Safer School

Our school is a ‘Safer School’

West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council support our school with the Safer School 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/students 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.

05/11/21 |  We are delighted to share that our Safer School accreditation has been approved for a further 2 years! Please see the below feedback:

Ian Bartlett, Crime Prevention Officer at Shropshire Council commented; “I would like to congratulate Tilstock CE Primary School and Nursery for maintaining their Safer School accreditation. The school has been accredited a Safer School for thirteen years and recently, Mrs Kaminski held a Safer School meeting, involving staff, governors and a parent. It was a really positive meeting where we reviewed the security/safety measures, updated an action plan and reviewed the incident recording. It was good to hear that there had been no recorded incidents since the previous meeting. Part of the Safer School process involves gathering feedback from the whole school community so we reviewed the results of the school’s Safer School survey and again, good news and particularly reassuring feedback from both parents/carers and pupils. The school was presented with a new Safer School certificate and a future meeting is planned for the Autumn term 2022”.