Health and safety

The ARK Schools Board recognises and accepts that it is responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment for the staff employed across the network, for the pupils attending the academies and for other persons on network premises.

The Board will ensure that all reasonable steps will be taken to fulfil these responsibilities within the framework of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 and those other Regulations made under the Act.  To this end, the Board have designated that the Principal/Headteacher have strategic oversight of each Academy’s Health and Safety Organisation and Arrangements on its behalf and that each Academy’s Principal/Headteacher is expected to reinforce the Board’s intentions on Health and Safety.  It furthermore recognises that it also has a corporate responsibility towards the network of Academies, its staff, pupils and others coming on to their premises.

Each Principal/Headteacher recognises and accepts that they are responsible for providing a safe and healthy environment for the staff employed in the Academy, for the students attending it and for other persons on the premises.

Each Principal/Headteacher has taken note of the implications of the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007 and the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 and believe that its Health and Safety Management systems are duly in place and adequately rigorous.  They will continue to monitor those systems with due diligence in respect of the health, safety and welfare of staff, pupils and anyone else who may be affected by them.

The Principal/Headteacher will ensure that within the Academy budgets there are adequate resources available to cover the cost not only of the planned maintenance of the grounds, buildings, plant and equipment in a safe condition but also, so far as reasonably practicable, of any emergency action necessary to ensure the health and safety of the occupants of the Academy premises.

The Principal/Headteacher will take reasonable steps to bring to the attention of each and every member of staff that: 

  • under the Act, they have a personal responsibility for their own safety as well as for the safety of anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work 
  • they must co-operate with their employers in fulfilling their duties under the Act and supporting legislation as well as under the Academy’s Health and Safety Policy and
  • they each read (and sign that they have done so) the Academy's Health and Safety Policy, including the statements about the Organisation and Arrangements through which the Academy Management and staff aim to fulfil the relevant requirements.

Download Health and Safety Policy Statement, Organisation and Arrangements 2013 - 2014