My son attends a large and respectable Independant school. As part of his Classics studies the school has organised a trip to Europe. When he goes on the trip he will be 15 and in the equivalent of Y10.
He brought home a letter and in one section it says:- "Alcohol- Sixth Form -wine and beer only maybe consumed,....but always in moderation."
I was a bit surprised to read this, but what has surprised me even more is that the paragraph went on to say "Should parents not allow their sons/daughters to consume alcohol they must make this known in writing..." In other words it is assumed you will be happy for your children to drink
Am I being old fashioned and out of touch, I know a lot of teenagers drink socially, but on a school trip? Nowadays, is this the norm amongst schools? Perhaps I should be grateful that my son's school trusts its sixth formers.