Pupils and staff recognised in national safer schools competition

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A primary school is a runner-up in the finals of a national safety initiative, winning a special cash bonus.

Pupils and staff at Tetsworth Primary School have been recognised for their outstanding work in the 2015 Peg Vs Locker competition backed by storage solutions provider Link 51.

The nationwide competition – now in its second year- has been developed by Link 51 to help provide schools with safe, non-combustible and affordable storage solutions.

This year has seen a large number of high standard entries across the UK, according to Andy Millward, Link 51 Lockers sales director.

Judges were so impressed with the entry from Tetsworth they decided to offer a bonus runner up prize of £500 towards the installation of school lockers.

Tetsworth Primary School entered a video depicting the danger and potential threat posed by the use of pegs, a feature quickly becoming obsolete in school infrastructure.

Creative projects such as pictures, poems and stop-motion videos were submitted by schools all around the UK to explain the problems they face with coat pegs and the need for safe clear access through corridors and proper cloakroom storage systems.

Prompted by the Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance for Education Premises in 2006, schools across the UK have been searching for safe alternatives to storing coats, bags and other belongings.

Vivienne Hall, class teacher at Tetsworth Primary School who co-ordinated the entry, said: “We decided to enter the competition in a bid to reduce cloakroom clutter so that we can create a more organised learning environment for our pupils.

“We decided to incorporate learning into the entry process and we had been looking at persuasive writing. This was a great opportunity to involve the pupils in real life persuasive language.”

Link 51 is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of pupils’ learning environment.

The steel lockers are designed to meet the many needs of school pupils and are available in a range of colours all incorporating BioCote® technology that reduces the levels of bacteria on contact surfaces.

Andy added: “We are thrilled to see continuous support for our initiative to build a better, safer and

smarter storage environment for pupils. The entry from Tetsworth Primary School was fantastic and we couldn’t resist adding the bonus runner up prize.”