NEW gates and railings are set to be installed at a school in York to stop racegoers using its grounds to relieve themselves.

Plans lodged with York Council would see gates, wire mesh and metal railings installed around the upper school site of All Saints RC School, in Mill Mount.

Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, which runs the South Bank school, stated in its plans problems with revellers using the school premises to urinate were well-documented.

Council assistant education director Maxine Squire stated in a letter supporting the plans that the site was currently very open and easy for intruders to get into.

Maxine SquireMaxine Squire

It comes after York Central MP Rachael Maskell raised concerns about people getting into the site two years ago when calling for funding for the school to be rebuilt.

Ms Maskell told the Commons the behaviour of inebriated racegoers intruding on to the site posed a safeguarding risk to pupils.

She added pupils were being taught in stables not fit for horses and in former aircraft hangers that were too cold in winter and too hot in summer.

The Department for Education awarded funding to upgrade school buildings in December 2022.

The school is split across two sites, with the Lower site for years seven to nine on Nunnery Lane.

The upper site, for years 10, 11 and the school’s sixth form, is in Mill Mount on the way to York Racecourse from the railway station.

Rachael Maskell has raised concernsRachael Maskell has raised concerns (Image: supplied)

The application stated the installation of fencing and railings would have no direct impact on the school’s listed buildings.

Assistant Director for Education Ms Squire’s letter stated the plans would deal with the issues in an appropriate and proportionate way.

The official said: “The upper site has a number of vulnerabilities around security and safeguarding.

“Ensuring children and young people are able to learn in a safe environment is an important priority.”