Health and Safety
At Offa’s Mead Academy the health, safety and welfare of all our pupils, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to us. We take that responsibility very seriously and it is at the heart of everything we do. We tell the children that our most important job is to keep them safe.
Teachers ensure activities, lessons and of course trips and visits are risk assessed to ensure they are carried out in a safe and secure manner. All trips and visits risk assessments are overseen by our Educational Visits Leader.
We also strive to ensure the building and all the equipment on site is maintained by competent and suitably qualified contractors.
We have had no RIDDOR reportable accidents or incidents on site (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations)
As parents we welcome your support in assisting us with managing the health and safety of your child whilst on site and reinforcing the importance of following procedures and our health and safety policies and conducting themselves in a manner that does not endanger theirs or the lives of others.
Our latest OFSTED Report stated- The academy’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say that they feel very safe in the academy, and parents and carers who completed the online questionnaire or who spoke to the inspector agree. Pupils are prepared well for maintaining their personal safety both in and outside of the academy.
The National Curriculum, as it currently stands, states that risk education issues should be addressed in the delivery of the following subject areas: Art and Design; Information and Communication Technology; Personal and Social Education; Physical Education; Science or Technology (or their regional equivalents).
The English National Curriculum General Teaching Requirement for Health and Safety
1. This statement applies to Science, Design and Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Art and Design, and Physical Education.
2. When working with tools, equipment and materials, in practical activities and in different environments, including those that are unfamiliar, pupils should be taught:
a) about hazards, risks and risk control;
b) to recognise hazards, assess consequent risks and take steps to control the risks to themselves and others;
c) to use information to assess the immediate and cumulative risks;
d) to manage their environment to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others;
e) to explain the steps they take to control risks.
We are an animal friendly Academy following the RSPCA code of conduct.