Council congratulates winning Junior Citizens pupils

Upminster Primary School wins Junior Citizens award
Pupils from Upminster Primary School celebrate Junior Citizens win
Published: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Pupils at Upminster Primary School were on top form as they clinched this year’s Junior Citizens award. 

The school was given full marks for their efforts in learning life skills to help protect and keep themselves safe as they make the transition from primary to secondary school.

The project, run by Havering Council and the police, saw pupils taking part in a series of challenges and scenarios to help them cope with everyday life.

They were among nearly 2,500 school children – the largest number to date - from across Havering taking part in the project to learn about knife crime and drugs, as well as learning how to navigate London’s buses and trains, and what to do if there is a fire or they are near water. 

Part of the programme also helped them to learn more about keeping their community clean and the effects that litter has on the environment.

The sessions were led by various organisations such as the Council’s Community Safety team, Street Scene, the Met Police, London Fire Service, TfL, Wize Up drug awareness, the road safety team and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Schools were awarded points for their knowledge and for demonstrating what they have learned during the sessions.

The school was one of 32 primary schools that took part in the project over a two week period earlier this month. Pupils were presented with certificates and a shield by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said:   

“The Junior Citizens project is a brilliant way of helping to inform children about some of the dangers presented by our society and letting them work out how to handle them in a safe way.

“The everyday skills they’ve learned will help to equip them as they move from primary into secondary school.”

Junior Citizens is a national event and was created to educate young people at a crucial point in their educational and social development before they move into secondary school.