Health and Safety Statement

The Governing Body of Lowton Church of England High School recognise their statutory responsibility as an employer, under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), to provide a safe and healthy environment for all members of the school community, including teaching and support staff, pupils, parents and governors.  It is recognised that this responsibility extends to all visitors who come onto the premises, regardless of purpose.  It is also recognised that this responsibility extends to any staff and/or pupils undertaking authorised school activities at other premises.

The Governing Body recognise the importance of effective health, safety and welfare systems in supporting the aims of this Church of England School.  The Headteacher is required to act on behalf of the Governing Body with regard to all matters of health and safety on a daily basis, within the agreed policy and may delegate to other appointed representatives the duties required for the policy to be effectively implemented and maintained.

So far as is reasonably practicable, the Governing Body will take all necessary steps within their power to meet their responsibility.  It is the intention of the Headteacher and Governing Body that for Health and Safety purposes, the school will operate within the structure and framework of instructions and advice issued by Wigan Council.  It is the duty of those persons using the premises at any time:

  • to take reasonable car of the health and safety of themselves and that of any other person who may be affected by their actions or omissions.
  • not to misuse or interfere with anything provided in the interest of health, safety and welfare.
  • to co-operate with the employer or their appointed representatives on all matters of health and safety.
  • to carry out activities in accordance with training and instruction.
  • to report to the employer or their appointed representatives any failure or deficiency in the required standard of health and safety provision with comes to their attention.

It is the intention of the Governing Body that the Health and Safety Policy of this school will be kept up to date, to reflect changes in: legislation, external guidance, the school premises, the curriculum and any other relevant factors.  The policy should be reviewed on an annual basis as a matter of course.  Particular attention will be paid to:

  • ensuring a commitment to safeguarding everyone at the school (including children and young people, staff, visitors of any capacity, community users and Governors).
  • making the workplace safe and without risk of safe plant, equipment and systems of work.
  • providing safe access and egress across the school for all persons using the premises.
  • providing adequate welfare facilities (including first aid) for all members of the school community.
  • providing adequate and effective health and safety equipment where this is required to comply with external legislation/guidance.
  • ensuring that the correct information, guidance, instruction, training and supervision are provided for the health and safety of all persons using the premises.
  • ensuring that adequate arrangement are in place to ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of all articles and substances provided for use of work.
  • ensuring that adequate arrangements are in place to ensure the safe management and  use of medication and the implementation of medical care in schools.
  • keeping noise, fumes and dust under control.
  • ensuring that effective procedures are in place for use in case of fire, accident, injury another emergencies including controlled evacuation procedures where required.
  • providing effective forms of supervision and monitoring to ensure compliance with all aspects of this policy so far as is reasonably possible.

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY AT SCHOOL IN OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY.  A COPY OF THE POLICY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR MANAGER OR FOR COMMUNITY USERS (THE COMMUNITY DIRECTOR)