The headteacher of Shenley Academy has issued a letter of reassurance to parents following an incident outside the school gates after school yesterday (Thursday 12th October).

Click to read Mrs Monk’s letter in full

In her letter, Lucy Monk says that no-one was harmed in the incident and Academy staff immediately returned students who were in the vicinity into school to ensure their safety.

West Midlands Police confirmed that they had been called just before 3.30pm when a pupil reported that they had been threatened with a knife outside the school gates.

Officers arrived within minutes but no offender was at the scene. Officers spoke with students and staff and checked CCTV footage.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Information has been received about a potential suspect and the enquiries are on-going.”

In her letter, Mrs Monk goes on to reassure parents that the school gates are staffed by members of the senior leadership team before and after school and that police officers will also be present today for extra reassurance and to answer any concerns.

She stresses that the school day will continue run as normal and all students should attend as usual.

Any parents with any concerns or any information about this or other incidents in the local community, can contact the Academy and ask to speak to a member of the senior leadership team.

Alternatively, anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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