Two Wiltshire schools have received a prestigious award recognising the standard of their online safety policies and procedures. Zouch Academy Primary School, in Tidworth, and The Croft Primary School, in Swindon, joined the small number of schools in the UK to have been awarded the Online Safety Mark by South West Grid for Learning.
In order to achieve the Online Safety Mark, both schools were required to complete a 360-degree self-review, write a full commentary on their procedures, and pass an extensive visit by an assessor. This thorough process ensures that schools applying for the accreditation meet or exceed the benchmark level in all aspects of online safety.
Zouch Academy, a predominantly military primary school, understands how important it is to promote online safety to pupils. Jodie Edgley, the school’s Computing Coordinator, said: “It is becoming increasingly common for young children to use the internet, and it is crucial that they understand how to stay safe.
“We’ve put a lot of work into teaching our pupils how to remain safe online, and we are so proud that our efforts have been rewarded by receiving the Online Safety Mark.”
The Croft Primary School was also proud to receive the accolade, with the school’s Computing Coordinator Jessica Collins saying she was “delighted”. Jessica said: “It is thanks to everyone in the school being so great at continually drip feeding the message of online safety and knowing what to do with safeguarding concerns.
“As computing coordinator, I had such a great job relaying to the assessors what we, as a school, do everyday. It was a pleasure to take part in such an amazing award.”
In receiving the award, Zouch Academy and The Croft Primary School became the sixth and seventh primary schools in The White Horse Federation Multi-Academy Trust to possess the Online Safety Mark.