We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at our school. Staff are trained in Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent Duty Awareness. There are clear procedures in place to report and record any concerns that staff may have.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are carried out on all staff and volunteers, as well as a thorough induction.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection in school is our head teacher, Mrs Gillam.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is our assistant head, Mrs Smith.
Any concerns raised by staff, volunteers or visitors are presented in writing to the DSL who will follow up these concerns and keep records of the response and any actions taken. All concerns raised are dealt with in confidence and shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.
If parents or members of the public have concerns regarding any of our children, then these can be shared with our DSL through the school office. However, direct referrals should be made by contacting Children’s Social Care emergency duty team on 01609 780780 (option 2).
Parents have a duty to ensure that their children regularly attend school. As such, we closely monitor attendance and have a duty to report any issues around attendance to the local authority.
All reasons for lateness and absences are recorded. Poor attendance is monitored. Parents and carers will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point.
Absence During Term Time
We encourage families not to take their children out of school during term time. If leave during term time is necessary, then a request must be put in writing through our leave of absence request form as early as possible.