Montrose Academy cancelled school trip to Belgium after Brussels terror attacks

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Montrose Academy postponed a planned battlefields trip to Belgium, following the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22.

Pupils from the school had been due to depart last week for the trip.

The school tweeted following the attacks that they were in touch with travel company

The school tweeted following the attacks that they were in touch with travel company

However, the school’s rector, John Cavanagh, updated the school’s website on March 22, explaining that the school had been in touch with the travel provider Mercat International Tours as well as Angus Council officers and The Commonwealth Office “in order to be kept up to date with the position and the advice coming from relevant national and international sources”.

The trip was then subsequently postponed based on the advice given.

An Angus Council spokesperson explained: “In light of Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, we took the difficult decision to postpone our trip to the Belgian battlefields.

“There will be disappointment at this decision but we are sure that everyone will fully appreciate that we must always put the safety of our young people and staff first.”

The final tweet thanked parents for supporting the decision to cancel the trip

The final tweet thanked parents for supporting the decision to cancel the trip

Montrose Councillor David May voiced his approval of the decision, commenting: “I think the school is entirely right to cancel the trip in light of the tragedies in Brussels.

“I believe the head teacher phoned individual parents himself and the parents agreed it was the best decision.

“I know it is a disappointment for the pupils but their safety must come first.”

A follow up tweet advised the school would be in touch with parents with updates

A follow up tweet advised the school would be in touch with parents with updates