The Martin Wilson School in Shrewsbury has been presented with an award to identify it as a ‘Safer School’ and congratulated on its efforts by local MP Daniel Kawczynski.
Over the last five years the primary school has been involved in the Safer Schools scheme and worked in partnership with Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police. In recognition of the award, Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski congratulated the school and presented a certificate and Safer School sign during a presentation assembly.
Mr Kawczynski SAID: “I was delighted to be asked to publicly recognise the Martin Wilson School for their hard work in ensuring the safety and security of pupils and staff, as well as visitors. To take such a proactive and considered approach is absolutely to be commended and the school is a shining example of excellence in our area.”
Cecilia Motley, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills on Shropshire Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Martin Wilson School has achieved Safer Schools accreditation and now have the plaque to display in the school. This has required hard work and dedication from the children and staff, and I congratulate them on their efforts.”
Shropshire Council’s Crime Prevention Officer Ian Bartlett said: “The Safer Schools scheme is an active policy. The scheme gives a school or a college a clear focus and the Martin Wilson School has been positive and thorough throughout its involvement in the scheme. The school established a Safer School Group consisting of staff, parents, governors, West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council to review the security and safety at the school.
"The school continues with the scheme, reviewing circumstances and making improvements where possible or necessary. In order to maintain its Safer School accreditation it will be reviewed in two years.”
The Martin Wilson School uses the property marking product called Smartwater. As part of the presentation the pupils were informed of its use and scientific background. West Mercia Police recognise and support the use of Smartwater as an effective property marking product.
The Safer Schools scheme is a joint venture between West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council aimed at providing a holistic, practical and realistic approach to school security and personal safety. The scheme sets minimum standards in security and safety and it involves schools gaining an accreditation. Following the accreditation, schools continue to work on the scheme to maintain the high standards, and are reviewed every two years. Schools participating in the programme are committed to developing systems.
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