INFORMATION REGARDING SCHOOL EVACUATION – TUESDAY 11TH JULY 2017
This morning, the school carried out routine checks of the school grounds, as it does daily in the interests of site security and pupil safety. We can confirm, this morning a small device was found near to the playground, and as a positive precaution of safety, the school immediately called the police (999 call) to safely remove and dispose of the item.
The school initially went into lockdown in the hall, due to the location of the device. This meant the usual evacuation point was not suitable. Once the school had planned an alternative exit route that was safe, the school was evacuated using the off-site procedures and evacuation policy, to the local church and village hall. Police were on site and their checks have revealed that the item was a not a live device and it was dismantled. After discussion the police issued a statement to say school was safe for pupils. This was then shared with the local authority and I. The incident was resolved quickly and pupils have returned to school at 10.55 and lessons continued at 11am as normal. At no stage was there a risk to their safety. All children who have school meals were given a lunch as usual today, as we had made emergency arrangements during the evacuation.
Tomorrow, a whole school assembly for Year 1 to 6 will take place to inform children of how we keep them safe and to answer any questions they may have. I will lead this assembly. We will also address any incidental discussions in class as part of our citizenship curriculum daily for the next two weeks and then in line with our curriculum pathways. All individual parents will be privately informed, if we feel your child is particularly sensitive and requires further support due to the incident.
Currently I can confirm that children are happy, safe and well. The school will continue to follow all of our successful policies and procedures and extra vigilance will be given to site checks daily. The governing body will also meet for an emergency meeting today to review procedures and current risk assessments.
Thank you as always for supporting the school
Mrs Knowles and the Team