School to shut in memory of Manchester Arena victim

The school where a Blackpool woman, who died in the Manchester Arena bombing attack worked, will stay closed on the atrocity's first anniversary next week.

South Shore Academy said the move would be as a mark of remembrance to Jane Tweddle and respect to the victims of families affected.

In a letter to parents, Head of School, Neil Reynolds, said: ''I am sure you are aware it is the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack on 22nd May this year.

''As a mark of remembrance and respect to the victims and families affected by this tragic event, we intend to close the academy on Tuesday 22nd May.

''Some members of staff will be attending memorial services in Manchester, and there is also a small service which has been arranged by Blackpool Borough Council which will be held at 2.30 p.m. outside Bickerstaffe House in Blackpool.  All are welcome to join this service.

''The academy will remain open to Year 11 students who are sitting their GCSE examinations on that day, and for them school will run as normal.  There are English exams in the morning and Geography exams in the afternoon on that day, and staff will be in school to oversee these.

''I do realise that a school closure causes inconvenience to parents and carers, however I am sure you will want to join us in marking this sad occasion, which saw the loss of a very dear colleague and friend, Jane Tweddle.

''Thank you for your support.''

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