A School Is Searching Students' Bags And Confiscating Treats

Teachers are carrying out random bag checks at school gates in a bid to stop students smuggling in sugar-filled contraband.

Teachers in Oxfordshire, England, are taking a stand, sick of seeing secondary school kids stuff lollies, soft drinks and other sugar-filled treats into their backpacks before class.

A notice in Aureus School's online bulletin states: "A member of the leadership team is outside Asda most mornings to help students get to school on time, and we have noticed an increase in students purchasing large amounts of sweets first thing in the morning.

"We will be carrying out random bag checks at the gate to ensure that all sweets are kept in reception until the end of school, as we have noticed an increase in the amount of contraband items including chewing gum on school site."

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The school opened in 2017 and has always been strict on food.

So strict, students aren't even allowed to bring their own packed lunches - they must instead eat hot and healthy food from the canteen.

"Research shows that packed lunches are not as nutritionally balanced as cooked lunches," according to the school's lunch policy.

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"Unhealthy packed lunches fuel obesity."

"Food and nutrition is an essential part of developing the whole child, and research shows that healthy children learn better," it says.

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Students are only allowed to drink water on school grounds while all meat served at the canteen is Halal-only.

Sugary Drinks
Sugary drinks with a side of sugar. Image credit: PA/Anthony Devlin

Headteacher Hannah Wilson said the move was part of the school's wellbeing strategy.

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"Healthy minds need healthy bodies and this is why we do not want our students to bring sweets, sugary snacks and drinks as well as energy drinks onto the school site," she said.

Obesity is a huge issue in the UK -- as many as one in five children are overweight or obese by the time they start school.