Hundreds attend primary school safety workshops
Sessions prepare leavers for secondary school environment
Nearly 1,400 pupils who are due to leave primary school next month took part in annual Safety in Action events.
The sessions, which ran from Monday, June 13, to Friday, June 24, aimed to make the youngsters aware of the risks and pressures they may come across when they leave their familiar environment.
This year it moved to a new location, at the Rare Breeds Cen- tre in Woodchurch, and workshops covered subjects such as personal and digital safety, road and rail safety, fire safety and school attendance.
The topics were chosen based on the feedback of children who had been to the classes over the past 10 years. There was also input from partner organisations.
The initiative is funded and delivered by agencies including Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, KCC, Ashford Borough Council, British Transport Police and the RNLI.
Cllr Brad Bradford, the portfolio holder for highways, wellbeing and safety, said: “With the invaluable support of our community safety partners, we have been able to deliver a number of important safety messages to pupils from across the borough, who will next year be attending secondary school.
“Our aim is to empower these children to feel wiser and better prepared to deal with the decisions they may face in the next stage of their young lives.
“The biggest thank you, as always, goes to the pupils from all the primary schools that were involved.
“They were i mpeccably behaved and engaged with all those presenting.”
Cllr Winston Michael, deputy mayor of Ashford, said: “These events are extremely important for our very young citizens, and I trust that funding is protected for future years.
“I followed Wye school throughout the event, and was pleased to see how engaged they were and how enlightened the children were on the different subject matters.”
PCSO Mandy Kimpton and High Sheriff of Kent Kathrin Smallwood, pictured with children from Brabourne, centre, and road-safety experts Steven Rosser-Owen and David Brown, right, were among those taking part in the safety sessions for primary school leavers