Police called in after kids run out of school
AGOVERNOR says measures will be taken after two primary pupils ran out of school and into a local park.
The boy and girl, aged five and six, left Christ the King School on Fir Grove, Macclesfield, through an unlocked gate.
Police were called in to bring them back to school after teachers were unable to persuade them to return to the classroom.
School rules mean that teachers are not able to forcibly return children back to school premises.
Officials say at no point were the children out of sight of teachers, and that the gate will now be permanently locked.
There is no suggestion that they crossed any roads.
But the mother of one of the children involved has hit out at the school. She said: “They are aged five and six, teachers should easily be able to stop them, it shouldn’t have been a police matter.
“The teachers should have grabbed them by the hand and walked them back to school.”
She added: “The issue is the gates were open, there isn’t a code or anything, you just press a buzzer and you can get out.
“That gate should have been locked and there should be special measurements put in place to stop this happening again.”
A spokesman for Cheshire Police confirmed that officers had been called to an incident at the school on Friday, January 29. She said: “At 1.34pm on 29 January police received a report of two young children running off from the school.
“Teachers followed them into Southpark but were unable to get them to return. Police attended and had to carry the children back to school as they refused to go back.”
A governor from the school described security at the school as ‘robust’.
She added: “The school has recently commissioned a child safeguarding governor and takes issue of pupil safety and protection extremely seriously.
“We can confirm that two pupils exited the school through an unlocked gate which is used by parents and staff at an adjoining preschool.
“The gate is now permanently locked with appropriate entry and exit measures in place.
“The children were brought back to school, unharmed, by the police, who were contacted by the school.
“At no point were the children out of the sight or care of the staff, and throughout, staff worked with the children to positively manage their behaviour and de-escalate the situation.
“Staff and governors are working closely with the parents to ensure that this sort of incident does not reoccur.
“Security at the school is very robust - but every measure will be taken to ensure that any further measures required will be implemented.”
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