Important Message From Mr Kelly, Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

Further to the earlier message issued by Higham Lane School, we can confirm that an incident took place this morning (June 13th) at the School in which a Higham Lane School pupil was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm.

Staff and Police responded promptly, the pupil was quickly isolated and the incident contained to ensure there was no risk to pupils or staff.

The pupil has been removed from the school site by the Police and the Police have confirmed that they are happy for the School to remain open as normal.

We reiterate that the incident was responded to very promptly by staff, who worked effectively with the Police.

The School will not be commenting upon this matter any further at this stage.

Media outlets should contact Warwickshire County Council's Communication Team on 01926 413727 for further information. 

PHIL KELLY, Headteacher

UPDATE

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is to reassure you that, following today’s incident (June 13th), you do not need to have any concerns regarding your child’s safety at Higham Lane School.

The safeguarding of our students is our priority and we dealt with this matter swiftly with Warwickshire Police.

Clearly the Police are investigating the background to this incident, but it is not believed that it is related to any terrorist activity or radicalisation. We believe this is an isolated incident and the Police are dealing with the matter.

I appreciate that you will be understandably concerned, but please be assured that we will continue to be vigilant and will take all necessary precautions to ensure our children’s safety.

There will be a lot of differing accounts on social media. These are unsubstantiated with the exception of the statement on the Warwickshire Police website and we would ask you not to engage with what is unfounded rumour and speculation which will only serve to increase anxiety.

Some parents were made aware of the nature of the incident prior to our communication with you. It was not intended to withhold information from you but rather not to unnecessarily increase your own concerns. We chose to share information once the Police had concluded their activities on the school site.

This is now a Police matter. If we have any further information, please be assured that we will contact you.

PHIL KELLY, Headteacher