Safety first for secondary pupils
Pupils from Ashford Oaks Primary School have been presented with a cheque for their good work at a safety workshop event.
Almost 1,400 Year 6 pupils from primary schools across the borough took part in the Safety In Action event which aims to educate children on the hidden dangers and pressures they may encounter when they leave primary school to join secondary school.
Held at the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch, workshops included the dangers of drugs and alcohol, internet safety and mental health.
Workshop leaders scored each school group attending the event for their behaviour, attitude and interaction, and the school with the highest mark was Ashford Oaks, which received £100.
The programme was funded and delivered by agencies including Kent Police, KCC Community Wardens, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, British Transport Police and Ashford Borough Council.
Cllr Brad Bradford, the borough council’s portfolio holder for highways, wellbeing and safety, said: “Entering this stage of their lives can been tough as these children transition into adulthood. The activities throughout this fortnight enable them to feel better empowered when coming across new challenges, giving them the wisdom and skills to make their own, informed decisions.”
Cllr Brad Bradford, back centre, with children from Ashford Oaks and their cheque