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Jigsaw Pupils Given Flashing Armbands

Pupils at Jigsaw CABAS® School near Cranleigh are being given flashing safety armbands to make their offsite visits safer.

Jigsaw educates children with an autism spectrum disorder at its school base on Dunsfold Park and its Life Skills Centre in Guildford.   Set up in 1999, Jigsaw was recognised as Outstanding in its most recent Ofsted inspection and is celebrating its 15th Birthday this academic year.

One hundred flashing, high-visibility armbands have been donated to the school by long-time corporate supporter, Baze Associates and promotional merchandise supplier Oldeani.   The armbands will be used by all pupils when accessing offsite activities. For most classes, the teaching day is in two halves, with pupils based in the classroom focusing on academic work during the morning and enjoying off-site activities in the afternoon.  The flashing armbands can be worn around the arm or clipped on to clothing.  The flashing light will be easily seen by teaching staff, helping to ensure pupils’ safety at all times.  

Jigsaw’s Educational Visits Coordinator, Jayne Lobley, was delighted to hear of the donation and commented, ”Jigsaw has a strong commitment to pupils learning beyond the school premises and we arrange regular activities that take place off-site.  Our pupils spend a lot of time in the local community and make frequent trips to Jigsaw’s Life Skills Centre in Guildford as well as libraries, village halls, shops, places of worship, farms and other schools.  Pupils also walk to our nearby social enterprise, Café on the Park, where they gain valuable work experience.  As our pupils safety is of paramount importance, we are very grateful to Baze Associates and Oldeani for donating these fantastic armbands.”.

Managing Director of Baze Associates, Jo Glapinski, is a familiar face at the school and was delighted to make a return visit to hand over the armbands and to learn for herself how pupils will benefit from the generous donation.  She said, “Having been to Jigsaw many times, I am aware of the importance of pupil safety and how seriously the staff takes it.  When I was approached by Malcolm Fritschy at Oldeani about supplying branded armbands to a worthy children’s charity, I immediately thought of the pupils at Jigsaw.  I was really pleased to work with Malcolm on designing and supplying the armbands; we are both really happy and delighted to know that they will be used by all pupils for many years to come.”.

The bands, which have the school’s logo and telephone number printed on them, will be used by all pupils when they return to school following their summer break.


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