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Best risk managed school awards ceremony

Top performers in the school risk survey undertaken by Lambeth council have been honoured at a ceremony in Lambeth town Hall.

The annual audit ranks safety in the areas of fire and building hazards, security, visitor control, operational risks and information security.

Each of the borough’s seventy schools were also asked for safety documents such as fire drill logs, five year electrical testing.

St John the Divine primary school at Camberwell New Road took the crown for 2010, winning £500 of book vouchers and a plaque, trophy and certificate.

The survey asks schools to show their ability to identify and deal with potential risk. The survey used was developed by the Department of Children, schools and Families and Zurich Municipal insurance company.

Lambeth was the first council in London to survey its schools using this ranking tool. Schools, which successfully demonstrate their readiness to tackle risks, gain discounts on their insurance premiums as a result.

The initiatives are the brainchild of the council’s Risk and Insurance team, which has a strong track record in risk management, helping to make the borough a safer place to live and work.

The ceremony also included presentations from the Deputy Head of Kingswood Primary School and the Head teacher of Wyvil Primary School, who demonstrated the benefits they achieved through the Councils Risk Initiative fund.

The Risk initiative fund was a match funding tool open for all Lambeth schools to submit bids that demonstrated positive risk management. St John the Divine also took part in this, scooping an award of just under £6,000. The fund will be used to help improve the schools security risks.

Four other schools were highly commended. They were Holmewood Nursery School, The Elmgreen School, Holy Trinity Primary School and St Helen’s Primary School.

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