QUESTION: If one school contains 1,500 pupils, how many CCTV cameras will it take to track their every move?
That’s the number of hi-tech surveillance devices installed at Huntington School in York.
Which is 38 more than the local council have to keep watch over the whole of York city centre.
Our revelation comes as hundreds of schools across the country install campus cams to keep a close eye on their pupils and staff.
Some are capable of eavesdropping on conversations and have cameras powerful enough to pick up writing in exercise books.
The scheme is intended to combat vandalism, truancy and bullying, but critics fear the creeping Big Brother policy sees children increasingly subjected to intrusive monitoring.
Alex Deane, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “It’s disgraceful that schools feel the need to subject their children to camera surveillance throughout the day.
“Research shows that pupils who feel under suspicion are more likely to play up in school.”
Huntington School confirmed it now operates 113 cameras in “outside locations and inside locations, mainly in the corridors and high risk areas.”
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It added: “We don’t have cameras in changing rooms, toilets or rest rooms.”
The secondary school also admits parents were not informed when the system was upgraded 18 months ago.
Huntington School campus manager Jeff Poole said: “The system is compatible with the local constabulary. If we have any incidents on site and they request a copy, it automatically plays on their system.”
All the other nine schools neighbouring Huntington have cameras fitted, including Fulford School, which has 52 cams on site.
This includes cameras in boys and girls toilets and “cloakrooms”. The school insists toilet cams focus only on hand basins and doorways.
South London school Stockwell Park High previously admitted installing 96 cameras – including two in each classroom – as part of its surveillance system.