1 February, 2019

"It takes a village to raise a child."

As we are all well aware by now, this is a major watch word for the school and our community. Through it we can share responsibility, increase capacity and reduce potential issues from occuring, keeping everyone safe and well.

This was perfectly displayed yesterday. At around 4:30pm we had an unknown gentleman follow a parent into the new Rising Stars reception area. This information was passed on to staff who were then able to contact the police, ensuring that the unknown person left the site without incident.

Sadly, this is something we all need to be aware, but most definitely NOT afraid of. If we are all vigilant, noticing when things don't look right and then take action, we will all remain safe and sound.

Therefore, if ever you do see someone hanging around the school, streets or local area who you

haven't seen before, looks out of place or is acting unusually, then please challenge them.

This doesn't have to be in a threatening way, as it may just be someone lost or visiting someone in the area. Simply ask them, "Can I help you?" or ""Are you ok?"

If they are innocent, then normally they will engage in conversation. If their intentions are less than innocent, then they will be uncomfortable and get away as soon as possible.

Having challenged them, report the incident to a member of staff. It may be that we know who they are and why they are here. If not, then we can do as we did last night and pass their details, including CCTV footage if we have it as we did last night, to the police for them to investigate.

In this way, we are all able to feel safe, knowing that everybody is watching out for us, and are safe because little happens in an active, vigilant neighbourhood.

My many thanks to those who helped us last night, including the local police. It is very comforting to know that we are all there for each other and the children.

In other news, the proposal to formally change age range from 3-11 to 2-11 was formally agreed at Cabinet this week. There now follows a reflection period before a formal consultation begins. Therefore you will shortly see notices go up around the school informing the community of the proposals.

Helpfully, the Department for Education have allowed us to convert whilst this process goes ahead. It now looks highly likely that we will academise as part of Robin Hood MAT by 1st March, 2019.

Finally, a reminder that there are still a few places left at Tuesday's Safer Internet Day Workshops at 9:00; 1:30 and 6:00. The plan is that the two daytime sessions run in the newly appointed community centre.