Smestow School is celebrating an “outstanding” award for its work to keep pupils safe.

The award follows on from a silver award handed out last year and emphasises our commitment to keeping staff and pupils safe while at school.

Elite Safety in Education, based in Cannock, visited the school to carry out an inspection and has a targeted programme for schools to go through before they can receive the outstanding award for health and safety.

Steve Oakley, site manager at Smestow School, said: “We have been working closely with Elite Safety for about two years now.

“Following our initial assessment we realised that health and safety wasn’t quite as good as we thought so we wanted to tighten things up wherever we could.

“We received a silver award last year and to have that upgraded to outstanding this time around is great for us.

“An outstanding award for health and safety shows our commitment and should reassure parents, pupils and staff that we are doing everything we can do to keep our people safe.”

Smestow is part of the University of Wolverhampton’s Education Central Multi Academy Trust, and is the first school from the trust to be presented with the top award.

To attain the outstanding award, the school has worked with Elite Safety in Education in several areas. The company prepares a specific policy for each individual school and carries out a general health and safety risk assessment.

Health and safety inspections are carried out three times during the year and an action plan on any issues raised is put into place.

A termly inspection of any fixed outdoor play equipment is carried out, an asbestos management plan is implemented where needed and a termly newsletter is produced.

The company takes on staff training awareness, which can include a range of issues, like fire risk. They also provide assistance with any accident investigation.

Mr Oakley said: “There is a full and varied list of things we needed to comply with but we did that and the school has to be in a better position as a result.

“While it is never possible to prevent accidents from happening, you can at least take steps to minimise risks and ensure you do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of those in your care.”