We pride ourselves on how we work closely with children and their families, colleagues and outside agencies to ensure that children’s health, safety and well-being are at the forefront of our everyday practice.
In our recent parent/guardian questionnaire, (June 2017) 100% of parents and guardians agreed, “The school provides a safe environment for my child.”
SSCB – Safeguarding and Child Protection – Contacts and Definitions April 2017
Our School is a ‘Safer School’
West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council support our school with the Safer School initiative. We are an accredited ‘Safer School’ and proud of our Safer School sign and certificate. The accreditation is reviewed every two years and in March 2017, we welcomed representatives from the Local Authority and West Merica Police into school to present us with our award.
The initiative is a holistic, practical and realistic approach to school security and personal safety. It gives our school a clear focus on the subject and turns a negative subject into a positive one. It sets a minimum standard for school security.
The essential elements of the ‘Safer School’ process include:-
- Implementing a security policy that the governors have adopted.
- Consulting parents/carers and pupils for their views and updating them on any progress.
- Publicity of Safer Schools to school staff, pupils, school neighbours, parents and prospective parents.
- Establishing a Safer School Group. This Safer School Group is a partnership of school stakeholders – Headteacher/Deputy, staff, governors, parents, pupils, neighbours, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police.
- Regularly reviewing and implementing good practice and essential security/safety measures for staff, pupils, the site and assets.
- Educating pupils through the Personal, Social, Health and Economic curriculum programme or the Safer School folder.
- A daily procedure for recording incidents should they occur i.e. trespass, burglary, theft, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, arson, suspicious activity etc., both during school hours and out-of hours.
- Solving real problems rather than perceived problems. Prioritising work (if any) and reviewing action.
- If there are security issues i.e. vandalism, anti-social behaviour etc., the intention of the initiative is to reduce/eliminate the issues.
Safer School Policy Statement July 2017
Safer School News 7th July 2017
As Crime Prevention Officer for Shropshire Council, I attended a Safer School Group meeting at Bicton CE Primary School today. The meeting was well attended, positive, thorough and involving staff, governors, parents, pupils and the Police. Part of the ‘Safer Schools’ process includes consulting parents/carers/pupils and the results of the two Safer School surveys (parent/carer and pupil) were presented to the meeting. There was good response to the surveys and overwhelmingly the feedback was good. I was particularly impressed by the hard work of the school in preparation for the Safer School Group meeting. The school was accredited a ‘Safer School’ this year and I would like to recognise the school for its excellent working as an accredited ‘Safer School’.
Crime Prevention Officer