Dear Parent / Carers
I would just like to point out how deeply saddened I am about the recent events in London and Manchester. The murder and maiming of innocent victims, young or old, is disgusting and despicable! No religion condones such heinous acts of violence against other human beings. We must hope and pray that terrorists realise that we will not let terrorism win.
Although the threat level is ‘Severe’ there is currently no government or police advice not to travel to major cities or through major travel hubs. In light of this and local authority advice, to be vigilant and have a well supervised trip with a robust emergency plan, the College will continue to operate as normal with regards to trips and excursions. However, the recent events in Manchester and London focus the mind on the reasons why we have robust plans and risk management for trips and enrichment activities to ensure we plan for every eventuality.
In a democracy, it is unfortunately true that absolute security is impossible when people are prepared to murder and maim innocent people, but the important thing is we mustn't cower, we mustn't allow the terrorists to succeed and to destroy our way of life, or to divide communities.
A headteacher's priority is the safeguarding of every young adult and their staff and that remains true, though I believe you will understand and support my view (and those of many of our politicians and prominent figures) which is concisely summed up by Dr Steve Maraboli when he wrote:
"Don’t let the evil actions of broken people define your view of our world! Don’t be terrorised into a diluted, hopeless reality.”
I know I can count on your continued support as we seek to provide our students with a rounded and fully comprehensive education.
Glenn Smith, Principal