Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:24
Looks like a common newt( or smooth newt), fairly widespread and not that rare. You obviously have a good school pond. They emerge this time of year to mate, so as little disturbance as possible would be good. It's not a great crested, so you haven't been lucky, and it being a school pond would bring problems of disturbance and questions of protection.
Frogs and newt happily co exist, there are many myths about wildlife.
Try to get the teachers to discourage dragging the weed from the pond. Weed is a habitat for many pond dwellers. Get the teachers to explain it and the importance of weed. They probably haven't got a clue so neither will the kids.