Essex academy scoops second successive safety and health gong
Friday 15th July 2016
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Maltings Academy, in Witham, was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Health and Safety category at the 2016 Education Business Awards.
The accolade was sponsored by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It was one of 21 handed out at a ceremony held at The Grange Hotel, St Paul's, London, on Wednesday 13 July.
Maltings Academy works closely with its district council and other local organisations to share information on safety and health practice. It has also won a five-star British Safety Council Health and Safety Award three years running.
It runs well-being days for staff and involves students in first-aid training sessions. Health and safety is one of its seven key objectives. It continually reviews and audits its performance.
Such initiatives have helped it gain an 'outstanding' rating from schools watchdog Ofsted.
After collecting the award, Maltings head of academy Emma Baker said: "The award ceremony was a great experience. We were so pleased that we won. It's a testament to the facilities team and all staff and students who work so hard. Health and safety is at the core of what we do and it was nice to be recognised."
The Education Business Awards are held annually. They are organised by Education Business magazine to recognise outstanding achievement in schools. Television presenter Konnie Huq handed out the awards.
IOSH was represented by Tabitha Cave and Stuart Wood, who are members of its Education Group committee, along with networks officer Greta Evans.
Stuart said: "IOSH was delighted to once again sponsor this category. Safety and health is something that people can learn from a very young age so we are pleased that schools are taking it so seriously.
"We congratulate Maltings Academy. They have an excellent attitude towards safety and health, something which they are passing down to their students."
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