Statement from the College Principal. Released Wednesday 3rd October 3.00pm
Dear Parents and Carers,
You will, no doubt, have heard that there was a serious incident on the Geneva site towards the end of lunchtime yesterday. A year 11 student was attacked by someone who came onto the College premises and left immediately afterwards. The attack involved a knife.
Given the timing of the incident I did not have the chance to communicate with parents and carers yesterday other than by way of the media and through the College website. I apologise for any alarm that this may have caused but there really was no alternative given the circumstances.
The student was taken by air ambulance to hospital (because there were no ambulance vehicles available at the time and not, I understand, because of the seriousness of his injuries). He was sent home from hospital at the end of the afternoon. The Police are investigating the attack and an arrest has been made.
Because this is a serious incident and the Police are involved I cannot say any more at this stage. I have asked staff to make sure that students do not talk about the details of the incident for obvious reasons. Some College students will be formal witnesses.
I know that students are much more settled now that they know that the student will make a full recovery. The Police have praised College students and staff for the mature and efficient way in which they responded.
We are all shocked that what we normally only hear about in the news has happened in our College. I shall be working with others to review College site arrangements in the light of the incident. I must emphasise that this is an ‘open’ College site and has been for many years. In this respect, it is very similar to most other secondary schools. Clearly, the new College site will have a higher level of security but until that opens we must do all that we can to ensure the safety and well being of each of our students.
I am very grateful to those parents who have contacted me and expressed their support for the College and their understanding about the situation. If anyone would like to speak to me directly about the incident please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Veronica Matthews (Miss)