Tara Kerr-Elliott our Safeguarding Governor met with some children and asked them some questions about “Staying safe at SMSP”.
What does it mean to be safe at school?
“To be safe from bullies”
“To be safe from people outside the school trying to get in”
“We’ve had a practice of a “lockdown” “The headteacher has a red alarm – if there needs to be a lockdown everyone will hear it” “ We know what to do, we’ve practiced it”
“It wasn’t scary because we knew it was going to happen. The teachers help us to acknowledge that there are bad people in the world but that we don’t need to be scared because we have safe adults around us”.
“We also have fire practices, the alarm goes off and we go to the field and the teachers take a register”
Why do teachers stand at the gate when you arrive and leave school?
“Incase they don’t recognise someone trying to come in”
“To keep an eye on everything”
“The teachers keep the passcodes secret”. “There is security used to monitor access to the school like telecom, face ID, locked gates, ID stickers.”
Can you tell me anything about bullying at SMSP?
” I don’t think bullying happens repetitively in this school”
“Bullying is mean”
“Teachers deal with this and don’t ignore it … It gets discussed in assemblies”.
How do adults in school keep you safe on trips?
“They split us into small groups with a leader”
“We wear bright yellow jackets”
“They keep counting us all day long”
“They make sure we haven’t left anyone on the bus and they make sure adults are spaced out along the line when we’re walking along the road”
How about keeping safe online?
The teachers teach us about cyberbullying and how to protect yourself online in lessons and in assemblies”
“They tell us not to click on pop-ups and not to click on anything when we’re on our own that we wouldn’t do if our parents were with us”
What would you do if you felt worried about something?
“Tell a teacher. Tell parents or friends and you could call NSPCC Childline. The numbers are up around school”