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Bourne Grammar School pupils are sent home early after being evacuated from lessons

Pupils at Bourne Grammar School are making their way home early after being evacuated from classes this morning.

Emergency services were called to the school following reports of a "suspicious phone call".

Pupils were removed from the school buildings at around 11am and gathered on the playing fields.

Police respond to an incident at Bourne Grammar School (42776615)
Police respond to an incident at Bourne Grammar School (42776615)

UPDATE: Bomb threat closed school

Pupils who live within walking distance of the school have been sent home and Delaine Buses has been asked to pick up pupils earlier than normal.

Headteacher Jonathan Maddox has assured parents that all children are safe.

In an email to parents he said: "Many of you will by now have heard from your sons and daughters that the school was evacuated this morning and all students and staff were unable to re-enter the school buildings.

"I can confirm first of all that all students and staff are safe. This is the earliest moment at which I have been allowed to enter the school in order to write to you and this is my first action on re-entering.

"A telephone call was received which caused me to immediately require the school to be evacuated and the emergency services were called. From that point I was obliged to take direction from the relevant services.

"In consultation with the services I have taken the decision, given the time of day and the fact that it is now not possible to provide lunch, to close the school for the rest of the day.

"Delaine Buses have been contacted and we expect the buses to be able to collect students from around 2pm. Students who are able to walk home will be released. Those who travel by bus but do not have a house key may remain in school until the normal finishing time.

"Once again, I emphasise that everyone here is safe. It is probable that some will be cold, hungry or anxious so I feel it best to act as I have set out above."

Lincolnshire Police said "a number of officers" responded to the incident.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended.

A spokesman said: “We received a call at 10.53am on October 20 from our colleagues in Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service requesting assistance at a school in Bourne.

"We sent our hazardous area response team, a doctor in a car and a paramedic in a car, but no medical assistance was required.”

UPDATE: Bomb threat closed school

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