Safer school

The Safer School Policy Statement

Adopted by Buntingsdale Primary School


“The school has recognised the link between a successful school, pupil contentment, parent satisfaction, community involvement and the implementation of an effective risk management system.


Through the risk management system the school intends to establish the safety and security of staff, pupils and their property as a priority. This will be achieved by monitoring activity in and around school in a structured manner. Stakeholders in the school will be fully conversant with the system and will be actively encouraged to make constructive contributions.


The school will undertake to reduce levels of anti-social and/or criminal activity through the accurate recording of incidents with specific details and locations: this will allow preventative actions to be taken in conjunction with all stakeholders.


The school has committed to developing systems which will enable staff and pupils to concentrate on the process of education, secure in the knowledge that the environment in which they are working is as safe as possible”

Safer Schools Survey

West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council support our school with the Safer School initiative. We are an accredited 'Safer School' and proud of our Safer School sign and certificate. The accreditation is reviewed every two years. The initiative is a holistic, practical and realistic approach to school security and personal safety. It gives our school a clear focus on the subject and turns a negative subject into a positive one. It sets a minimum standard for school security.



Parents Safer Schools Survey 2023

Thank you very much to everyone who undertook the survey again this year. The results are as follows:


  Yes No Not Sure
Do you feel like Buntingsdale Primary is a safe site? 100%    
Do you feel that the site is tidy and welcoming? 90% 10%  
Do you consider the current school and directional signage around the site to be adequate? 100%    
Are you aware that as a parent/carer visitor during the day, you should report to the school reception during via the main entrance? 100%    
Do you feel that both the visitor badges and staff ID system are well deployed and evident on the occasions when you visit? 100%    
Are you currently aware of any unauthorised people using our school site out-of-hours?   100%  


Thank you to everyone who completed the survey.  We received 10 responses this year and the results were overwhelmingly positive as you can see above.

 The written comments we received were again very helpful and were discussed at our Safer School meeting on 22nd November

 After the meeting, Ian Bartlett, Crime Prevention Officer for Shropshire Council, sent us this statement:

 The ‘Safer Schools’ initiative is a holistic and realistic approach to school security/safety. As part of my attendance at Buntingsdale Primary School  ‘Safer School Group’ meetings, I would like to recognise the school for its excellent working as an accredited ‘Safer School’.



Pupil Safer Schools Survey 2023


Do you feel safe at school?
Yes 95%
No 5%
Would you recognise a school visitor badge?
Yes 90%
Not sure 8%
No 2%
What would you do if a visitor was not wearing a school visitor badge on the school site - inside or outside?
 Tell a member of staff 84%
 Don't Know 16%
If you see a visitor, parent or member of staff at the front door or school gate asking to be let into school, what would you do?
I would not let them in and tell a member of staff 98%
Not sure 2%
What would you do if you were worried about something ?
 Tell a member of school staff  90%
Leave a message in the school worry box  8%
Not sure  2%
Do you think the school is tidy and welcoming? 
 Yes- I like it  50%
 ok- it's fine  50%
 No- could be improved  
 Do you have any Ideas for the school to be safer or improved?
  • No tyres because people are slipping
  • To move things
  • Always tidy up before you leave
  • New Carpets
  • Outdoor and indoor shoes
  • More matts to wipe feet on
  • School could be extended
  • I am safe at school because I have a nice teacher and nice friends
  • Because my friends are at school
  • More equipment
  • Stop dropping rubbish on the floor"
  • A swing in the playground and fake grass, fun things to do
  • More adults on the playground
  • Soft balls, more skipping ropes


The essential elements of the 'Safer School' process include: -


  1. Implementing a security policy that the governors have adopted.
  2. Consulting parents/carers and pupils/students for their views and updating them on any progress.
  3. Publicity of Safer Schools to school staff, pupils, school neighbours, parents and prospective parents.
  4. Establishing a Safer School Group. This Safer School Group is a partnership of school stakeholders – Headteacher/Deputy, staff, governors, parents, pupils, neighbours, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police.
  5. Regularly reviewing and implementing good practice and essential security/safety measures for staff, pupils, the site and assets.
  6. Educating pupils through the Personal, Social, Health and Economic curriculum programme or the Safer School folder.
  7. A daily procedure for recording incidents should they occur i.e. trespass, burglary, theft, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, arson, suspicious activity etc., both during school hours and out-of hours.