Fence boosts high school security

DELIGHTED: Headteacher Piers Tolson at the gates
DELIGHTED: Headteacher Piers Tolson at the gates

A long-running saga at a Leyland high school to improve security on their site is coming to an end.

Wellfield Business and Enterprise College on Yewlands Drive, is celebrating after its two year battle for fencing for both front and back gates on the site was successful.

Headteacher Pier Tolson said: “The project finally started in early November and has been slow and hindered by the cold weather in December.

“We have been waiting patiently and I am pleased that there is now and end in sight.

“The front and back gates are in place and the final parts of the internal fencing closer to the school buildings are the last parts of the project.”

The Guardian reported back in October last year that the school was installing the gates to keep intruders out of the school after their opening hours.

The announcement comes after school bosses were forced to fork out £2,000 to repair damage when thieves got on to the school grounds and stole lead from the roof last summer.

Mr Tolson added: “This will ensure that the school is a safer and secure environment for their students and staff to learn and teach.”

As part of the installation the school wanted to save the historical stone pillar heads from their front entrance on Yewlands Drive and these have now been given a new home.

Mr Tolson said: “The boys and girls pillar heads that were a visual part of our 75 year history have been removed and safely placed in our quad garden area in the heart of the school.

“It is hoped the local residents will also appreciate the new fencing and gates as they secure the area around the school.

“The governors have been eager to see an end to the project.

“It has taken over two-years in planning by the local authority and school.”