Parents reassured by head over safety plan

Lutton St Nicholas Primary School headteacher Luke Whitney with pupils  Chloe Holgate, Harry Swinburn and parent Fiona Bell.
Lutton St Nicholas Primary School headteacher Luke Whitney with pupils Chloe Holgate, Harry Swinburn and parent Fiona Bell.
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A Lutton headteacher has reassured parents over safety at his school after a tree branch was blown down by high winds.

An inspection is taking place at Lutton St Nicholas Primary School after a branch came down on Tuesday when strong winds also brought down trees in Sutton St Edmund, Sutton St James and Long Sutton.

Headteacher Luke Whitney said the branch came down in a part of the school grounds not used by children and staff during the autumn.

But Mr Whitney added that any safety recommendations made after the tree inspection tomorrow would be acted upon.

“The low branch that came down was at a height of approximately four feet above the ground and was in a part of the school grounds that the children do not normally have access to during the autumn months,” Mr Whitney said.

“The branch came down at approximately 11.30 am and has since been detached from the trunk and chopped into a very small number of rather thin logs.”

In February, strong winds brought down a tree outside the school and onto a vehicle owned by Emma Robbins who was waiting to take her daughter home.

Emma, of Sutton Bridge, said: “After the tree fell down, I suggested that the other trees should be cut down to the point where they may break in high winds.

“So when I heard about what happened on Tuesday and that the children were allowed out to play afterwards, I was disgusted.

“The school has a duty of care to the children and I don’t think they carried it out.”

Mr Whitney said: “While I am aware this is the second such incident involving trees at our school, I am pleased to report that all statutory safety measures remain in place and I have also brought forward the date of our next routine tree inspection as I feel this is prudent. All of the trees within the school grounds will be surveyed and any safety work that is subsequently recommended will be carried out.“