Similar to a number of schools across the UK, five schools in Merton were affected by security alerts this morning.
Ricards Lodge, Ursuline High School and Wimbledon College were evacuated as a precautionary measure and temporarily moved to neighbouring sites while police searched the premises. Students have now returned to school. Harris Academy Merton which also received a threat, took the decision to close. Bishop Gilpin Primary School which backs onto Ricards Lodge School, temporarily closed and will reopen this afternoon. Parents were kept updated using the parent communications messaging service.
Councillor Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Education said: “The safety of students is our schools top priority and once again I applaud both the staff and the students for the exceptional way in which they conducted themselves. We worked closely with our schools to ensure everyone’s safety and will be meeting with the police to thoroughly investigate events that occurred this week.”