Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lessons to be learned in ban on school romances

Young love might not prepare pupils for the harsh realities of life, but it is part of growing up, writes Sophie Donaldson

Puppy love: Should romantic relationships be allowed between pupils of co-ed secondary schools? Stock photo: Getty
Puppy love: Should romantic relationships be allowed between pupils of co-ed secondary schools? Stock photo: Getty
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

Last week, principal of Ruthin School in Wales, Toby Belfield, attracted international attention for a leaked email sent to his staff - in which he proclaimed that students at the school in a romantic relationship are in "danger of academically underachieving".

He went on to say he would be compiling a list of students in a relationship (just how he might divine this information, other than lurking at the local cinema, we don't know) and that those on the list could "expect to find new schools in September".

He later clarified that students would not be immediately expelled, rather they would be given the opportunity to "review their current romantic situation" with their parents and hopefully terminate their young love immediately.

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