Heathfield Community College re-opens after shock vandalism
Over the weekend Heathfield Community College in Heathfield, East Sussex was subject to trespassers in the early hours of Sunday morning. As a result, there was significant damage to school property across the site. The damage was physical and potentially put students at risk of harm. Parents received email communication to confirm the impact of the incident on school life.
“The Police have been in attendance; Scene of the Crime Officers have evidence and are investigating. Many of the Senior Team and the Premises Staff were on site all day Sunday, working to physically repair the damage. Unfortunately, despite best efforts, with the time available and the range of repair needed the College was not able to open on Monday. is not yet suitable for students to return to today. But we fully expect to be open as normal on Tuesday”. commented Caroline Barlow, Head Teacher
Luckily the College is well equipped for students to be able to work remotely. All students were able and expected to log on to Firefly at 9am and follow the clear instructions from staff. In addition, Super Curricular launched this week and tasks relating to this were also available. Full completion of work was expected.
“The College will be in communication with the police as the investigation is ongoing and do not currently intend to give any further details that give greater focus to a single negative action or detract from the powerful positive nature of the Heathfield community and achievements of our students. We are thankful for the many messages of support; the College is a thriving, inclusive, optimistic environment and we know our students and parents will support us to ensure that ethos is as resilient as ever as we conclude a hugely successful half term.” confirmed Caroline Barlow.