Southwold Primary & Nursery School is proud to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Online Safety Mark. Presented by the South West Grid for Learning, the award is reserved for schools that operate online safety policies and procedures of a high standard.
Claire Palser, year 3 teacher, was instrumental in helping us achieve the award. She said: “Southwold is really proud of this award because we believe that knowing how to be safe online is an essential life skill in this digital world. We have achieved this award through all of the activities and conversations we have on a daily basis, as it is embedded in our Southwold way of life.”
Claire was keen to emphasise that the award was achieved through a joint effort. She said: “The children, staff, parents, and governors all represented our school well, and we thank them for their contribution. We look forward to involving the local community further in this ever-evolving topic that relates to us all.”
In order to receive the award, Southwold had to complete a 360-degree self-review and also pass an in-school review by a neutral assessor. In the resulting report, the assessor widely praised our online safety staff.
The report reads: “Southwold Primary School has a strong online safety leadership team. Its effectiveness is demonstrated through the consistent messages from all representatives engaged in this online safety verification visit.”
In the report, the assessor also identified the involvement of pupils as a key area of strength. It reads: “The opportunity and trust offered to children of the school to get involved in discussion are contributing to the children’s resilience in meeting unfamiliar challenges, which is one of the key skills in online safety.”
To find out more about our achievement, read The White Horse Federation’s blog.