. The expectation is that these students do not impact on their learning by smoking whenever they like. Staff need to reinforce this with the students.
In an attempt therefore to curtail young people from smoking freely during the school day, students may be asked to hand in all tobacco products and associated paraphernalia unless trusted otherwise. A record will be kept of what is handed in.
All items handed in will be stored with Group Leads. The box will then be handed to students at designated break times. The students will take their own products out of the box and return the box at the end of the break.
This procedure is monitored daily by Group Leads.
Staff breaks should not get in the way of the school day and student welfare is paramount. Break times are the busiest times and staff need to be present for activities and supervision. Break times are for the students and supervision should take priority. Due to staffing ratio’s, staff need to manage their own time which works within the timetable and not go off in groups for breaks.
Smoking is not permitted in any school vehicles.
Other services that are available nationally include;
• Local NHS stop smoking services, call 0800 022 4332 or http://gosmokefree.nhs.uk/advice-and-information/
• Visit http://www.gosmokefree.co.uk/
• Visit ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) http://www.ash.org.uk/
• Local GP practice, pharmacy or hospital
Reviewed June 2022