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AET and Academies are Five Star International Winners

posted Aug 21, 2015, 3:32 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 4:45 AM ]

AET and two secondary academies in Essex and Kent have been recognised as among the top organisations around the world to secure the maximum safety and welfare protection for its staff and site users.

The British Safety Council (BSC) has announced the winners of this year’s ‘Sword of Honour’ for excellent health, safety and environmental management. Among the top achievers are AET – for its head office in Hockley in Essex, Maltings Academy in Witham, Essex and Bexleyheath Academy in Kent.

In announcing the top achievers BSC confirmed that each one of the 62 recipients believe that ‘every worker deserves to be treated with respect and health and safety is given the highest priority.’

Greensward Academy in Hockley was in 2012 the first educational establishment to achieve the maximum five stars in the BSC’s audit scheme. It demonstrated to an independent panel of experts its excellence for the high quality of the safety measures it put in place to safeguard its students, staff, parents and visitors, both in and around the school site and on organised visits.. Maltings Academy achieved the same rare honour the following year, and in gaining the same distinction in 2014 has become the first place of learning to win it twice..

Earlier this year Weston Primary Academy on the Isle of Wight gained a prestigious Four Star rating which was celebrated by BSC with other winners at a special awards reception in a top Knightsbridge hotel. Westerings Primary Academy is also a Four Star winner and will be among the guests at their reception in December 2014.

The 2014 winners are located as far afield as India and the Middle East and represent a wide range of activities including construction, financial services, motor vehicle manufacture, retail and transport.

Alex Botha, Chief Executive for the British Safety Council, said: “Our awards shine a light on those who are at the forefront of managing safety, health and environmental risks, celebrating their efforts and encouraging others to follow their lead.”

Andrew Redmond, Director of Estates and Facilities at Academies Enterprise Trust, added: “The British Safety Council Sword of Honour represents the pinnacle of achievement in the world of health and safety management. This is a wonderful accolade for our organisation and academies and one we are all very proud to achieve.”