Woore Primary and Nursery School – Safer School award
Following the continual success of the Safer Schools scheme across Shropshire, Woore Primary and Nursery School has received their accreditation. Over the last year the school has been working through the scheme in partnership with Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police. In recognition of the award, Shropshire Council Chairman, Ann Hartley and the Director of Children’s Services, Karen Bradshaw, presented a certificate and Safer School sign to the school during an assembly. As part of the presentation ceremony, Councillor Hartley asked the pupils some safety questions and confidently, they successfully rose to the challenge. Ian Bartlett, Crime Prevention Officer, commented “The Safer School scheme illustrates a school’s responsible approach towards ensuring a safer and more secure environment for its pupils, staff and visitors. It involves establishing a Safer School Group consisting of the head teacher, staff, governors, Shropshire Council, the Police and importantly, pupils. This group meets to review issues, hear any concerns and ensure essential standards are being implemented. In the past schools didn’t consult or inform parents/carers about their school approach to security/safety. The working together is vital for obtaining different views/perspectives. Parents/carers are kept informed of Safer School progress through newsletters”. The scheme is set to continue here at Woore Primary and Nursery School. This will maintain our Safer School accreditation when it’s reviewed in two years.
Update February 2018
Statement from Ian Bartlett (Safer Schools Representative, Shropshire Council)
The involvement of Woore Primary and Nursery School in the ‘Safer Schools’ initiative is first class!! The school recently held its annual ‘Safer School Group’ meeting, attended by staff, governors, Shropshire Council and most importantly, pupils. The Police normally attend but had to attend an emergency on this occasion. A thorough meeting, covering all aspects of the Safer Schools process. This includes reviewing security/safety, consultation with parents/carers/pupils, reflecting on any school issues and planning for the future. It was a really positive meeting with good contribution by all those present. Excellent work!