‘Draconian’ safeguarding criticised by high school

Sandbach High School has criticised the “drac-onian” safeguarding measures taken by the adjoining leisure centre.
The school’s headteac-her John Leigh said staff and pupils were “bemused and baffled” when they came back from their Christmas holidays to find a securely locked door between the school and the leisure centre.
Cheshire East Council said this week that it and Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust, which operates the leisure centre on behalf of the authority, had previously given permission for the school to use a “much safer and shorter route into school via an adjoining link corridor. They said that the school “has refused to cooperate” and   that after four months of “frustrating and ultimately fruitless negotiations”, the council had “been obliged” to introduce new access controls throughout the centre for the protection of the schoolchildren and the centre customers.

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