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Our school is a ‘Safer School’ 


Safer Schools’

Another enthusiastic and successful ‘Safer School Group’ meeting at St Peter’s CE Primary and Nursery. The school was accredited a ‘Safer School’ in 2007 and twelve years later, Acting Headteacher Miss Russell with the support of Business Manager Mr Hunter, have been committed to the security/safety process. The Police and I recently attended a Safer School Group meeting at the school. This meeting included staff, the site manager, a parent and most importantly pupils. During this meeting, we reviewed security/safety measures, analysed the parent/carer and pupil surveys, updated the action plan and reviewed the incident reporting. Reassuringly there had been no recorded incidents since the meeting in 2018. The school is extremely thorough and continually looking to improve security/safety year on year and Site Manager Mr Littleford highlighted all the security/safety improvements made during the last year. Overall, it was a really positive meeting with good contribution by all those present, especially the pupils. An updated ‘Safer School’ certificate was presented during the meeting and a future Safer School meeting is planned for 2020. Excellent work by all involved.


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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