Unthinkable? Well this school did: http://www.courier.co.uk/Cranbrook-...-spy-cameras/story-28672087-detail/story.html The school's headmaster, Dr John Weeds, said it was "regrettable" that it took the "unusual measure" The popular grammar – rated outstanding by Ofsted – hid devices to watch public spaces. The school's headmaster, Dr John Weeds, said it was "regrettable" that it took the "unusual measure" but did so to halt a spate of thefts. A spokesman for the National Union of Teachers criticised the move as "not acceptable", adding: "In ordinary parlance, I would say it is illegal." According to the Government's Information Commissioner's Office, when it comes to CCTV in schools management must adhere to data protection legislation – which forbids covert cameras. Dr Weeds said: "The school sought to protect students and staff by improving its security arrangements. This did include the use of covert equipment and we accept this was an unusual measure. We do not normally condone the use of covert equipment, but this was an exceptional situation and designed purely and simply to stop the thefts. "It is regrettable if the installation of the equipment in this case caused anxiety." The Head regrets the distress caused, but doesn't apologise. Is he right? Or should he & the school be prosecuted if this is, in fact, illegal?