Vaping – Behaviour Policy Update

A sixth form student working on their laptop in the library

Dear Parents/carer

Re: Vaping – Behaviour Policy Update

I write to you as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students. The purpose of this letter is to address the concerning issue that has emerged in many schools and academies across the United Kingdom – vaping.

In recent times, vaping has become increasingly prevalent among adolescents, including those within our school. This trend is not only alarming but it also poses significant health risks to our students. As parents, carers, and teachers, it is our collective responsibility to address this issue head-on and take proactive steps to protect our children. Not only is it significantly damaging to their health it is also illegal. 

Vaping, particularly among youth, presents numerous health hazards. The chemicals and toxins present in vaping products can have detrimental effects on physical health, including respiratory problems, cardiovascular issues, and potential long-term consequences that are yet to be fully understood. Moreover, nicotine addiction resulting from vaping can have serious implications for academic performance, social interactions, and overall well-being. It is also illegal for under 18s to purchase a vape in the United Kingdom. 

It is crucial for us to work together to combat the spread of vaping within our school community. Here are some steps we are taking and recommendations we have for parents:

  • Education: We will be implementing educational programs and workshops through our PSHE curriculum and to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping. It is essential for students to understand the risks associated with vaping and make informed decisions regarding their health.
  • Enforcement of academy policies: Our school has strict policies in place regarding illegal substance use, including vaping. We will reinforce these policies and ensure that consequences for violations are consistently enforced. Please note that we have recently updated our behaviour policy (please link below) with a new section (15.1) on vaping which reflects our zero-tolerance approach to vaping at Longfield Academy, there is a very serious sanction for any students who bring a vape or vaping equipment onto the school premises. The academy will suspend students who vape on site and those who are seen vaping in the local community.
    Click here to view the Longfield Academy Behaviour Policy
  • Open communication: We encourage parents to have open and honest conversations with their children about vaping. Establishing a supportive environment where children feel comfortable discussing their concerns and seeking guidance is crucial in addressing this issue.
  • Monitoring: Please be vigilant in monitoring your child’s behaviour and belongings for any signs of vaping paraphernalia. Early intervention is key in preventing further escalation of vaping-related issues.
  • Student support: Our school offers support services for students who may be struggling with substance use or other forms of addiction. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s relevant college if you or your child need assistance or resources.

By working together, we can create a safer and healthier environment for our students. I urge you to join us in addressing the issue of vaping and supporting our efforts to promote the well-being of all students.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Mr Luke Anderson
Vice Principal 
Behaviour, Standards and Welfare