Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Probe over closed Penicuik school's sensitive files

An investigation has been launched after sensitive files about teenagers were left strewn around a special school when it closed last month.

City of Edinburgh Council staff were brought in to tidy documents at Wellington Residential School after the problem was highlighted.

The special school in Penicuik closed its doors at the end of last term because of dwindling numbers.

But staff left behind records and case notes of many of the pupils.

Not locked away

The residential school, which taught 13 to 16 year old boys, had been secured against trespassers.

However, the documents had not been locked away or stored elsewhere.

The council said that, as soon as the authority became aware of the problem, senior staff from the children and families department who had appropriate clearance were sent to secure and tidy the documents.

A spokesman for the Information Commissioner's Office said it was aware of the incident and was looking into the details.