School defends pupil care after leaked email reveals students used up emergency contraception supply

Stowe School
Stowe School

A public school has defended the care of its pupils after an email leaked to a national newspaper revealed concerns over sexual activity in its boarding houses.

In the email, believed to have been sent to housemasters at Stowe School in February and leaked to the Mail on Sunday, assistant head and head of boarding, Peter Last said pupils had told nurses they were having sex at school and the school’s medical centre had run out of emergency contraception.

The email said: “The school rules do, of course, state that no study, bedroom or dormitory may be entered by a student of the opposite sex and it also very clear that students having sex in school time (either on site or off) are liable to expulsion.”

The email added staff should increase patrols around dormitories and call a meeting to remind the Sixth Form about rules on sexual activity. There is no suggestion any of the sex taking place was underage.

In a statement to the Advertiser and Review, a school spokesman said it ‘continually reviews’ its procedures.

She said: “Stowe places the utmost importance in providing the highest level of safeguarding and pastoral care for all of its pupils.

“This is reflected in the latest Independent Schools Inspectorate report which rated pastoral care at Stowe as outstanding.

“The school has clear policies, rules and procedures in place covering all pastoral issues, including those that concern sexual behaviour. Transgressors of the school rules risk expulsion.

“The school continually reviews its procedures to ensure the maintenance of high standards of pastoral care which are the subject of regular discussion and supervision by the school’s senior management team.”