High school fence to keep out vandals

PUBLISHED: 09:12 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:58 24 May 2010

A SCHOOL has been given permission to put a metal fence around its site to help fight a growing vandalism problem. Leaders of Court de Wyck Primary School in Claverham will put up a 2m high fence to try to fend off vandals and keep wandering pupils on the

A SCHOOL has been given permission to put a metal fence around its site to help fight a growing vandalism problem.Leaders of Court de Wyck Primary School in Claverham will put up a 2m high fence to try to fend off vandals and keep wandering pupils on the school grounds.Governors first considered the fence idea after a four-year-old girl walked out onto the busy Bishops Road last September.They hope the fence will also keep out hooligans who are damaging buildings and equipment.The plans were approved at a meeting of North Somerset Council's central area committee.In a report to councillors, one resident claimed the fence would make the school 'look like a prison'.But governor Liz Birch said at the meeting: "There is no effective physical boundary between the playground areas and the increasingly busy Bishops Road, enabling children to leave if they choose to do so."Another consideration was the huge increase in vandalism to both the school building and the play equipment and also the increase in hazardous litter found each day."Governors concluded that as safety of the children at our school is paramount, we must take steps to ensure that."It was agreed we should build a security fence around the perimeter of the school to replace the low-level fencing."Governors did not take this decision lightly. We canvassed parents and have their full support. We also contacted our neighbours and received no objections.

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