Mum’s horror as four-year-old ‘goes missing’ on first day at Leigh Park school

Jo Simmons and her daughter Isabelle Noakes ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151508-031)
Jo Simmons and her daughter Isabelle Noakes ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151508-031)
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  • Mum says four-year-old wasn’t there when she went to collect her
  • Youngster had just had her first full day at school
  • School says safeguarding procedures are very strict
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A MUM has spoken of her shock and panic after claiming her four-year-old daughter was missing after her first full day at school.

Jo Simmons said she went to collect her daughter, Isabelle Noakes, from Front Lawn Primary Academy in Leigh Park last Wednesday.

I was devastated by the fact that she wasn’t there. It’s her first year at school and such a big incident like this happens

Jo Simmons

But when she arrived, her daughter wasn’t there.

That led to staff searching the school grounds.

Front Lawn Primary Academy said it could not comment about the incident when contacted by The News.

Ms Simmons, 27, from Prospect Lane in Havant, said: ‘They told me to come in and sit in the staff room.

‘They were asking if there was anybody else who could have picked her up.

‘I was devastated by the fact that she wasn’t there. It’s her first year at school and such a big incident like this happens.

‘So many things were running through my head.’

Ms Simmons, who is 34 weeks’ pregnant with her fifth child, claimed school staff had gone back to her home to see if Isabelle was there.

Ms Simmons said her daughter was eventually found by secondary school students from nearby Havant Academy.

‘I was so happy to see her face,’ said Ms Simmons.

‘I was so happy it had ended so well rather than find out some bad news.

‘I gave her a big hug and lots of kisses. I wouldn’t let her go.’

Front Lawn primary has offered extra support to temporarily collect and Isabella and drop her at home at the end of the day.

But Ms Simmons said she didn’t want her daughter to return to the school.

‘If something was to happen again then I would feel guilty about sending her back,’ she said.

‘I have applied to other schools.’

A statement from Front Lawn Primary Academy said: ‘Like any good school, the safety of our pupils is of paramount importance and we have very strict policy on safeguarding procedures.

‘The school always take any potential report relating to safeguarding extremely seriously. Any reports are fully investigated and constantly reviewed.

‘If necessary, additional actions are taken to further build on the robust systems already in place.

‘The school’s safeguarding procedures and policies were assessed recently by Ofsted who graded the school good, reassuring parents that children are safe and secure while at the school.’