Outdoor area at Westfield School ruined by teenage vandals

Pupils and staff at Westfield School in Fraserburgh were shocked and upset on Monday morning to discover the school's wooded area has been completely vandalised.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 11:14 am

The school supports pupils from birth to post 16 with a range of needs including some with severe and complex additional support needs.

Over the last two years staff, parents and several members of the community have contributed and worked hard to create an exciting outdoor area for pupils to enjoy.

It was upended the previous weekend, but this week the area was found to be ruined.

The mud kitchen, shelter, swing, bridge, seating and bug hotel (which was built less than a fortnight ago) were all in pieces, and have been mostly broken beyond repair.

CCTV picked up a group of eight or nine male and female teenagers around the back of the school and in the woods.

Head teacher Kerri Dalton said: “We have never had a problem with young people making use of the different areas around our school, but this becomes an issue when things are destroyed.

“We have been saving and planning other outdoor opportunities for our pupils to take part in, but this is making us re-think.

“Please speak to the young people in your family, on behalf of myself, pupils and staff to make sure that they are not part of the small group who are doing this.”

The vandalism comes in the month the school is supposed to be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

It was opened in May 1971 with five classrooms, an assembly hall, technical and home economics rooms and a swimming pool.

In September 1977, three additional rooms were added, and it has recently undergone extensive renovations following on from those that began in 2013

To commemorate the school is putting together a video with pictures and reminiscences from current and past pupils, parents and staff.

Depute head Sue Baxter said: “If you would like to contribute, please email [email protected] or call 01467 536776 and leave a message.

"You can send in written memories or photos, which we will return, or we can talk – either in person (socially distanced) or via Skype/Zoom.”