Headteacher criticises ‘mindless’ vandalism as Gosport school is broken into

Brune Park School in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Brune Park School in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs

A HEADTEACHER has said it was a ‘hard day’ after a break-in forced a school to shut.

Brune Park Community School in Military Road, Gosport, was broken into with ‘damage caused to a number of areas’. It is due to re-open tomorrow.

Executive headteacher Ian Potter, from the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust, criticised those responsible for being ‘mindless’.

He said: ‘It has been hard for all connected with the school and the GFM to experience being a victim of this mindless crime, especially with the consequence being to close the school to students.

‘We are so grateful for the immediate responses of several agencies and the hard work of many this morning, enabling us to reopen tomorrow and carry on as usual.

‘We share the frustration and disappointment how the actions of a very few have impacted on the many.’

Parent Tammy Kent, 43 from Gosport, said whoever is responsible cannot be allowed to get away with it.

Her daughter, Kadi Kent, is in Year 7. Tammy said: ‘Kadi was running late when I saw the email, so I was quite lucky.

‘The worst thing for my daughter was that she finished her homework late last night so it would be in on time.

‘But what’s happened is concerning – I hope the perpetrators are caught, they can’t get away with it.’

Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hoook, said whoever is responsible are ‘morons’.

He said: ‘Mr Potter is absolutely right – it’s just vandalism from some morons with never think about the consequences of their actions.

‘My neighbour has twins in Year 7 and had to take the day off work, so it’s had a big impact on families across the borough.

‘There are children who want to go to school, better themselves and get a good education – but these idiots just don’t think about things like that.’

In an email sent to parents, the school confirmed ‘extensive damage’ had been done to the kitchen area, with staff unable to provide food facilities for students. The damage was discovered on Monday.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘At some time between 9pm on November 25 and 3.05am on November 26 offender/s forced entry.

‘Once inside they forced open the safe and stole a small quantity of cash. Further damage was also caused within the school.’

Call 101 quoting 44180442060.