Introduction of our School Security Wand

 

In June 2017 the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) published The Knife Crime Strategy outlining their proposals to combat the threat to safety from knife crime in London. While they report that Londoners are highly unlikely to be victims of knife crime, knife crime affects us all, our sense of community and our feelings of safety on our streets. Their Strategy aims to safeguard children and young people from harm and making the wrong choices. Schools have a crucial role to play in the delivery of positive messages and safeguarding measures. Schools should be free of weapons and need to be places of safety.

As part of the strategy, every secondary school in London will have a security wand. Having a security wand within our school gives both reassurance to parents and teachers and acts as a deterrent. The wand can be used at individual school events, or we may choose to use them to screen students entering the premises or during bag searches.

To introduce and familiarise the students with the security wand we will be running a series of assemblies, starting in two weeks with our Sixth Form Student Safeguarding Ambassadors talking to the school about knife crime and gang culture. We will also be spending some time in our tutor groups looking at the wand, showing the students how it is used and what it does to alleviate any concerns that they may have. Our main aim is to educate students about such security devices so that when they encounter wands or arches, for example whilst travelling through airports or train stations, they are not fearful but rather reassured that these precautions help keep our communities safer. Click the following link for a copy of the Anti-Knife Say No to Knife Crime safety booklet

We wrote to parents in May 2018 when PC Clark, our Safer Schools Officer, was leading ‘knife awareness’ assemblies in school and requested that you discuss the following information with your daughter:

It is really important that your daughter doesn’t have any dangerous objects with her whilst in, or travelling to/from, school. Our school Behaviour Policy lists knives under ‘inappropriate items’ and this is supported by the London Knife Crime Strategy which defines a knife possession offense as “having an article with a blade or point in a public place (including schools)”.

The school would never support students bringing a knife or bladed article to school, either for Food Technology or to cut a birthday cake.  The school provides cutlery for the students; a birthday cake can be cut at home before it is brought into school.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact your daughter’s HOY Well-being Lead.

If you require further information please visit the following websites:  

Knife Free

The Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy

The Mayor’s London Needs You Alive media campaign

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025

 

For general enquiries please mail:

enquiries@stphils.org.uk

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