How was this child allowed to wander off from school on his own?

Gillas Lane Primary School, Houghton, Sunderland.
Gillas Lane Primary School, Houghton, Sunderland.
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GOVERNORS are to investigate how a five-year-old was able to wander away from school premises by himself.

The Echo reported earlier how the infant pupil left Gillas Lane Primary School, in Houghton, at the end of the school day.

A guardian of the child had contacted the school to ask if teachers could keep him there, as they would be late in collecting him.

But a mix-up meant he walked away from the school site alone.

He was found upset and confused in a nearby street by a passing driver less than half-an-hour later.

Terry Hambleton, headteacher at Gillas Lane Primary, said that procedures at the school had been reviewed to ensure there was no repeat of the incident, which happened on Wednesday, June 20.

A formal complaint was made to Sunderland City Council, and it has now been confirmed that governors will look into exactly what happened.

Councillor Pat Smith, cabinet member for children’s services at the authority, said: “Schools have well-established procedures in place to ensure the safety and well-being of children in their care at all times.

“This includes robust arrangements around the collection of children from school at home time.

“The council has undertaken work with the school to establish the exact circumstances of this case, and is satisfied with the immediate and subsequent action taken to review and reinforce the procedures for the collection of children from school.

“A formal complaint regarding the incident has been lodged with the school’s board of governors, which is now investigating the incident.”

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