10th December 2012
I write to alert all parents to an incident after school on Friday. One of our Year 7 students was on her way home when she was approached by a stranger. The student was taking her usual route home via the pathway which starts outside school and leads up to the Co-op. As she neared the end of the path a middle-aged man approached her, asked her if she knew the way to a particular street and, when she said she did not know it, asked her to help him find it. The student ran off. The incident was concerning because this is a walking route which many of our children take. The student left school a little later than usual, normally walks home with friends and was only away from them for the last part of the walk. The police were informed on Friday.
We have repeated our advice to children today: walk to and from school in groups; don’t talk to or accept lifts from strangers; report any suspicious incidents. I would be grateful if parents could back this up. In particular, if children are staying after school for any reason (sports, rehearsals, revision) can parents please ensure the children are either picked up or walk home in groups. Thank you for your help with this.