Letter to Parents


Dear Parents,

As part of our ongoing security reviews the school receives regular updates from the City police and other security advisors such as NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) and Mark and I regularly attend training on such matters.  One of the recommendations has been that all schools should regularly practise a full lockdown procedure and this is something that Cognita wish all their UK schools to carry out.  The purpose of a lockdown procedure is to practise how we will keep the children safe should an intruder enter the building, although as you are aware, such an eventuality is highly unlikely to happen at Charterhouse Square as we don’t have grounds or a large site – the one time this is to our advantage! The situation is also much improved now that the office is on the ground floor.

We plan to carry out our first lockdown procedure tomorrow afternoon.  As a school we won’t be discussing terrorism, intruders or anything of a nature that could potentially worry the children. We will be describing the exercise as keeping safe should an animal escape from the zoo and it will in effect be a giant game of hide and seek.

Please be assured that it is highly unlikely that we will ever need to implement a real lockdown, in the same way that we will probably never need to use our fire evacuation plan due to the lack of kitchens on site, but I know you all appreciate how important it is that we have procedures in place.

Of course if you have any questions then please do let me know.

Best wishes,



020 7600 3805