You can see that anywhere in the school at any time of the day, through smiles and friendly adult-child interactions. Our pupils are confident in seeking help from their teacher or indeed any adult in the school, and so it should be.
In another way, our systems ensure the safety of the children. On Wednesday we held one of the regular fire drills. We recognise that we need to keep practising to make sure the building can be evacuated quickly and calmly and that staff and children remember to follow correct procedures. Hopefully, we will never need to use the drill in the event of a real fire – but better safe than sorry. We also practise a ‘lockdown’ drill regularly in case any intruders come into the school. It is a sad state of affairs that this is necessary, but again – better safe than sorry.
Our badge entry system at the front gate is designed to restrict strangers from visiting the school un-noticed and we appreciate it when parents respect and support us by having their badges ready to ‘click’ in and out.
Finally, organising the children at the end of the day to ensure their safety is an area that we closely scrutinise. Those of you who regularly pick up from the school door know the care we take in ensuring children end up in the correct place. It is an extremely complicated process and credit goes to the many staff who are involved in ensuring systems run well. Parents can help by making sure that any changes to going home arrangements are sent into school in the Communication Book or certainly before midday.
Working with children means that the unpredictable can always occur, but be reassured that we constantly review and reflect to make sure that they are safe and sound through risk assessments and checking that our procedures are robust. And this high level of commitment is only what the children deserve.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary