We have been made aware of two incidents recently where students have been approached by strangers in a car/van at the end of the school day/evening.
Whilst these incidents are rare and we do not wish to alarm our students, there is the need for them to be reminded of how they can ensure their personal safety on their way to and from school, and what to do if they are approached.
Tutors will be speaking to students during registration time about the following ways they can keep themselves safe.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- If you can, make sure that you walk with someone else or with a group of friends.
- Should you be expecting a lift or bus and this does not arrive, come back in to school so that we can make contact with home for you.
- Hide your wallet/purse and mobile phone in your pocket or bag. Make sure they’re not visible.
- Be seen. Try not to use unlit streets and pathways, and isolated bus stops. If other people are around, this can prevent you appearing alone.
- Be cautious when wearing headphones whilst you listen to music when you’re on your own as you might not hear what’s going on around you.
- Make sure your mobile phone is charged, and you have enough credit/data allowance to text or call someone in an emergency.
- If you go out after school, tell someone where you’re going, and when they can expect you back. Maybe send a text to let them know you got there.
- Trust your feelings. If you think a place feels or looks unsafe, back away, go to somewhere you feel safe and call someone to meet you, but if you feel you are in danger, ring 999
We would appreciate parents/carers support in speaking to their child/children about this at home.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.