Enhancing safety in our school


4th October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer Re: Enhancing safety in our school

At Queen Elizabeth’s School keeping children safe is of the highest priority. We take our responsibilities for safeguarding staff and students safety very seriously.

It is important that we continue to review all of our procedures, taking into account even those events that are very unlikely to occur. As part of this process, we have introduced a new procedure called “lockdown”.

I am writing to inform you that we will undertake a run-through of our lockdown procedures in school on Tuesday 9th October.

A “lockdown” procedure is a standard health and safety exercise, similar to a fire drill.

This practice would be used when there is a threat to the safety of pupils, staff and others in the school, and when it is safer for everyone to remain in school rather than evacuate. The aim is to keep everyone safe by confining them to a secure place of safety.

Situations where our lockdown procedure may be used include:

· A potentially dangerous person or animal on the school site

· A disturbance or dangerous situation in the local community that could affect the school

· A nearby chemical incident or other risk of air pollution

· An incident related to terrorism

Prior to our drill, staff will take time to talk to pupils about lockdown procedures in assembly and tutor times to explain why they are important. They will reassure pupils during the drill that they are safe, and will emphasise that practising procedures like this will assist us in ensuring that the school remains a safe and secure place to learn.

I must stress again this is simply a run-through, so that in the unlikely event of such a situation, our pupils and staff are fully prepared.

If you require any further information about this, please do contact your son or daughter’s tutor in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

Mr Stephen Jones

Chief Operating Officer