Thurrock schools praised for commitment to creating safe environments
SCHOOLS across Thurrock are being praised for their commitment to creating a safe environment for staff and pupils, school support staff union UNISON says today (Tuesday).
Twenty schools have signed up to UNISON Thurrock’s statement of principles on health and safety to ensure children are kept out of harm’s way in the classroom, making sure staff and visitors can also enjoy a secure environment.
Thurrock Council chief executive Lyn Carpenter presented some of the schools with UNISON’s certificates of excellence in health and safety at a ceremony last week at the Civic Offices in Grays.
Before the presentation, attendees held a minute’s silence to mark International Workers Memorial Day.
UNISON Thurrock branch secretary Peter Sansom said: “Schools are at the heart of the community and health and safety should be at the heart of everything we do.
“We’re already very impressed with the picture on health and safety in Thurrock. Standards are high, but we can’t be complacent – you can’t have good education in a bad situation.
“Like other parents in Thurrock, I’m extremely grateful for the fantastic work teachers and school support staff have done for my children.
“What better way to show that appreciation than by making sure schools are as safe as possible for educators to do that fantastic work in?”
A spokesperson from Thurrock Council said: “We are proud to support UNISON with their project to improve the already high standards of health and safety and reward for those meeting the set standard with a UNISON Certificate of Health and Safety Excellence.”