Police officers visited children at Northdown Primary School in Margate recently to teach them about keeping safe and the role of police in the community and schools.
Year One pupils were very excited to take turns in the back of a police car and sound its horn after a talk by PCSO Nathan Prentice.
PSHE Lead Christina Goldsmith said: “It was a memorable experience for the children to sit inside a real police car and have the opportunity to ask questions about the role of the police in their local community. It is so important that the children see the police as approachable and there to help them in times of need rather than something to fear.”
With a focus on transition to secondary school, Year 6 pupils attended a talk by PC Cleaver and PCSO Williams of the Margate Child Centred Policing Team who explained how each local secondary school has its own Child Centred Policing Team officer whose job it is to support them, help reduce crime and provide guidance. They learnt top tips on how to stay safe and how to look after expensive belongings.
Year 6 pupil Chris explained the impact of the visit: “When the police came in, I thought it would be helpful because when you go to secondary school, you’re sometimes walking alone so if someone comes up to you, you can scream for help.”
Ellie, 11, agreed: “I think it was useful to always remember that shops are nearby so to always go to those if you need help.”
More information about Northdown Primary School can be found at https://www.northdown-tkat.org/