Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day.
Our first and foremost priority is to keep your child safe and healthy. Under the new OFSTED framework safeguarding is a key indicator of what constitutes a good school. Keeping your child safe means:
- The health and safety of all children
- Making sure that the adults who work here have undergone safety and security checks
- Protecting children from deliberate harm
- Being an anti-bullying school
- Being proactive against racist behaviour
- Being proactive against attempts to indoctrinate children in to any form of extreme ideology
- Protecting our children from harassment and discrimination
- A positive approach to behaviour management including the use of physical intervention safely, when necessary
- Meeting the needs of children with medical conditions
- Providing first aid
- Protecting children from drug and substance abuse
- Children enjoying safe educational visits
- Caring for children’s personal needs
- Keeping children safe when using the internet and making sure they are aware of cyber bullying.
- Making sure our school is secure and safe
- Being a ‘listening school’.
- Ensuring they know who to go in school if they have a problem
Your child and their health & safety are our number one priority. We employ the following strategies to keep your child healthy and safe:
All staff receives the appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection to ensure that they are aware of the school’s procedures for child protection and their responsibilities. We have a written policy and procedures for Child Protection complying with Local Authority guidance.
The Designated Teachers for Safeguarding are Ms Natasha Scott (Executive Head Teacher) and Miss Justeena Pereira (Deputy Headteacher).
Recording and Reporting Racist Incidents
Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and Home Office Code of Practice on reporting and recording racist incidents (2000) schools are required to record and investigate all racist incidents and to report them to the Local Authority on a regular basis.
Definition of a racist incident: as recommended in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 1999:
A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
In line with the DfE’s Prevent Duty advice (June 2015) we are committed to actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs.
Collecting your child during the school day
Please try and make appointments out of school hours if possible. If you have to collect your child during the school day for a medical or dental appointment, please write a note to the class teacher and let the office staff know.
If your child is ill
Please keep them at home and notify us by 9:30 am on the first day of any absence so that we know they are safely at home with you. We have a policy of contacting parents / carers if we haven’t received a message by 9:30 am.
If your child becomes ill during the day they will be monitored and we will telephone you if we feel it is necessary to do so. Any cuts and grazes resulting from normal play in the playground will be dealt with by our first aid trained staff. Any bumps on the head will be reported to the child’s teacher and parents / carers will also be notified.
If a child is receiving ongoing medication, parents are allowed to come into school by prior arrangement to administer this. Medication cannot be administered by school staff without prior agreement: please visit the school office to discuss this.
Medicine and tablets must never be given to a child to be brought into school. We will ask you to meet with us and our school nurse to complete a Care Plan if your child has medical needs. Please advise the school if there are any changes to your child’s health which the school should know about.
Our fire bells are tested weekly and a fire drill is held each term to ensure the swift evacuation of the building.
As part of our Travel Plan we have set a target to continue to increase the number of children walking and cycling to school. We ask parents / carers to support us and ease traffic congestion by walking your child to school, or by encouraging them to scoot or cycle; this provides an ideal opportunity to teach your child about road safety and traffic awareness. Zig-Zag lines are in force around the school so, if you do travel by car, please park well away from the school entrance for the sake of the safety of our pupils.
Safety in the playground
We have very clear rules about behaviour and use of play equipment in the playground. Supervising adults are outside with the children every playtime and lunch time to ensure that playtimes are a happy time for children.
No Smoking Area
Our school building and grounds are a designated No Smoking area so we ask for your co-operation in extinguishing cigarettes before entering the site.
The school building has been updated with security of pupils and staff in mind including:
- perimeter fencing and gate
- a sophisticated alarm
- a modern effective fire alarm system
- door entry system and electronic signing in the procedure for all visitors and staff
- all staff wear ID badges at all times
Although we want to have an open-door policy we must balance this against the safety of pupils and staff and we request that parents / carers respect this.
Visiting the school
Any visitors to the school must sign in and out as a visitor and wear their badge at all times. Our staff are trained to challenge anyone not following this practice, so we apologise in advance.
Risk Assessments and School Trips
All school trips involve the undertaking of a risk assessment and our children wear high visibility tabards clearly identifying them.
It is the responsibility of the whole school to ensure that school is a bully-free zone. We are proactive in promoting a caring and positive ethos between all members of the school community. We have an anti-bullying policy with very clear procedures in place in the event of an incident involving bullying.
Online safety is taught alongside computer skills throughout a child’s time at St Michael’s. We take cyber safety very seriously. The school has clear rules for responsible Internet use which are displayed in classrooms and the computing suite. Each year during Safer Internet Week children watch videos and discuss safe internet behaviour using materials provided by the Police CEOP (available at www.thinkuknow.co.uk).
We have filtering systems in place to prevent children at school accessing websites considered to be unsafe or inappropriate and encourage parents and carers to be aware of the online material and websites that their children are accessing at home. At Key Stage 1 children learn the importance of keeping their personal details private and safe and how to behave politely and responsibly online.
Children also learn to tell a trusted adult if they don’t like what they see online. At Key Stage 2 these key safety messages are reinforced and through discussion and viewing videos of potential scenarios children will learn about how email and social networking sites work, how they can keep themselves and their friends safe in the anonymous internet world. If we become aware of issues relating to specific children we inform parents.