Wiltshire

Marlborough primary school pupil, 4, 'walked home alone'

A mother from Wiltshire has complained to a school that her four-year-old son walked home alone.

Harley Oakey should have been at an after-school club at Ogbourne St George and St Andrew Primary, Marlborough.

His mother, Louise Lawrence, said it "baffled" her that no other parent saw him during the five-minute walk.

Head teacher Anne Normington declined to be interviewed but in a statement said "pupil safety... is of course a priority".

'Proper apology' sought

"We have and will continue to talk to the family about what happened and we will happily speak to any concerned parents," the school statement said.

Ms Lawrence said if she had seen a four-year-old child, especially one of the reception children without a parent or guardian, she would have asked "where's Mummy or Daddy?"

"I'd like her [the head] to have a proper apology for me and assure me and and the other parents that it's not to happen again and that the children there are safe," she said.

The school was rated as "good" by Ofsted during a full inspection in November 2009.

It has about 80 pupils aged between four and 11.

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