The Mill Hill School community was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of a shop worker on The Broadway on 6 January. Mr Patel was well known to pupils, parents and staff and the School extends its deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time.
A number of recent events will inevitably have heightened everyone’s awareness of the importance of personal safety, whether in relation to the spate of muggings by moped riders, the worrying rise in the number of acid attacks across London or attacks on innocent victims.
Information and advice relating to personal safety is regularly relayed to pupils in assemblies and chapels, through PSHRE lessons and via Houses, and we work closely with our own Foundation schools, and with the local community, to share information. The local Community Police team are also an invaluable source of support and advice. I have been in touch with them in light of this recent incident and they have agreed to come in and speak with the pupils. And, of course, we rely on the support of Parents, Carers and Guardians to work with us to help the children to understand the challenges they face, to take them seriously, to know what to do if they find themselves in a difficult situation and to look out for each other when out with friends. The Mill Hill community is never stronger than in times of challenge and I have no doubt that we will continue to support each other when such challenges arise.
Jane Sanchez– Principal Deputy Head