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School security - letter from head
We had a visit last Thursday from one of the Countys Security specialists, Richard Watson, to look at the playgrounds following the incident when two girls left the school premises.
I went through the Risk Assessment with him which myself and the Governors carried out and he was satisfied with our analysis.
The two recommendations which we shall carry out is firstly to put a small fence and gate by Mrs. Christians class which will prevent children leaving the playground as well as stopping people from straying onto the playground.
There are too many practical problems to putting a gate or barrier across the Infant playground but to act as a psychological limit the second recommendation is to put two painted lines on the driveway and children will not be allowed past those lines. No Infant child has ever made any attempt to leave the school so we believe it not to be a high risk.
Mr. Watson agreed with me that the greatest risk is when children either walk to school or are dropped off at the school gate. They could wait until their parent is out of sight and then just wander off. You would think your child is in school and we would think he/she was at home. A problem would not come to light until the end of the afternoon.
This could be prevented if all parents followed the correct procedures. Please telephone us if your child is off ill. It is not possible to follow up every child for whom a call has not been received so it is in your interest to make sure you let us know about absences.
These must still be followed up by an absence letter, which we have to keep on file to show to the Education Welfare Officer on her visit each term. I am sure you will cooperate in helping to protect your children.
February 4, 2000