blows "Second Chance"
Former Putney Schoolboy expelled
from TV test school
Ryan Bell, 16, had originally been a student at Putney's
ADT College but following his expulsion from there he was
moved to a public school in Somerset as part of a social experiment
and has been expelled.
joined Downside School, one of the top Roman Catholic boarding
schools in the UK, two years ago with Channel 4 paying the
£15,000 annual fees. In return they had access to follow
Ryan's progress through the school.
school statement said that Ryan and six other students bought
and drank alcohol over the bank holiday. It was his third
incident at he school which resulted in him ending up in he
Royal United Hospital in Bath with alcohol poisoning - where
he was kept in overnight. The six other students have all
been suspended but Ryan was expelled as it was his third offence.
Maidlow Davis, Headmaster at Downside said: "In spite
of this sad event, Downside believes that Ryan is an able
and gifted young person who has developed during almost two
years at the school. Downside
hopes to be able to assist Ryan as he looks for a way forward
in his life."
recently appeared in a Channel 4 documentary of his life at
the school, where he showed a particular aptitude for Latin
spokeswoman said: "We are very disappointed for Ryan
but at the same time feel he's made tremendous strides in
his past two years at Downside........What
has happened in no way lessens our commitment to support Ryan
and his family in whatever they decide the next step should
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