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 parent/guardian questionnaire, (June 2017) 100% of parents and guardians agreed, “The school provides a safe environment for my child.”
We are part of a national project, which is being run locally in partnership with Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police. Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and the council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse incident. This information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.
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:-
The involvement of Bicton CE Primary School in the ‘Safer Schools’ initiative is excellent. Mrs Johnson recently held a ‘Safer School Group’ meeting with staff/governor, pupils and myself representing Shropshire Council. The Police normally attend but were unavailable and sent their apologies. A thorough meeting, covering all aspects of the security/safety process. This included a pro-active approach to security/safety, reflecting on any school issues and planning for the future. Part of the Safer School process includes consultation with parents/carers/pupils and during the meeting, we reviewed the parent/carer and pupil surveys. Reassuringly, the survey results were excellent and included some good observations. The meeting was really positive, with an excellent contribution by the pupils. Overall, an excellent example of ‘Safer School’ involvement – well done to Mrs Johnson, governors, staff and pupils. A future meeting will be held in the Spring term 2020.
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’.