Dear Parents and students,

Today there was a very small fire on the top floor of the building which was quickly put out. The school building was evacuated and the fire drill followed. The fire service was in attendance and dealt with the situation very promptly. The fire activated our sprinkler system which meant that the electrics had to be turned off in the school and so we made the decision to close the building and send students home.

No student was sent home without parental permission and I would like to thank you for your patience when collecting your children. We would like to thank parents who responded so promptly to the message about this incident. Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of responses we were unable to reply individually to parents.

We are sorry that we were not able to serve lunch during the incident today, due to the power being cut off.

I would like to reassure all parents that the incident today has been fully investigated and resolved. I know that the evacuation may have been unsettling for some students but the Fire Service said that they were very impressed with the way the students and staff handled the evacuation which made their job far easier. Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

Unfortunately, as there is some water damage in the school we cannot open tomorrow (Thursday 6th November) as we will not be able to restore the electrics until we have the all clear from the surveyors.

I apologise for the learning lost and encourage students to complete tasks on ‘Show my Homework’ and ‘Sam Learning’.  I will update the website tomorrow but I hope that we will be able to re-open as normal on Friday.

Some students were unable to collect their bags today. They will not be able to access the main building tomorrow but all bags that were left in classrooms will be transferred to the sports centre where students can collect them if they need to. Bags will be kept secure and we strongly advise students to collect them only if this is absolutely necessary. They will be available for collection in the sports centre from 10.00 am on Thursday 6th November.

We wish to inform you that due to the school closure we will also have to postpone our Post 16 open evening and all school events scheduled for tomorrow. This event will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced shortly.

Beth Honnor

Headteacher