Tesco lifts its ban on pupils

FIVE school children are being investigated by police following shoplifting and intimidating behaviour at a supermarket, their school principal has said.

Students from Kettering Science Academy (KSA) were barred from entering Tesco Express in Windmill Avenue, Kettering, following a spate of incidents.

But Tesco has now lifted the ban and bosses say they hope the issue has been resolved.

Martin Campbell, the school’s principal, said: “This is a large school serving a population of 1,400 students but the actions of a very small minority have tarnished its reputation.

“Tesco has lifted the ban because I think they realised that the vast majority of the students are a credit to the school, the community and their parents.

“Kettering Science Academy has worked hard to improve its reputation and the fact that this year we became an over-subscribed school is evidence of the belief of the community in its future and the students who attend.

“I am going to conduct an assembly on Monday to let the students know that I have faith in them.”

The decision had been made by the store’s manager but was sanctioned by the supermarket chain’s head office after students stole goods and threatened staff.

Parents of children from KSA told the Evening Telegraph this week they were disgusted with the ban.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re pleased to be moving forwards and hope this matter has now been resolved. The ban was only ever a temporary measure, as we will not tolerate intimidation of our staff or disruption for customers. We will continue to work with the school and monitor the new arrangements.”

The spokesman added the store is pleased the school is working with them and is happy to have lifted the ban.