Schools spend Michael Gove's security cash

A number of Manchester Jewish schools are bolstering their security arrangements ahead of receiving their share of a £2 million government allocation.

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has hired new security staff and an existing guard has completed advanced training. Improvements to its CCTV will also be made.

Daniel Warwick, who runs DW-OZ - one of two companies contracted to provide security to Manchester schools under the new funding - said others were already making enhancements.

"We are working very closely with the Community Security Trust and government to make sure security is a lot better. My aim is for parents to know their kids are safe going to school."

At Manchester's largest Jewish school, the King David High, governors' chair Joshua Rowe said it already operated 24-hour security at significant cost met entirely through donations. "If we get the money for this year, even in part, it will be a huge bonus."

Payments from the £2 million pledged by Education Secretary Michael Gove will be made to 39 voluntary-aided Jewish schools in England.

    Last updated: 11:16am, January 21 2011