The school is situated in a quiet, rural village and is set well back from the road with its own enclosed grounds and play areas. With parents rightly concerned about their children’s safety, we have installed security locks on all outside doors and visitors have to ring a bell at the entrance to be admitted. With the addition of a security fence the children’s play area is secure. Children are monitored closely at home time. The duty teacher escorts the ‘bus children’ safely onto the bus, checking seatbelts are fastened. When the bus has moved away from the school the rest of the children are dismissed, but are only allowed to leave the building when their parent/ guardian is visible at the top of the steps.
Parents are requested to let the school know by letter or telephone if their child is going home with a friend or being picked up by someone other than the usual person.
Pupils are not allowed to access the internet without a member of staff being present. They are restricted in sites they use and the LEA have an effective screening programme. Parents are asked to sign a disclaimer regarding Internet Safety when their child starts school.
The E-safety officer is Mr Gordon Godfrey.
Safeguarding / Child Protection
Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us. All visitors, including parents, must enter the school by the main door. In the interests of your child’s security all visitors to school need to sign the visitor’s book. Children who arrive late also have to use the main entrance to be signed into school.
Information for Parents
We feel it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that staff and volunteers must be alert to possible concerns about every pupil, and to report these in a proper fashion. The school has a safeguarding and child protection policy: parents may request a copy of this.
It is important for parents to be aware that
Staff and volunteers in the school have a duty to report concerns about a child if there are signs that a child may have been abused or be at risk of abuse. There are four categories of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect.
In extreme cases the school is obliged to refer children to children’s social care staff for an investigation into possible child abuse.
The designated teacher for Child Protection is Ms Sharon Quine.