The whole school community was devastated to discover that one of our Year 10 pupils, Megan Hurley, was killed in the atrocity in Manchester on May 22nd. Our thoughts are with Megan's family and friends. We also send our best wishes to Bradley, Megan's older brother and former Halewood student, who was seriously injured.
Megan was a lovely, popular girl who had many friends at the school. She was a friendly and well-mannered student who was always happy to chat with staff. She was progressing particularly well in science, geography and photography and was looking forward to doing her work experience in a nursery or school later this term.
This has been a devastating time for staff, students and parents. We took the decision to keep school open. It was evident that many parents were sending their children into school because they felt safe here and needed support from each other and from staff. It was also important to me that school remained open so that we gave a clear sign to terrorists that they cannot stop us living our day to day lives. I have to say the spirit shown by students and staff in school has been incredible.
Since we were informed of the news the school has provided support to any students who have needed it. Our Pastoral staff and Counsellors as well as colleagues from Wade Deacon and Knowsley have been in school to ensure that support is available across the academy.
Halewood is a strong community and we need to be at our strongest now to be there for each other and, in particular, to be there for the family. I know I can depend on our students to be there for each other and on you, our parents and carers, to provide them with the support they need.
Principal, Halewood Academy
Letter to parents/carers Monday 26 June
If anyone needs help and support, please call one of the following helplines;
Cruse Bereavement Care: 0844 477 9400
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Mental Wellbeing Advice - click HERE
You can also contact -
SAMARITANS 0845 90 90 90 (calls charged at a local rate) http://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us
The Peace Centre
Peace Drive, Warrington
Cheshire WA5 1HQ
Tel: 01925 581 231
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