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Today's Evacuation: School Open Tomorrow


Dear Parent, Carer or Friend of St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School,

Today we were forced to evacuate the school at 12:40 pm due to a non-serious chemical spill. I am pleased to say that, as of 5:45 pm the fire and rescue services have left the building and we will be open tomorrow at the usual time. This decision has been taken in consultation with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and SPiE, our facilities management company, prioritising the safety of all in the school.

Our priority in dealing with this incident was the safety of all in the school, particularly the pupils and students. The Fire and Rescue Service attended and dealt with the initial incident - we are now in the process of cleaning-up. The safe supervision and evacuation of 1200 adults and young people is never straightforward, however the situation was made easier by the excellent response from staff and our onsite team; the prompt assistance and professionalism of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; the patience and understanding of many parents, carers and members of the local community; and the excellent conduct and co-operation of our pupils. My thanks to all of those mentioned above who ensured that a very challenging and potentially dangerous matter was handled calmly and effectively over a two and half hour period. My apologies to any parents or carers who were inconvenienced, however we acted to ensure that appropriate safeguarding measures were followed at all times.

Under the instructions of the Fire and Rescue Service no-one was permitted to enter the building during the incident other than to assist in managing the situation. Consequently, I am aware that some pupils will have left the school today without a number of personal items (such as bags and items of uniform) and would like to reassure you that they are secure overnight. Pupils who left school without uniform are permitted to attend tomorrow in their own clothes and will be afforded time to change in the morning. Local bus companies have said that they will allow St. Ambrose Barlow pupils who normally use the bus services to do so without passes tomorrow morning.

The planned post-Ofsted meeting has been rearranged to take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 6.00 pm. Tomorrow's Parents' Evening for Years 11 and 13 will take place as normal.

Thank you for your support.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Davis

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