TWO 15-year-old pupils have left one of Chester's top private schools 'by mutual agreement' over allegations of drugs being smuggled into the classroom.
Rumours had been circulating about the incident at The King's School on Wrexham Road, which happened within the last couple of weeks.
Headteacher Tim Turvey agreed to speak to The Chronicle to 'put the record straight'.
He said: 'We received information that substances had been brought into school. Following this, the matter was thoroughly investigated and the parents were fully involved at all stages.
'Two boys have left by mutual agree-ment and fortunately incidents of this nature are very rare.'
Mr Turvey said the matter had been dealt with in-house and police were not called. He said the substances which had been recovered were not tested and he did not wish to speculate on the type of drugs involved.
The incident has been discussed with the whole school and parents are to be informed. Mr Turvey said there was no question of dealers targeting the school.
Mr Turvey said his pupils were taught about the perils of drugs.
'From when they first come into the school, the Personal and Social Education programme provides information and we work with form groups relating to every aspect of social life and what happens as youngsters become teenagers and young adults.
'They have the opportunity to consider the problems and effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. We welcome visitors from outside bodies to come in to talk to younger students so they can hear from people who have learned, sometimes from bitter experience, about the kind of things that are out there to entrap youngsters.'
Inspector Sue Thomas, who is in charge of the Chester outer sector, said: 'We would encourage and expect all schools to contact us so we know by way of intelligence what's been happening.'