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School Closure - 23rd May 2016

posted 23 May 2016, 07:09 by Ringmer Primary

Dear Parent & Carers

First, I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding this morning. Your support in collecting your children promptly and calmly was much appreciated.

Secondly, as Governors, we would like to congratulate Mr Evans and his staff on ensuring the safety of the whole school team in difficult circumstances.

Following a serious security alert (bomb threat) this morning, the alarm was raised and staff and children were evacuated to Ringmer Community College.

A thorough search with the police deemed the school safe for us to return this afternoon but it was not appropriate or practical for us to re-open the school for the children. At this time the staff involved are still giving their statements to police.

Our thanks go to RCC for their help and support during the alert. They enabled us to maintain complete safety of the children and even provided lunch for the remaining children and staff.

Our task this afternoon is to review our crisis management plan as we would always expect to do after an incident like this.

We have subsequently discovered that a number of schools up and down the UK have had similar threats today and took similar action in response. We are confident there is no threat to the school and we will be open as normal tomorrow.

Anne Franklin

Chair of Governors