A BARNSLEY school has appeared on a national list named as one of the UK schools that has the most CCTV cameras installed per child.

Dearne ALC featured on a list of 54 schools published today as figures revealed it had so many CCTV cameras that it worked out to a ratio of one to every 15 children.

The figures, published by Big Brother Watch, show that there are more than 100,000 CCTV cameras in secondary schools and academies across England, Wales and Scotland - placed in locations including bathrooms and changing rooms.

A spokesman for Big Brother Watch said it was concerned for student's privacy.

He added: "The use of surveillance cameras in schools is perhaps one of the most sensitive uses of CCTV.

"From concerns about who is viewing the images to the broader question of acclimatising children to an environment where surveillance is the norm, it is not a topic to be taken lightly.

"Yet again CCTV appears to be used as a quick fix to much more complex problems and issues that simply cannot be solved with passive surveillance.

"We believe few parents will be aware of the true level of surveillance many schoolchildren are now under."

What do you think? Should CCTV be allowed in schools? As a parent, are you aware of it?