West Midlands Police came into our school as part of their visits to schools across South Staffordshire to warn students of the risks and dangers of carrying knives.

The informative and stark talk was clear on the dangers and consequences of knife crime and was explicit in mapping out the right course of action for every teenager.

It was also clear that knife crime is increasingly being linked with young males with 2016 figures showing that 95% of people carrying knives were male and 60% were under the age of 25.

Elsewhere, figures for London from last year, reported that 10 teenagers were killed in knife attacks.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “There is no room for complacency with knife crime and simply carrying a blade can very quickly move into using a blade. We are clear on our expectations and our warnings on knife crime and we are delighted that we can work with local police to push this message.”