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School Closure Statement - 24th May 2016


Dear Parents


As you know today Oldway School was closed.


The reason for the closure is that we received a phone call claiming that a bomb had been left on the school site.


Following guidance from the Police, the school was immediately locked-down. The Police arrived at school and we were told that they classed the threat as 'standard', meaning that they would not insist on school closure, but would leave the decision with us.


The first priority of any school must be to keep its children safe. For this reason, the decision was taken to close the school and all parents were contacted. We did not mention anything about the threat at this stage in order to avoid un-necessary panic.


Our staff reacted quickly, calmly and professionally. You, our parents, responded quickly, were helpful and understanding. 


School will open again tomorrow, as normal.


With over 680 children on site, it takes a long time to contact all parents, so we sent a text in the first instance, followed by contacting parents by telephone if their children had not been collected. We also put a message to parents via Twitter and the school website to reach you as quickly as possible.


Thank you to all of you for your patience and understanding. As a parent myself, I know that should there be a similar threat at my own children's school, I would want my children removed from any risk, whether real or imagined. I am sure you will be pleased that we put your children's safety before all else and thank you and our staff again for your excellent, positive attitude and understanding.


I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning when school resumes as normal.

Best wishes

Stewart Biddles