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Wakefield Grammar School Foundation pleads guilty to fire safety offences

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) brought a prosecution against Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and its former fire risk assessor Doctor James Gibson.

At a hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court today guilty pleas were entered to the following charges:

Dr Gibson, 65, who lives in Leeds, pleaded guilty to failing to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment – premises known as Wakefield Girls’ High School, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Mulberry House Nursery School – between February 16th 2017 and 11th March 2017.

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation pleaded guilty to failing to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment – Wakefield Girls’ High School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School – between February 16th and March 11th 2017.

The foundation also pleaded guilty to failing to take general fire precautions – Wakefield Girls’ High School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School – between 16th February and 11th March 2017.

The case was committed for sentence at Leeds Crown Court on January 10th, 2020.