Calderdale schoolchildren in London safe after terrorist attack

Coun Tim Swift.
Coun Tim Swift.

Children from four schools in Calderdale who were visiting the capital as part of school projects are all safe following a terrorist attack yesterday afternoon.

More than 50 children from Luddendenfoot Academy, Siddal Primary School, Field Lane Junior and Infant School, and Cliffe Hill Community Primary School were in London on Wednesday while an attack took place that has resulted in four deaths.

The Luddendenfoot pupils were visiting the Houses of Parliament but Calderdale Council's cabinet member for children and young people's services confirmed that all were safe.

Coun Megan Swift said: "It is a tragedy but we have been very lucky. We are safe and we are really grateful. It would be hard for anyone who is a parent to other think any any other way."

Parents of the Calderdale children have been informed and have the option for their children to remain in London for the remainder of their trip or be picked up.

It is understood that many of the children were going to attend a Harry Potter event today (Thursday). The pupils from Cliffe Hill will return home as scheduled.

The union flag will fly at half mast at Halifax Town Hall tomorrow as a mark of respect for the victims of today's tragedy.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said: "We were very relieved and that all our children were okay and we are just looking to make sure if the schools need any more support that it is offered.

"Our deepest sympathies go to anyone who has been affected by this tragedy and the families of the people who lost their lives.

"It remind us of the risks our emergency services accept when they go to work every day.

"We are appalled at any loss of life in this kind of incident and sympathise with the people who suffered trauma and that will live them and their families for years.

"I am pleased to see that parliament will sit as normal tomorrow and the most important thing is we are incredibly proud of our society and the demorcracy we stand for."

Calderdale Council’s director for adults and children’s services, Stuart Smith, said:“Four Calderdale schools were in London yesterday on school trips. Thankfully all these school children are safe and well and are continuing with their trips as planned.

“The events yesterday shocked everyone, but I’d like to praise the work of staff at the schools involved for keeping the children safe and parents informed and reassured throughout.

“I’d also like to thank Calderdale staff who worked with partners throughout the incident and into the evening to ensure the safety of all pupils involved.”