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Safety Procedures at Birchgrove Comprehensive School

Written by Jones, Joanne on 23/11/2017 09:06:32.

In response to events in recent years, schools in Wales have been asked to review their safety procedures. One important introduction is that schools are now expected to have what is called a ‘lock-down’ procedure. As the name suggests, this is an agreed way for the school to be made as secure as possible, in the event of incidents outside the normal one schools deal with, which have the potential to become serious. This could cover a wide range of scenarios from a dog running loose to something very serious and high profile, and everything else in between. The lock-down procedure is intended to ensure that pupils, staff and visitors are kept safe whilst the incident is managed.

The school is developing a policy currently, which will be published once it has been approved by the Governing Body. As part of our planning and policy development, a Local Authority Health and Safety Officer will be on site on Monday November 27th to advise us on best practice in this area. It is likely that we will have a ‘lock-down’ drill that day, in order to test our planned procedures. When this drill takes place, all pupils will be asked to remain in class and to sit on the floor. Pupils out of class will be asked to go to the nearest classroom or office. Staff will then be responsible for security measures such as locking doors, closing blinds etc. When the drill is taking place it is expected that pupils do not use phones, computers or other communication devices. In assemblies this week, pupils are being informed of what the drill involves.

We would like to stress that this is a drill and not a response to any threat to the school. The likelihood is that we will never need to put the school into ‘lock-down’. However, we do believe in being prepared for situations that arise, however remote the possibility. If you have any queries or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at the school.

Mr. J. G.Kennedy

Deputy Headteacher

Birchgrove Comprehensive School