Teenage girl in court after taking knife to Ilford school

A 15-year-old girl has admitted taking a knife to school in Ilford.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, took the folding pocket knife into Seven Kings High School, in Ley Street, on October 16.

She pleaded guilty to having a blade over three inches in length at Barkingside Youth Court earlier this month.

The knife will be destroyed and the girl must attend four months of youth offenders panel meetings.

Seven Kings High School headteacher Tracey Smith said taking any kind of weapon into the school is not tolerated.

She added: “This is an isolated incident and the first time the school has had to take such disciplinary action for a knife on school premises .

“The school carried out an internal investigation and spoke to both the student concerned and their parents and, the appropriate disciplinary action was taken.

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“Our school has a strict anti-knife policy which is made clear to students when they join the school and throughout their time here.

“We liaise and work closely with the police and the council to promote a safe working environment for all.”