Po­lice called in af­ter kids run out of school

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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.”

●» Ben and Tr­ish Do­ran pic­tured with chil­dren, Cara, 11 months, left, and Reuben, eight, who fea­ture on the mem­ory card

●» Christ the King School in Mac­cles­field

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