School issues ban on mobile phones

West Craven High School.
West Craven High School.

A Pendle school has banned mobile phones from its premises because they are an “unnecessary distraction”.

The ban by West Craven High School in Barnoldswick will be implemented after the school returns from the Easter holidays.

As well as causing classroom disturbance and impacting on learning, privacy invasion and bullying are other reasons highlighted in the decision to introduce a blanket ban.

A letter to parent’s jointly signed by Headteacher Craig Baker and Assistant Headteacher Julie Grimshaw read: “From April 25th, 2016 the use of mobile phones will no longer be allowed at any time during the school day on school premises.

“This includes breaks and lunchtimes, the rule applies across the whole school site both inside and outside of the building.

“If any staff see any child’s mobile phone, they will confiscate it. It will be stored safely and may be collected at the end of the day by a parent or carer.

“It has proved necessary to implement this change due to the adverse effect of mobile phone use on learning. “Mobile phones are an unnecessary distraction to students and are sometimes used inappropriately as a tool to invade other people’s privacy and as a means to bully other people.

“We would be grateful if you could support your child by ensuring that they understand the importance of complying fully with this rule and that there are no exceptions to this rule.”