A primary school has applied for permission to step up security at its front door.
St Stephen’s CE in South Meadow Lane, Preston wants to build an extension to its entrance hall to give reception staff more room to monitor visitors.
A planning application has gone in to the city council for a bigger area where better safeguarding checks can be made before people are allowed in.
Around 70 per cent of the 290 children on the St Stephen’s roll are from ethnic communities.
The school has pupils with 19 first languages, in addition to English. It also accommodates a wide range of after-school activities within the community.
According to documents submitted to the planning department, the current entrance hall is not thought to be large enough to adequately handle the flow of people going in and out of the premises.
The design and access statement for the project, which includes electrical security doors, says “additional security” is needed, as well as more space to reduce congestion at busy times.
“The proposed extension will produce a facility which will provide a secure holding/reception area,” says the statement.
“Currently the school serves a very diverse area. The current cohorts have 19 first languages other than English, with pupils originating from all over the globe. The school also serves an area which is in the top 205 most disadvantaged(in the country.)
“The proposed reception area will provide much required additional space for those parties attending the premises to undergo safeguarding checks prior to being allowed into the premises.
“The projected proposal will enable the receptionists to have more control over visitors to the premises and provide additional security to staff and pupils within the building.”
No-one from the school was available for comment.