Welcome to Corpus Christi
The October half term break is now upon us, and I am sure that staff and students are ready for a week off to recharge their batteries after a busy but successful start to the new academic year.
The trial in relation to the incident that occurred at the school in April 2014 is due to be heard at Leeds Crown Court on Monday 3 November, which is our first day back at school after the half term holiday.
We have spoken to students in all year group assemblies today to make them aware that there may be reporters outside the gates during the trial. As usual, students will be well supervised throughout the school day and we will ensure that students are able to enter and leave the grounds safely.
There are currently strict reporting restrictions in place in relation to this case, and we have reminded students that it is not appropriate to enter into any discussions about the incident or the court case on social media.
It is also important to remind you that there is still support available for your child, or indeed yourself, if needed. This continues to be a difficult time for many people at school and in the wider community, and the forthcoming court proceedings may bring about renewed upset and emotional strain. Leeds City Council has a 24 hour welfare helpline for parents and staff called ‘Help employee assistance’. The number is 0800 028 5149 and calls to this number are free of charge from landlines. The helpline can also be used by parents if they have any concerns about their child, and the HELP website is available for all family members to use www.leeds.helpeap.com .
In school we will have additional support in place after half-term from Leeds City Council and Catholic Care, to make sure that anyone with concerns or worries can get extra help and reassurance. If you have any concerns about your child please do contact us.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that our students attend school regularly in full school uniform and equipped to make good progress in all their lessons. I am immensely proud of the dignified and respectful way that our students and members of the wider community have conducted themselves since the incident, and I am confident that they will continue to be strong ambassadors for the school as we enter this next stage.
Mr S Mort