Blackpool school facing second inquiry

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.

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ANOTHER inquiry is underway at a Blackpool school already at the centre of an allegation over the care of pupils.

Staff from Blackpool Council are looking into an incident where two pupils left Revoe Community Primary without permission during a school day.

Police said staff at the school on Grasmere Road reported the children had left the premises but officers managed to return them minutes later.

The revelation comes after six employees at the school were suspended last week after it was alleged a child was locked in a cooling off room, used to put pupils in isolation.

Both incidents happened before the half-term holiday but are not connected.

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “I can confirm that, at the request of the chairman of governors at Revoe Primary School, council officers have been looking into an incident before half term in which two pupils left school grounds during the school day.

“This incident is being treated with the utmost seriousness and is in no way connected to the suspensions of six staff members.

“We have no reason to believe the children concerned came to any harm as a result of the incident.

“Inquiries are ongoing and, as such, no one from the local authority will be making any further comment at this stage.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We had a report from the school around 11.40am on February 6, reporting that two children had left the school premises.

“An officer returned the children minutes later and the officer later visited the parents.”

Read previous stories from The Gazette on this subject:

’COOL OFF’ ROOM ANGERS PARENTS

KNIFE THREAT BLAMED AS STAFF SUSPENDED

SIX PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF SUSPENDED

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