The number of children being excluded from schools in the Truro area, in Cornwall, has gone up in the last year a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Figures show 5.5% of children received fixed term exclusions in the area during 2011-12, however this is below the national average of 8%.

This is Cornwall report:

MORE THAN 100 pupils were suspended from schools in the Truro area in the past academic year.

Figures obtained by the West Briton under the Freedom of Information Act showed that at one secondary school the number of fixed-term exclusions doubled in a year.

Penair School was the only secondary school in the area to permanently exclude a pupil in the past three years.

Richard Lander School’s figures for fixed-term exclusions spiked at 67 pupils in the 2011-12 year in what it called a “firm response to repeated issues”.

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