SCHOOLS Crumbling classrooms - and unwelcome wildlife

State school heads worry about outside lavatories and whether windows will come crashing down on their pupils' heads, according to a survey released yesterday. For one independent school head, meanwhile, the main concern is that moles are ruining the cricket pitches and passing deer demolishing the rose bushes.

Leaders of the Secondary Heads Association were asked to report on the state of their school buildings. State school heads reported such problems as windows and doors with frames so rotten that they would fall out if they were opened and lack of money to tackle vermin infestation.

However, one independent school head complained: "Moles and rabbits are under our pitches. badgers and foxes can't read the `No dogs allowed' notices and are not good at using the lavatories. Deer eat the rose bushes."