Child Safety Concern

I have been made aware of the following safety concern, from the information shown below that our local secondary school has sent to its pupils.

‘We have been made aware of a disturbing incident which took place last night when a Parkside student was apprehended by a man in a car as she was walking from a dance class on Emmanuel Street at around 5.30pm.

The man in question appeared to be of Chinese / Far Eastern origin and at first asked directions to the cemetery in Mill Road. He then asked if she would get into his car to show him the route. She refused. He then asked for directions to primary schools in the area so that he could ‘ask directions ‘again.

This description also fits a man who has approached students from Parkside and other schools in the area over the past week. On other occasions he was on a bike and tried to engage them in conversation asking directions, questions, and trying to exchange contact details.

Once again he wanted details of nearby primary schools.

The man speaks with a slight American accent. On these occasions he was wearing glasses and wore a black jacket with silver panels down the side.

The Police have been informed of all incidents.

We would ask you as parents to contact the police at once if your child reports any incident.’

Thank you

Lib Dems announce free school lunches for infants

At the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow last week, I heard the good news that all pupils at infant schools in England are to receive free school lunches from September 2014.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to make the formal announcement. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and FE colleges in England will also be eligible from next September. Money is also being provided for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, should their devolved parliaments choose to spend the money on free lunches.

Free school meals were one recommendation in The School Food Plan, commisioned by the Government and launched in July by Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent. They found that in pilots where all children had been given a free school dinner, students were academically months ahead of their peers.

Nick Clegg said:

“Teaching healthy habits young, and boosting attainment early, will bring the biggest benefits. Universal free school meals will help give every child the chance in life that they deserve, building a stronger economy and fairer society.”

In closing the Liberal Democrat Conference in Glasgow, Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg re-emphasized the impact the Liberal Democrats are having in Government. Click here for a copy of his full speech.