85 iPads stolen
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