New Safety Advisory Group Launched
The Governors of Our Lady’s School are very mindful of the continuing need to be aware and proactive in the area of Health and Safety, in order to ensure the safety and welfare of the whole school community.
Regulations for Health and Safety are being continuously refined to promote and develop effective policies and methods of management and with this in mind the school has recently set up a new Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and the first meeting of this important body took place on Friday 26th September 2014.
The Group will be co-ordinated by the Vice-Chair of Governors, Mr Harold Hands, and will include the Acting Headteacher, Mrs Mary Johnson; the School Business Manager, Cath Henny; the Site Manager Mr Noel O’Hara; Mr Saul Ratcliffe, Teacher Year 1; Mrs Lyz Duffy, Teaching Assistant, parent representatives Mr Baptiste and Mr Mateta and most important of all – three members of the School Council who will provide a voice for the children of the school and give ideas on safety to the group and will also report to the full Governing Body.
One of the Councillors’ first tasks is to draft a statement that expresses the safety/ethos of Our Lady’s Catholic School.
The first meeting of the group was chaired by Safety Officer Mr Rob Whiskins from Birmingham City Council. Rob has 15 years of experience as a Safety Officer and said how delighted he was to be invited to help, advise and support the school in ensuring that the polices and plans for Health and Safety we have in place are the best they can be. He went on to say that Our lady’s is a lovely school and stands out from others with a special feel to it. It is a safe school but Health and Safety Policy needs to be constantly under review to ensure it is suitable for the whole School Community.