A CHILD has been expelled from a Hereford school after "poor behaviour" as parents are issued a warning over social media abuse.

Writing to parents and carers on September 22, assistant headteacher Miss O Ireland said: “We have unfortunately had to remove one student from our student body permanently due to poor behaviour.

“We are clear on our standards and thank parents and carers for supporting us."

The school also issued a warning to families about behaviour on social media.

“Please can I ask that you monitor your child’s behaviour on social media," the letter continued.

“Although we will support on concerns that arise from this and provide advice, the reality is that this is a police matter and thus the best protection is prevention.


“We do cover social media usage within our PSHE programme and students have online safeguarding lessons, however, we cannot police the internet nor is that our role.

“Please help your son or daughter to stay safe online by ensuring correct parental controls are in place, monitoring their apps and use, as well as noticing any changes in behaviour.”

Despite this, the school maintains that it has made a strong start to the new academic year and is encouraging students to achieve 96 per cent attendance with no suspensions and no isolations.

Ofsted judged Hereford Academy’s overall effectiveness as ‘requires improvement’ in their last full inspection in 2021.

The leadership and management as well as the behaviour and attitudes in the school were graded as ‘good’, with personal development being marked as ‘outstanding’.  Quality of education was rated as 'requires improvement'.

Editor's note: this article previously said Ofsted had found the school's curriculum to be 'inadequate'. This was incorrect and we apologise for this.