23 November 2017

Sutton schools and community “champions” praised for keeping children safe

Two Arthur Terry Learning Partnership schools and an “exceptional” community nurse and police officer have been recognised for their outstanding commitment to keeping young people safe.

Community staff nurse, Heidi Goodall, and community police officer, Garry Farrington, scooped prizes at Birmingham City Council’s first Safeguarding Innovation Awards, which took place at Birmingham City Football Club on 16 November.

The ceremony, which thanks schools and individuals for their work in keeping schools safe, celebrated the 12 schools that had applied for additional funding to deliver a project around safeguarding. Arthur Terry and Hill West Schools were both successful in their bids.

Schools also nominated individuals from partner agencies as a thank you to those who have gone “above and beyond” to support their partner school in creating a safer environment.

PC Garry Farrington, who is a familiar face around Sutton Coldfield, received an award in the Criminal Justice section (north of the city).

Sue Bailey, ATLP Safeguarding lead, said:

We nominated PC Garry Farrington for his outstanding contribution to safeguarding in our community—always there—kind, compassionate, approachable, a real critical friend but determined to keep children safe.

Celebrating Arthur Terry’s partnership with the NHS, school nurse, Heidi Goodall, won the Health section (north of the city).

Mrs Bailey added:

We nominated Heidi for her contribution to keeping children safe. Her drop in sessions are well attended. She supports a range of students with a variety of issues including eating disorders, self-esteem and mental health. She’s a real professional and we are very lucky to have her.”

Mrs Bailey is also assistant headteacher at Arthur Terry School, which won £600 funding at the awards, to support sixth form students from different ethnic backgrounds. The money will be used to deliver sessions to staff and years 12 and 13, around supporting mental health in school, the impact of domestic violence on students and unconscious bias.

Fellow ATLP school, Hill West Primary, received £400 funding to deliver relaxation sessions, as part of the school’s safeguarding strategy, which was presented by headteacher, Dr Beth Clarke, at the awards.

Dr Clarke was keen to celebrate the work of Hayley Beards, who has been delivering the ‘Relax Kids’ programme to pupils at Hill West.  She said:

Hayley’s commitment to young people’s well-being has been instrumental in ensuring happy and healthy minds as well as hearts.”

Arthur Terry School’s executive headteacher, Neil Warner, said:

It was wonderful being part of Birmingham City Council’s first Safeguarding Innovation Awards

There were so many worthy winners, but we were particularly delighted that Heidi Goodall and Garry won their categories. Both give so much to the school and the community and we are indebted to them for the way in which they champion students through their work.”

Jon Needham, head of service, education safeguarding advisor, Birmingham City Council, said:

Congratulations to Sue Bailey and the Arthur Terry school for their innovative work in ensuring that all their sixth form pupils feel part of the wider school community.

A special congratulations to Heidi Goodall from the School Nursing Service and to PC Garry Farrington from the West Midlands Police, whose close work supporting the school to safeguard pupils attending the school.”