Dear Parents and Guardians
You may be aware of the recent news articles about the site security of schools without perimeter fences. Some parents have been asking about the implications of these reports for our own open, campus style environment and we thought it would be helpful to explain the ongoing work we have been doing in this regard.
Our first priority as a school community is to keep young people safe. We employ an external adviser to provide a Risk Assessment and we are ever mindful of our Safeguarding Procedures and never complacent. We have a short term and long term plan for site security developments, including reviewing our signage and Reception areas and strategically placing CCTV and fencing in particular areas. However, whilst these may be tangible areas we are working on, the most significant aspect of all safeguarding is ensuring there is a culture of vigilance and reporting and we continue to keep this as a high profile for all members of our community.
With this in mind, as we develop our Reception areas and procedures, we need to remind parents and visitors that whenever on our school site we request that you sign in and stay in the visitor Reception area until met by a member of staff. Equally, if ever you are concerned about a Health and Safety or Safeguarding issue we would urge you to contact us directly. As you know, our School Value of ‘Looking out for others’ is regularly emphasised with pupils as we reiterate the need for young people to report any concerns they have so that we can put in place support and interventions where needed.
We strongly believe that our lovely school environment plays a fundamental part in helping pupils, parents and staff feel positively about our community and whenever we make changes to our site we understand that the need to create a warm and welcoming place is crucial. In fact, parents, visitors and pupils often comment on our environment positively and we continue to work hard to maintain such a pleasant place for young people to enjoy safely.
I hope this helps to clarify any queries you may have but as always, do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any issues. Equally, we would welcome any feedback regarding our school environment and site security.