Village school closed after “potential security threat” in early-morning email

A VILLAGE school is closed today after a “potential security threat” was received in an email to a member of staff.

Wyvern St Edmund’s Academy, in Laverstock, announced the closure on social media this morning (January 10), and Wiltshire Police has confirmed a search of the property is ongoing.

The message to parents and staff said: “Early this morning, Wyvern St Edmund’s Academy was alerted to a potential security threat through an email received by a staff member.

“Acting swiftly, the school, in collaboration with the (Magna Learning Partnership) trust, made the decision to remain closed for the day, allowing police and professionals to assess and ensure the safety of the premises.”

Details of the threat have not been disclosed, but the statement said there was “no evidence to suggest the threat is genuine”.

“The trust acknowledges the significant disruption this incident has caused to both students and staff and is treating the matter with utmost seriousness,” it went on.

“Remote learning plans have been put in place for students today and the school is actively cooperating with the police to re-open quickly.

“While there is no evidence to suggest that the threat is genuine, the trust emphasises the importance of treating such matters seriously.

“The goal is to re-open Wyvern St Edmund’s Academy to everyone on Thursday, January 11, pending clearance from authorities.”

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “We are working closely with staff at Wyvern St Edmund’s School in Laverstock, which has taken the decision to close today as precautionary measure, after receiving a threatening email.

“A search of the school building and grounds is underway to ensure that the premises are safe for pupils and staff before reopening.

“In consultation with the police, parents of pupils will be updated directly by the school with regards to reopening arrangements.”

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