Lockdown at Kingswood secondary school after ‘incident’ involving student

John Cabot Academy in Woodside Road in Kingswood was put into lockdown for about half an hour earlier today after an “incident” involving a student. The police attended.

In a statement on their Facebook page this afternoon JCA said: “At approximately midday today we became aware of a situation relating to an individual JCA student.

“As a result and to ensure the safety of that student and everyone else on site, we started the lockdown alarm so that nobody was moving around the academy.

“Established procedures were followed and additional support obtained to bring the situation to a speedy conclusion with no risk to anyone involved.

“The staff all responded extremely professionally and the students behaviour was exemplary throughout and all followed the lockdown rules we have practiced in our drills.

“As the incident happened at the start of the first lunch break, we agreed to have a new lunch plan for each year group so that everyone had time to eat.”

In tutor time this afternoon, students were being the opportunity to discuss the experience and provide feedback.

The school says that contrary to some reports on social media, no weapons were involved.

JCA is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, has more than 1,000 students.