Manchester Incident - minute silence

At 11:00 this morning staff and students joined together with the rest of the country to remember the victims of the Manchester bombing, before which Headteacher Mr Blacoe made the following remarks.


"On Monday evening whilst at a concert at Manchester Arena 22 innocent people - a significant number of whom were children - were killed as a result of a senseless and barbaric act. Over 70 people were injured in the event, many suffering life-changing injuries.

Thousands of others have been affected directly or indirectly by these events, including four members of our own Priesthorpe community who were at Manchester Arena but who thankfully escaped without suffering any physical injury.

At Priesthorpe the celebration of equality and diversity is one of our absolute strengths; our inclusivity is, I believe, second to none in this great city of Leeds. We must come together at this time, stand strong and continue to work, live and grow as one, in an environment where differences are celebrated rather than condemned.

In a moment the school bell will sound as we join others around the country in a minute's silence to honour the 22 victims of Monday night's atrocities. Can I please ask that within this minute you offer up thoughts and prayers for our friends and colleagues, staff and students, at Allerton High School where one of their own - a Year 9 student, Sorrell Leczkowski - was a victim on Monday evening.

Thank you."