85 iPads stolen

Stockport Times West - - NEWS -

THE head­teacher of an im­prov­ing school has hit out at the ‘de­spi­ca­ble’ thieves who broke in and stole iPads worth £22,500.

A gang of three forced their way into Dial Park Pri­mary, on Half Moon Lane, Of­fer­ton, and stole 85 iPads on Fe­bru­ary 1.

The com­puter equip­ment was used as a vi­tal part of pupils’ learn­ing across the cur­ricu­lum and head­teacher James Clark says it will have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect.

He said: “They al­low chil­dren in­stant ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and as us­ing ICT quickly is a key skill, this will have a hugely sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect.

“It is a de­spi­ca­ble act and the short-term mon­e­tary gain th­ese peo­ple will get does not come close to match­ing the dis­rup­tion caused to learn­ing for chil­dren, some of whom are vul­ner­a­ble.

“The pupils were gut­ted be­cause they loved the iPads.

“They were part of the process of buy­ing them and choos­ing what cases and apps to have.”

Po­lice have ap­pealed for wit­nesses and are also warn­ing peo­ple to look out for of­fers of cheap iPads.

One iPad was re­cov­ered and handed back in by a for­mer pupil.

Staff and pupils at the school, which was graded as good for the first time in its last Of­sted re­port, are work­ing to use the theft pos­i­tively.

Mr Clark said: “We have used it as a learn­ing tool – we are into real world ex­pe­ri­ences and have cre­ated news­pa­per ar­ti­cles about the break in.

“Foot­prints were left and pupils have been piec­ing to­gether bits of ev­i­dence to turn it into speak­ing, lis­ten­ing and writ­ing ex­er­cises. We have re­silient pupils and staff.”

Wit­nesses can call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Dial Park Pri­mary in Of­fer­ton

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