1.8m fence to be erected around Dales primary school

Askrigg Primary School.

A 1.8m wire fence is to be erected around a Dales primary school.

The fence will be installed around Askrigg School to keep children in and intruders out, a letter sent out to residents of the village states.

The letter says the decision has been taken by the headteachers and governors.

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The green mesh fence will be installed around three sides of the school.

The letter says the fence will be installed to address two issues – the risk of pupils absconding from school and the risk of intruders.

It adds: “I hope the erection of the fence does not cause any issues for you.

“It will be installed professionally and it is green in colour as we attempt to keep it as in-keeping with the landscape as popular.

“We have consulted with Yorkshire Dales National Park re any planning permission required but the installation falls within ‘permitted development’ criteria and doe not require a formal planning application.”

No date has been set for the fence’s installation, however it is hoped it can be in place by the end of the summer holidays.

A similar fence was installed around the grounds at The Wensleydale School last year.


  1. I have been involved with this building since 1951, when I was a pupil there. More recently for 13 years as a Grandparent and local resident. We have not received a letter about this, but it seems to be a very extreme measure and will spoil the appearance of the building.

  2. How many intruders have the school had to date ,
    What number of children have walked out of school,because of there being no fence.
    If answer to these questions,is none,then what a complete waste of money.

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