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Teachers warn of unsafe roll

The Educational Institute of Scotland has called for a health and safety audit at Scotland's largest state school. The move follows the rejection by the Secretary of State of the opt-out request by parents at the 250-pupil John Bosco Secondary in Glasgow, which will mean gradual amalgamation with Holyrood Secondary and a combined roll of more than 2,000 pupils.

Willie Hart, the union's Glasgow secretary, said Holyrood teachers had threatened to boycott classes over fears about overcrowding and security. Last month a man masquerading as a pupil snatched a teacher's handbag. A knife was later found although it is not known whether it belonged to the intruder.

A spokesman for Glasgow's education department said that health and safety audits were being carried out by EIS representatives as part of a campaign throughout Scotland. Any specific recommendations would be taken on board. Checks on visitors were introduced 18 months ago and bids to install a new closed-circuit television entry system costing Pounds 36,000 are being considered.

Finbar Moynihan, the school's headteacher, said the city council had responded to problems he had brought to their attention.

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