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Lockdown and emergency procedures

16 June 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

In the light of recent terror attacks and local concerns about security, I wanted to communicate some important information to you about our preparedness for an emergency situation.

Schools are advised to have procedures to respond to various types of emergency that may occur at the school or on a school trip. These procedures are regularly reviewed and revised with advice from external agencies regarding best practice.

The Academy has a Lock Down Policy which all staff are familiar with. We have not shared this procedure with the Primary school children as we feel it is not necessary or appropriate with the age group though the Secondary children have had discussions in their ‘family time’ groups.

In addition, the London Church Schools (LDBS) have shared a ‘safe haven’ list of over 55 schools across London so that when pupils are on a trip in other parts of the City, they will have a safe haven available to them should there be a suspected or actual terror attack.  We also look to see where local churches are as an additional place that could be used to gather together.

Finally, as a relatively new build, the Academy has a good system of security doors and signing in. Please understand that the Receptionists will always ask you to sign in for meetings, during school hours. Please be understanding that these actions are designed to ensure the safety of your children.

It is important that you keep us up to date with any changes in contact details as we will use the text message service to communicate quickly with you in an emergency.  We have on occasion found it impossible to get in touch with anyone on the contact list when a child has been taken ill, so we would also ask you to ensure these contacts are up to date as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Luzmore
Headteacher
St Mary Magdalene Academy Primary

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