THE first school in Burton and South Derbyshire to ban energy drinks has spoken of the impact that the move has had as government offcials look towards a nationwide crackdown.
Senior teachers at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, backed their decision to ban drinks such as Red Bull and Monster in June last year as they ‘do not create the best conditions for learning’.
Bosses spoke out after the Department of Education revealed that it is now consulting on a clearer set of school food standards, including a possible outright ban on the controversial drinks.
Deb Holland, assistant head teacher, said: “Energy drinks are still banned at Pingle because of the recognised health effects on young people.
“However, pupils are still consuming them outside school where we have little direct influence.
“We play a part in educating our young people on the effects of these drinks and more widely healthy eating so they are able to make the right choices.”
Staff at the school are now appealing to parents to ensure that the proposals are adhered to by pupils.
Head teacher Viv Sharples said: “I am looking for your support in trying to ensure pupils do not have energy drinks before school or during the school day.
“We do not allow energy drinks in school, as in many cases, they do not create the best conditions for learning.
“I should also like to remind you that cans are not allowed on site as they pose a hazard, particularly in summer when they get shredded in the mower and can cause injuries to pupils on the field.
“Thank you for your support and for helping us to keep our young people safe.”
Health Minister Jane Ellison says revised advice will be made available to schools in September, and will become law from January 2015.
The move comes after an adviser on the Government’s School Food Plan called for the drinks to be banned in schools, claiming they were as harmful as drugs.
Some energy drinks contain the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.
The British Soft Drinks Association said that high-caffeine energy drinks containing more than 150g of caffeine per litre were not recommended for children.