You may be aware that over the last week or so schools within the City and area were evacuated due to a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax. This follows a number of hoax calls that have led to school evacuations and closures in schools in the Black Country. Please be assured that these calls were all hoaxes and there was no genuine bomb threat. Such incidents are extremely rare, and it is important that we don’t over-react, or spread panic, especially to our children!
However, it is wise to have emergency procedures in place. In the event of an incident such as the one that faced other schools, or any other incident when the safety of the children is threatened, we will be guided by the emergency services, and will work closely with them. We do have emergency lockdown and evacuation procedures in place, in case there isn’t time to take advice. I am satisfied that these procedures are appropriate, but in the light of recent events, they are under review, and we are taking external advice to ensure that we have procedures that are workable and fit for purpose. We are working closely with our partner schools on this.
In emergency situations, we will keep you updated as promptly and as often as we can, via the website, text messages and/or Twitter, depending on the facilities available to us. You can help us in three ways:
Once again, to reiterate, the possibility of danger to your child is very, very small. We just wanted to reassure you that we do have plans in place to take appropriate action in the unlikely event it is needed.