Holbrook primary school in Trowbridge has received The Safeguarding Initiative Award.

Deputy headteacher Rose Nunn who put the school up for the accolade said that safeguarding ‘is central to everything we do at Holbrook’.

She said: “The work we’ve done is high quality, which is why I then decided to apply.”

The school had to demonstrate three different initiatives on how they adapted their policies, how they identified and kept vulnerable pupils safe and how innovative in their approach was to safeguarding during Covid-19.

Mrs Nunn said: “I couldn’t ask for more supportive staff, parents and the children have been amazing.

“It really has been a privilege working at Holbrook through this and I thought it would be lovely to have a bit of recognition for the work everybody’s doing.”

Going above and beyond gov guidance, Mrs Nunn described how the schools talked with all the families in detail to make sure that they had what they needed throughout the pandemic.

“Every single one of our teachers has made weekly phone calls to all the children. It has now moved onto class and group Zoom meetings so children have kept in touch with their teachers right the way through.”

“One of the first things we wanted to do was be a real source of support to families while the school was partially closed.

“Lots of families have commented that they felt connected to the school even if they haven’t been able to be in.”

Head teacher, Vicki Cottrell said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for the hard work that has been done throughout the recent pandemic and school closure period to ensure that all of our children are safe and happy, whether they are at school or home.

“I could not be more proud of the amazing team at Holbrook who always go above and beyond for the children in our care.

“We can’t wait to all be back together in school again, but in the meantime our commitment to the safety and well-being of every child will remain.”