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Our school is a ‘Safer School’ 

 

‘Safer Schools 2018’

Another year and another successful ‘Safer School Group’ meeting at St Peter’s CE Primary School. For many years, Miss Russell, school governors and staff have ensured that security/ safety is a priority and it is demonstrated through the school’s solid involvement in the ‘Safer Schools’ initiative. The ‘Safer Schools’ initiative includes reviewing any incidents/issues at a school, ensuring essential security/safety measures are active and finally, considering any potential improvements. Another important aspect of Safer Schools includes involving pupils and parents/carers. St Peter’s CE Primary achieves this involvement through surveys, Safer School Group involvement and newsletter items/feedback. Looking to the future at St Peter’s,  an annual Safer School Group meeting is scheduled for 2019 and West Mercia Police attend these meetings whenever possible. Overall, excellent work!

 

Ian Bartlett

Crime Prevention Officer

Shropshire Council

 

The ‘Safer School’ initiative is a creation of West Mercia Police.

 

West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council support our school with the initiative. We are an accredited ‘Safer School’ and proud of our Safer School sign and certificate. The accreditation is reviewed every two years.

 

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.
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