Supermarket’s ban on pupils was ‘last resort’
HUNDREDS of schoolchildren have been banned from a supermarket after some of them stole goods from the store.
Retail giant Asda has imposed the two-week ban at its Springfield Road store in Leek.
It started on Monday and affects children in years nine, 10 and 11 at Leek High School, which is across the road from Asda.
Now the school has taken action against the ‘few’ children at the centre of the problems in consultation with Asda.
It is not yet known whether the ban will be lifted after Friday, December 14.
An Asda spokesman said: “We work hard to be part of our local community and our colleagues and customers deserve to feel safe and comfortable when they visit us.
“We’ve worked hard with Leek High School in recent weeks to try to deter some of the anti-social behaviour we’ve been experiencing from some of the students. But unfortunately we’ve had to implement this short-term ban as a last resort.”
The school was informed of the twoweek ban on Friday.
It does not affect pupils who attend The Meadows School on the same site.
Headteacher Phill Evans said: “Due to recent incidents of theft by a very small minority of our students, Asda informed us that all Leek High students in years nine, 10 and 11 are banned from the store for a two-week period. This ban does not affect our sixth-form students.
“We are currently working closely with Asda to resolve this situation as soon as possible based on the very positive relationships we’ve had with the store over many years.
“School sanctions have been put in place for the few individuals concerned in agreement with the store management.”
Leek High pupils in years nine, 10 and 11 are still able to visit the store if they are accompanied by an adult over the two-week period.
The Asda in Springfield Road opened in 2011.