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Last Updated: Thursday September 22 2005 17:29 GMT

Pupils' DVD shows safety worries

Joseph Leckie school toilets
Pupils at a school in the west Midlands have made a DVD to help them protest about the poor state of their school.

Children at the Joseph Leckie Technology Community College in Walsall told the schools minister they were worried their school wasn't safe.

They also handed Lord Adonis a DVD and a letter pointing out things like blocked toilets and failed heating.

Now the education minister has agreed to a meeting with some of the pupils and the people running their school.

The school was built in 1939 and it will cost millions to fix all the problems.

Money has been promised to the schools in Walsall as part of a government programme, but it won't be available until 2011.

The school's headteacher Mr Whittlestone said he hoped the meeting would mean money being made available to fix things more quickly.

But he is also worried that there is so much wrong with the school that it may be cheaper to build a brand-new one rather than repair the current buildings.

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