A school has been recognised as having ‘excellent’ safety standards.

Watford Grammar School for Boys achieved the recognition by The National Safety Certification Scheme for Schools, known as SafetyMARK, after it was able to demonstrate first class levels of safety management and compliance during an audit.

Headmaster Ian Cooksey said the school was “thrilled” following the outcome of the audit, which was carried out as part of the SafetyMARK scheme.

This aims to provide guidance for schools and to recognise and reward those schools that have gone the extra mile to create a safe environment for staff, pupils, visitors and contractors.

Mr Cooksey said: “We take the safety of our staff and pupils extremely seriously and it’s wonderful to have this recognition for all of our efforts to make our school such a safe place to work and study. Having achieved the SafetyMARK award, we can demonstrate our on-going commitment to maintaining excellence in the management of health and safety within our school”.

Justin Smith, from SafetyMARK, added:  “Watford Grammar School for Boys has a really positive attitude with regard to health and safety and it is clear to see that safety is taken extremely seriously and that it is very well managed.

“The staff have established a robust health and safety system and culture that is amongst the best in the country and we are delighted to recognise that fact with this prestigious award”.