Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr C Reed - Executive Headteacher
Additional Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection
Mrs L Fletcher - Infant School Deputy Headteacher
Mrs E Rackham - Junior School Deputy Headteacher
Mrs C Kitchen - Inclusion Manager
Mrs G Hewitt - Key Stage One Leader and Class Teacher
Mrs L Cohen - Early Years Leader and Class Teacher
Mrs S Allum
We are fully committed to making our school a caring, affirming and supportive place in which our pupils can thrive. We are fully committed to making our school a place where our children feel safe from harm, abuse, neglect, bullying, discrimination and harassment.
Our aim is for all pupils to be successful learners and we recognise that a happy, positive outlook, free from worries or concerns, is central to this. We encourage the children to talk to a member of staff if there is something troubling them. We also have an in-school well-being team who are available for 1:1 and group sessions with children. If you feel this might something a child would benefit from, then please speak to your child’s class teacher, or call one of our offices to speak with Mr Reed or a member of our safeguarding team.
Children are undoubtedly affected by anything that has an impact on their family in any way. We invite you, as a parent or carer, to approach us if you think we can be of help. Often, an initial conversation is a good starting point to tackling a problem and, if the school itself is unable to help directly, then we have strong links with other agencies and support services with whom we can put you in touch. More information about these agencies and support services can be found on the 'Support for Families' page on our website.
Through our PSHE curriculum and wider curriculum, we will address these themes with our pupils, prompt them to think about what to do to keep themselves safe, and to consider who they could turn to for support.
To ensure a safe environment for our pupils, we:
- Follow accepted procedures for Safer Recruitment.
- Provide safeguarding training for everyone who comes into contact with pupils including staff, volunteers, and regular visitors.
- Ensure that all staff, volunteers, and regular visitors understand that Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility (Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018, Department for Education) and they are aware of the process to follow if they have a concern for a child. This is explained in our Child Protection Policy, please visit the policies section of our website. A printed copy is also available at our school offices.
- Seek help or advice from other specialist agencies if we believe that it is in the best interests of the child. We will always try to include the parents in any decisions we make, however, in circumstances where a child’s safety is concerned, we may have to proceed without the consent of parents.
If you have any concerns about the welfare or safety of any child at our school, your own child or another’s, then please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our safeguarding team.
We have high expectations of our staff and these expectations are set out in our staff code of conduct. We work closely with staff to ensure they feel supported with well-being and workload and use a number of strategies to support staff and make them feel valued and appreciated.