Security stepped up after child managed to walk out of Carlisle infant school

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Kingmoor infant and nursery school
Kingmoor infant and nursery school

Security at a Carlisle school is being stepped up after a boy as young as four escaped through an unlocked gate.

The boy managed to leave the grounds of Kingmoor Nursery and Infant School in Lowry Hill "momentarily" before staff were alerted, the school has confirmed.

The school suspects a padlock on the gate may have been removed by vandals, adding that the Hether Drive site has been the victim of several incidents in recent weeks.

Worried parents have contacted a local councillor to raise their concerns.

A statement from the popular school states that children's safety is taken "extremely seriously".

Headteacher Zoe Turner wrote to parents immediately to inform them what had happened and what action was being taken.

It read: "Just to inform you that there was an incident this afternoon where a child was able to open the gate and access the path outside class one.

"This was noticed immediately by the class teacher and the child was safely returned to the classroom."

She continued: "All children have been reassured and reminded about the school boundaries and the gate was immediately secured.

"We are looking into this matter and will put in place anything required so that this incident never happens again."

Councillor Alan Toole, independent councillor for Belah on Cumbria County Council, represents residents.

He said: "A couple of mums have contacted me about this who are not happy.

"I'm quite appalled that a child should get out like that. The paramount concern has to be the safety of those children. It seems like someone hasn't checked the gate properly.

"I've already contacted the local authority and they've told me they're going to have a look at the safety of the school."

In a statement to the News & Star, the school said: "On Wednesday afternoon a child momentarily left the school premises through an unlocked gate.

"A member of staff nearby was notified immediately and the child was brought back onto school premises.

"The gate had been locked with a padlock and this appears to have been removed without permission. The padlock has since been replaced and staff have been reminded of the necessity to double check all gates before allowing children into the playground."

It added: "We take the safety of children at the school extremely seriously and wrote to parents on the same day informing them of the incident and committing to ensure it cannot happen again."

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someone   brokethelock , carlisle Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 at 10:33PM
so noone reading this thinking shouldnt the person who broke the lock (vandal) be in the wrong not just the school. that vandal endangered kids lives too with neglect to others when breaking the lock
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Shared   Concerns , CA7 Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 at 7:17PM
I think the local authority should look at a number of rural schools and their security - our local school has no secured gates and it has been known that visitors can access the school without being stopped.
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checkout   brookest , carlisle Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 at 10:35PM
the main gate at brooke street is fairly open even after expressed concern. give the teacher her due the other day a absent minded parent let the toddler wander into the road when they was in side not paying attention and the teacher saved them.
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Ex   Pupil , Carlisle Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 7:56PM
As an ex-pupil there in the 90's how on earth did I survive being at that school, being able to jump the very small fence next to Hether Drive and on to the road. Wait, I had common sense and discipline as a child and knew right from wrong, which can't be said for a lot of children now after being wrapped in cotton wool by school teachers and parents alike...
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Ronnie   Oniel , Longtown Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 7:25PM
'escaped'
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Tom   Ponsonby , Cumbria Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 5:21PM
This keeps happening at this school. This is the same message that was given to parents when it happened before and nothing is changing. Does a child have to be injured or worse before this school does something?
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  , carlisle Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 4:43PM
Found both my girls about 4 yrs ago sitting next to 2 open gates with no teacher watching waiting for me there was a school party in the playground when i confronted head teacher was played right down by head teacher so dosent suprise me this happened not the first time wont be the last
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parent   , carlisle Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 2:12PM
HA HA never receive any letter from headteacher! thanks News and Star for updated me.
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Andy   , Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 1:30PM
Oh no, not AGAIN. Where were the staff?
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Concerned parent   , Carlisle Monday, 13 February, 2017 at 12:37PM
Yet again another bad headline for kingmoor infant school, two year ago a child got out and walked home, then our ofsted reports that were not very complimentary. We used to be a "outstanding" school, what happened????
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