Mother furious as teachers fail to notice 9-year-old student who sneaked onto bus heading for a two-day school trip
L'evea Aitchinson's parents were furious when they found out that the teachers did not do a head count before leaving on the trip to Wales
A nine-year-old child from Manchester decided to sneak onto a school trip to North Wales and even made it almost half the way before teachers realized that she was there. L'evea Aitchinson's parents are now fuming at the teachers for not noticing that she was with them.
The parents are demanding answers from the New Moston Primary over how such an incident could have occurred. The year five student was able to change out of her uniform into her own clothes which she had secretly kept hidden in her bag. She joined her friends on the coach for the £150 two-night trip to the Kingswood Activity Center in Mold, north Wales. It is reported that no headcount was made at the start of the trip and L'evea went unnoticed.
Parents' fury with teachers after daughter, nine, managed to sneak onto school bus trip: L'evea Aitchinson, left, pictured with her mother Deletha Hughes, right, sneaked away from from class and joined her friends who were going on the £150 two-night… https://t.co/lZEkltdzng pic.twitter.com/0ODxISfnvU— Patrick (@cahulaan) September 25, 2018
The staff has now been made enlightened about the "correct procedures" for the school trips, according to the chair of governors. L'evea's mother Deletha Hughes who works as a receptionist revealed that, once her daughter was caught, the head teacher Rob Partington drove her back to New Moston and her father Graham was waiting for her at the school to take her home.
It is believed that the teacher Rob Partington was traveling alone and met up with the school coach at the service station. As reported by DailyMail, Deletha Hughes shared, "I got a call at 2 pm on Friday while I was at work saying L'evea was on the coach to Kingswood. I'm at work, I was panicking, I don't drive, I didn't even know where Kingswood is at that point. It's an absolute disgrace. I am still fuming about it".
"L'evea shouldn't have done what she did, and she's had a telling off for it. I've told her she won't be going on any more school trips now. But the school knew she wasn't going on the trip. How was she allowed to get changed out of her uniform into her own clothes without anyone noticing? How was she allowed to get on the coach without being spotted? Apparently, they just did a register and not a head count, and she just kept quiet so they didn't even know she was there. Anything could have happened to her without them realizing it," she continued. Deletha Hughes is preparing to make a formal complaint to the school.
The chair of governors at New Moston Primary School Carl Heatley shared, "A pupil register was taken on the coach just before it set off. Staff back at school realized the pupil had got on the coach and alerted the headteacher, who safely returned her to school before the end of the school day. We've since spoken to all staff to reinforce with them the correct procedures that must be followed without fail on all school trips".