Hun­dreds at­tend pri­mary school safety work­shops

Ses­sions pre­pare leavers for se­condary school en­vi­ron­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Vic­to­ria Ches­sum vches­sum@thek­m­group.co.uk @VChes­sum

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

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4393635/FM4393623/FM4393663

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