‘Cool off’ room angers parents

Terry Barlow, who claims his son was put in a room in isolation at Revoe Primary School (below).
Terry Barlow, who claims his son was put in a room in isolation at Revoe Primary School (below).
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PARENTS of children at a Blackpool school which is at the centre of a childcare probe today hit out at the use of a room to calm down pupils.

Six members of staff at Revoe Primary, including headteacher Cath Woodall, were suspended on Monday following allegations a boy had been locked in a ‘cooling off room’ – used for pupils in isolation.

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool

It is believed Mrs Woodall was not on duty at the time of the alleged incident, which is thought to have involved the child threatening to stab himself and others.

Blackpool Council say the investigation comes after concerns were raised before the half-term holiday about the “professional judgement made by a number of staff in relation to pupil wellbeing.”

The use of a room to isolate pupils has come under fire from some parents.

Caroline Dyson claims her son Dylan Madderson, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, was put in a room in isolation last year when he was six years old.

The 31-year-old, of Erdington Road, Blackpool, said: “He can get quite aggressive but I don’t think he deserved that.”

Terry Barlow alleges his son, Jordan, was shut in a room during his last year at the school on Grasmere Road four years ago.

Mr Barlow, of Hereford Avenue in Marton, said: “One day I turned up to see my son, he was locked in a room.”

Louise O’Neill claims her son was so distressed while shut in a room four years ago, he threw a table and a chair at the walls.

She said: “He was eight-years-old, he was absolutely distraught.”

But Revoe mum Teresa Leahy said in more than 15 years of having children at the school, there has never been a problem.

She said: “I’ve had three children there, I can’t praise Revoe enough.”

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “We have asked anyone with complaints regarding Revoe Primary School to report it via the proper channels, in this case via the acting headteachers.

“We take allegations regarding pupil wellbeing seriously and will ensure all complaints are investigated.”

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