Daily checks will now take place at Leighton school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Mouse traps and daily in­spec­tions have been in­tro­duced into a pri­mary school’s day to en­sure a ro­dent prob­lem does not re­turn. Leighton Pri­mary School in Or ton M al borne was closed on Fri­day after mice were spot­ted in the school.

Par­ents were told on Sun­day the school would be re­open­ing on Mon­day, fol­low­ing the clo­sure on Fri­day.

A deep clean of the kitchen - where mice had been spot­ted this time - has now taken place.

It was the sec­ond time in just three months the school had to tell pupils not to come into class as a re­sult of ro­dents. The school shut for four days at the end of Novem­ber and the begin­ning of De­cem­ber after mice were spot­ted.

A deep clean of the school was also car­ried out in De­cem­ber be­fore pupils could re­turn.

Fol­low­ing the lat­est clo­sure, Hay­ley Sut­ton, head­teacher of Leighton Pri­mary School, said ef­forts were be­ing made to pre­vent the prob­lems hap­pen­ing again.

She said: “I would like to thank all the pupils, par­ents and staff for their co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing this pe­riod to al­low us to get this sit­u­a­tion re­solved.

“We are do­ing all we can to make sure this doesn’ t hap­pen again.

“We have re­ceived guid­ance from en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers and pest con­trol ex­perts and have a clear list of mon­i­tor­ing pro­ce­dures in place.

“The kitchen area where the mice were found has had a thor­ough deep clean and Radar units to de­tect mice are in place in­ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tions.

“There will be daily mon­i­tor­ing of rooms, cup­boards, skirt­ing boards and win­dows for ev­i­dence of mice by all mem­bers of staff and clean­ers.”

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