On Wednesday evening our school ICT team identified ransomware within our network. This situation has affected several business and educational organisations in recent days and weeks. We have acted quickly to keep any disruption to a minimum for our students and staff. After a late night of hard work, our school is open as normal today and our core services are in place in order to monitor attendance and keep our students safe.

We are following all best practice procedures in restoring our network and have reported the matter to the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre. We do not believe that any sensitive or personal information has been accessed or lost.

As you can imagine there are a significant number of school devices, including staff and student desktops that require checking and rebuilding. This will take some time and therefore this will have a significant impact on usual teaching and delivery throughout the rest of this week.

It is highly unlikely that student laptops have been affected unless they were being used in school yesterday. If you believe this is the case, please do not use the device and bring the laptop to the network office from Monday 26th April for checking. As a matter of course, we will check all other laptops later in the week.

The school office is open and able to take phone calls. However, it is likely that staff will not be able to pick up emails that you send directly to them. Please contact the main reception on 01386 442060 if you have an urgent query and colleagues will endeavour to resolve your enquiry as soon as is possible.

Many thanks for your understanding and we will update you if there are any significant developments.