04/04/2011 02:24 PM
A search was launched after the two girls walked out of Eden Park primary school, in Brixham, during class time last Monday (March 28th), the Herald Express reports. They were found a mile away from the school wandering and picking daffodils an hour later.
Headteacher Ken Kies said the school took full responsibility for the incident and had launched a full investigation.
He said that because a water company had been carrying out work on the school's site since October, school fencing that would normally be in place had been taken down to allow for the work.
"[A] system should have been in place to ensure we still had adequate levels of security, but it has been challenging because of the flood relief work," he told the newspaper.
He added: "The school is on a very big site and although we normally have fencing in place to stop children going to the car park, they could feasibly walk around to the junior playground and there would be a way through there to the car park."
Mr Kies said the school was considering new security fencing to stop children accessing the car park.
In its 2010 Ofsted inspection, the school was praised for having "numerous good and outstanding features" and offering a "vibrant and innovative" curriculum.