South Yorkshire high school issues terror advice letter to pupils ahead of London trip

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Letter sent home to pupils (s)
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Pupils at a South Yorkshire high school have received letters on what to do during a terror attack ahead of a school trip to London.

Year 10 GCSE media pupils at Saint Pius X High School had been due to go on a school trip to London today, Thursday June 8.

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However, after the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the school said they have decided to review their plans and security procedures.

Pupils who said they still wanted to go on the trip were sent home with a letter from the school advising them what to do in the event of a terror attack .

The letter includes the police warning to the public 'run, hide, tell' in the event of a weapons or firearms attack.

Pupils were also told that what to do during a armed police response and were given advice on what officers may do during the incident.

Letter sent home to pupils (s)

Letter sent home to pupils (s)

The letters states that officers may "point guns at you, treat you firmly, question you, be unable to distinguish you from the attacker".

Head teacher Sue Smith said: “This is a trip we do to London every year at this time for our Year 10 GCSE media pupils.

"However this year there are unprecedented circumstances which is why we took the decision to review the plans.

“This included asking parents if they still wanted the trip to go ahead – 37 out of 40 said yes, and on the back of this we sent the parents and pupils our letter explaining there were heightened security risks at this time in London, not only because of the General Election, but because of the recent terrorist attacks.

“We take the safety of our pupils and staff extremely seriously and we want to make sure we have taken every possible precaution we can, a position which has been welcomed by our parents.”

In the letter, the school also said that a planned visit to the London Eye would not take place but an alternative activity would be provided.

The visit also coincides with Election Day with the school warning that there would be "increased security in and around London to minimise any potential threat to the public".

The letter states: "At all times students must follow instructions, comply with searches and take security seriously.

"During the day students will only be allowed to take a small bag or backpack containing essential items."