THREE teenage students at a private school near Petersfield have been asked to leave after a drunken sexual encounter in a sandpit.
Four students were involved in a series of incidents on June 29, which started when one boy stole a bottle of whisky from Waitrose in Rams Walk and ended with the pupils’ sexual misbehaviour in the school’s sandpit.
A formal investigation was carried out and the boy was thrown out of the school for theft, while another boy and girl were expelled for sexual misconduct.
In a letter to parents, headteacher Keith Budge said: ‘Shortly after these decisions, I talked at my assembly to the school about my sadness and anger about what had happened - the idiocy that results from students feeling they could ignore school rules and go their own way and the perils that accompany the kind of behaviour which runs so outside the school’s values that it risks polluting the community’s values.’
A spokeswoman for Bedales said: ‘I can confirm there was a disciplinary incident in the penultimate week of term, as a result of which one student aged 15 and two students aged 14 have left the school.
‘This robust action indicates how seriously the school takes the upholding of high standards of student behaviour.
‘As part of our programme of pastoral education we will be discussing with our students the issues arising from this incident.
‘In the interests of the children concerned and their families it would be inappropriate to comment further. ‘