School head defends CCTV

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A HEADTEACHER has defended the use of CCTV in his school.

Chichester High School for Boys has revealed it has CCTV in the pupils’ toilets to enhance the ‘safety and security of the school community’.

The discovery came to light after Big Brother Watch, a civil liberties campaign group, revealed more than 200 school in the UK are using CCTV in toilets or changing rooms.

Gavin Salvesen-Sawh said: ‘The school has had CCTV for a number of years. We have extended the CCTV system, in line with our safeguarding and security protocols.

‘The school has a camera in two toilets, but these cover only the communal areas. The reason for this is that we have a duty of care throughout the whole school day in terms of supervision. Especially at break and lunchtime, rather than have a member of staff on duty in a toilet area, we can “supervise” by CCTV in the communal areas.’