Head Teacher defends cameras in school toilets

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HIGHFIELDS Head Teacher Eddie Wilkes has defended the decision to install CCTV cameras in toilets used by schoolchildren as young as 11.

The Matlock school is among 207 others across the country that has been identified by civil liberties campaigning group Big Brother Watch.

In new data published today, the group have condemned the practice and said that it raised serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren.

Mr Wilkes said the installation of ten CCTV cameras at Highfields School had followed extensive consultation with governors, students, parents and staff over where the school was planning to place cameras.

He said: “Whilst the entrance and exit areas to some toilets are covered, there are no private areas in the scope of the CCTV system. The school used the installation of cameras to reduce levels of damage done in these areas and also to tackle some bullying issues. They did have a positive impact on both fronts.”

Mr Wilkes added that the cameras had been installed ‘some years ago’.

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