‘Schools need to make use of SKillZone’ say Liberal Democrats


Schools across Gloucestershire are being encouraged by the Liberal Democrats to bring their year 5 groups for free safety sessions at the SkillZone Centre on Tuffley Lane in Gloucester. 

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At budget setting back in February an amendment from the Liberal Democrat group was approved that gave all year 5 children an opportunity to attend the SkillZone. A unique and interactive safety education centre, which opened in September 2012 addressing the underlying causes of unintentional injuries.

A response to a written question at last week’s council meeting however showed that primary school take-up was slow. 

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton (LD: Kingsholm and Wotton) said that: “So far there have only been 16 out of 246 primary schools in the county that have taken up the opportunity of free safety sessions.

“I am pleased that a further 39 schools have made advanced bookings, but I am disappointed that not more schools have taken their year 5 classes to the centre. I believe that the council could do more to promote the centre and encourage take-up as it provides invaluable safety information in a fun and informal setting.

“We would like to see this invaluable resource further utilised by all schools in the county and encourage those primary schools who have not yet booked a free safety session for their year 5 groups to do so.”


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