Does anyone know what the rules are on students smoking outside the school gates? It has always been my understanding that the school is responsible for students on the way to school and from it. Whilst on duty at the gates, I witnessed several Year 11 students smoking. I advised them to go around the corner so that my colleague and I couldn't see them. They told me that it was nothing to do with the school as they were not standing directly in front of the gates but outside the neighbouring house. I told them that I would check this with the pastoral team. I was advised by them that the school was not responsible and could deliver no sanctions unless it was on school premises - this didn't include the area outside of the school gates. Later in the day, I was approached by a couple of the students, who told me that they'd checked with the Vice Principal, who had told them that it wasn't the school's responsibility and there were no sanctions. They were very pleased with themselves. I am now unsure of my role of 'in loco parentis' as I wouldn't allow my own under-age children to smoke. I also thought it was against the law! My solution to the uncomfortable position of having to stand on duty and watch students smoke, which I feel undermines my professionalism, would be to fulfil my morning duty on the gate by standing inside it and dealing only with issues on the grounds - ignoring anything going on outside. Can anyone shed any light on this? Thanks.