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Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Computers stolen from Great Missenden school

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A STRUGGLING Great Missenden school has been dealt a blow after it was broken into in the same week the Ofsted inspectors were visiting.

Currently in special measures, The Misbourne School is facing a technology headache after robbers broke in and stole 14 computers last week.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary at the arts and technology college between 8pm on Wednesday, March 2 and 7am on Thursday, March 3.

Associate headteacher Debbie Grimsdale said: "It was bad timing considering all the education cuts that are being made - these things are always bad timing though. 

"It hasn't caused us too many problems.

"Thankfully it is a big enough school to have the resources to cope until we meet to discuss replacing them."

The robbers forced entry to four buildings and stole 14 Dell laptop computers and a projector. 

Mrs Grimsdale added: "People are struggling financially at the moment so they have to find ways to supplement their income, break-ins like this can be a widespread issue.

"Several doors were damaged by the robbers as they made their way into the school. The 1,225-pupil school was put into special measures last November after being marked down for effectiveness and improvement.

An Interim Executive Board is now working to raise standards, Ofsted will continue to make regular visits to monitor the school's progress.The headteacher John Robinson recently pointed to "encouraging" mock results for year 11 pupils as a sign of good progress being made.

PC Roy Evans from Amersham police station, who is investigating the thefts, said: "The offenders in this burglary got away with a valuable haul of electrical goods.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the burglary and anyone who has been offered a cheap Dell laptop for sale."

Anyone with any information should contact PC Evans via 0845 8 505 505.Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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