Academy statement - Monday 26 March 2018

26th March 2018

National Church of England AcademyDear parents/carers,

Further to an allegation of an incident involving a National Church of England Academy student over the weekend, we would like to clarify the facts surrounding the issue:

  • One male student made and uploaded a video to social media from his bedroom where he appeared to make a threat towards students attending the academy on Monday
  • The National Church of England Academy was not named in the post
  • No other students were named or involved in the post
  • Once the video became public, it was immediately reported to the police. On Sunday afternoon they interviewed the boy and resolved the situation – the investigation is ongoing and the student is under police sanction
  • The academy were made aware of the incident late on Sunday morning, and we were in close liaison with police immediately

The academy takes any threats, spurious or not, very seriously and have taken the appropriate steps in line with our behaviour policies to discipline the student. As such, the student has been issued with the maximum punishment possible at this time and is NOT at the academy.

As this is an ongoing police investigation, we cannot issue any further details about the specifics of the incident. The police have however confirmed that following their initial investigation they are satisfied that this threat could not have been carried out.

The safety and security of all students at the academy is our number one priority. As a parent myself I would not have allowed students and staff to attend the academy today had there been any doubt that it was not safe to do so.

I would like to thank those parents who reported this matter to the police over the weekend when their children alerted them to it - it ensured the police could deal with this matter in a timely manner.

Martyn Jobling