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Dear Parents/Carers,

We’re writing to address a concerning public health issue impacting Medway schools. Recent incidents involving young people hospitalised after using vapes suspected to contain dangerous chemicals, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have raised serious concerns.

Here’s what we’re doing to keep students safe:

  • Working Together: We value your partnership. By working together, we can ensure students have access to accurate information and can make healthy choices.
  • Open Communication: We encourage you to talk to your children about the dangers of vaping. Resources below offer clear information on these risks, especially for young people.
  • Proactive Education: We’ve delivered presentations during assemblies and form time on the dangers of vaping and THC. While we haven’t had any THC vape cases at our school, we’re proactively educating students based on local reports.
  • Awareness: Be aware of vaping-related illness signs and symptoms, like coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Policy Updates: We’ve updated our behaviour policy to reflect local trends Vaping policy


  • Possession of a vape or vaping equipment on school grounds will result in a 5-day Lodge provision.
  • Repeat offences will face progressively harsher consequences.

For THC Vapes:

  • Possession or use of a THC vape will involve immediate police notification and a suspension.


We’re actively collaborating with local partners to develop a plan addressing this issue and ensuring student safety. Public Health authorities have also been notified.

We understand this news can be concerning. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Reporting Concerns:

If you believe your child or someone you know is struggling with vaping, or if you suspect a retailer is selling vapes to those under 18, please report it to the following:

Medway Council Public Health Team:

Medway Council Consumer Protection: 01634 334 455