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Pupil hurt as intruder gets into William Ellis School

Headteacher says incident was dealt with swiftly but security will be reviewed

23 September, 2017 — By Richard Osley

A PUPIL was hurt after a woman entered a secondary school yesterday (Friday) and began threatening and abusing staff.

Some reports said the intruder at William Ellis School in Highgate Road was armed with a knife, although the school said she was “apprehended within a short-time”. The intruder was removed by school and police were trying to trace her last night. Witness statements have been taken from children and teachers.

William Ellis headteacher Sam White said in a letter to parents that it had been a “serious incident” but also an “exceptional occurrence”, adding: “A middle-aged female entered the school by tailgating sixth-form students entering the building at 10.45 this morning. The alarm was raised immediately that a suspected intruder was on site and staff responded straight away.”

He added: “She was threatening and abusive to some of our students and staff, and caused minor injuries to a year
ten boy and some damage to school property… As far as I am aware she is not known to anyone in the school community. The police are investigating the incident and some staff and students have provided statements.”

He said security had been improved at the school with a new entrance but Mr White added: “Never the less this intruder was able to get into the building today and we will be reviewing arrangements for sixth form entrance and exit to the building.”

Police said there had been no arrests but enquiries were continuing.

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