New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the number of Rickmansworth school pupils who were suspended or permanently excluded from school in the last academic year.
According to the information, covering the period between September 2020 and July 2021, state schools in the town handed out 112 suspensions overall, with only two pupils getting permanent exclusions, out of a total of 5054 students.
No primary schools had any permanent exclusions, and most avoided any suspensions, which included Rickmansworth Park, St Mary’s CofE, St John Catholic and St Peter’s CofE Voluntary Aided.
However, Arnett Hills JMI did hand out four suspensions during the academic year.
As for secondary schools, The Reach Free School, with an intake of 45, only handed out 2 suspensions, with no permanent exclusions.
St Clement Danes, St Joan of Arc Catholic and Rickmansworth School handed out 29, 45 and 32 suspensions respectively, with Clement Danes and Joan of Arc also handing out one permanent exclusion each.
These three schools had a much higher number of students however, with them all having an intake of more 1,200 pupils.
Nationwide, 3,928 schoolchildren were permanently excluded from their schools in the 2020-21 academic year, with 352, 454 receiving suspensions, with a national rate of 4.25.
According to the ONS report, the average state secondary school in England excluded one student in every 1000 that year.
All of the schools mentioned in this story have been contacted for comment.