Frizinghall Primary School

Frizinghall Primary School

Safeguarding Information for Parents

 

At Frizinghall Primary School the health and safety of all children is of paramount importance. As parents, you send your children to school each day with the expectation that school provides a secure environment in which they can flourish. In order to ensure that this expectation becomes reality, we put a wide range of measures in place:

 

The Health and Safety Policy

The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored by the relevant committee of the school governors.  Each term there are fire drills that practice efficient evacuation from the buildings and invacuation drills that practice safety measures in case of an incident outside the school building. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment.  There is also a critical incident plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.  

 

First Aid

In school, there are trained members of staff who oversee first aid. There are a number of first aid areas and kits situated around school. When a child has suffered an accident in school or on the playground, there are 4 steps staff follow:

  • A trained first aider is consulted.
  • The incident is logged in the accident book.
  • For head injuries a Head Note is issued.
  • If there is any doubt at all that the injury is serious, a parent is contacted with advice to take the child to hospital. 

 

Site security

Frizinghall provides a secure site, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it. So we ask everyone to follow a few simple steps:

  • Make sure all gates are closed, except at the start and end of each school day.
  • Make sure doors are kept closed; this is to protect children and staff from unknown visitors entering school.
  • If you are a visitor, volunteer or student we ask you only enter through the main entrance and sign in at the office. 
  • If you need to collect a child during the school day, we ask you to collect them from the office and sign them out.  Children will only be allowed home with adults with parental responsibility or confirmed permission.

 

Attendance                                                           Excellent attendance is expected of all children, but when children are unwell parents are expected to confirm the absence by telephoning the school. If the school has not been given a reason for a child’s absence, the school has a policy of phoning home to find out why the child has not arrived in school. If we are unable to make contact, we will make a home visit and if we are concerned about the welfare of a child we will contact the police, who will carry out a welfare check.

At Frizinghall, we take punctuality very seriously, and may take legal action against parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality.

Full details of our Attendance Policy can be found on the school website.

  

Visitors and Volunteers

A risk assessment will be carried out on any visitors/volunteers that come into school. Those who have extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building will need a DBS check. The administration team can help with DBS checks. Visitors/volunteers who do not have clearance will not be left alone with a child or group of children. Information about safeguarding in school will be provided.

 

Safeguarding Policy

Miss Wetherall, Mrs Merriman, Mr Palmer, Mr Parsons, Mrs Young and Mrs Coulton are the designated safeguarding leads in school, and deal with any incidents concerning the safeguarding of children.   All allegations of abuse by or complaints about a teacher will be dealt with following the relevant procedures.  

We do allow parents to take photos of their children when involved in a school production or assembly.  Parents are asked that these are not shared online or on any social media platform, they are for family memorabilia only.  Parental consent to school taking photographs and photos for the local press, etc. is obtained annually and for specific events. 

In school, we deal with safeguarding in different ways. In Personal, Social and Health Education, we use our SCARF programme and resources to teach children about safeguarding issues. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues. (See the Safeguarding Curriculum) During other lessons, safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taking out of school appropriate pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always carries out a risk assessment prior to visits and these are authorised by the Head teacher or Educational Visits Co-ordinator.

 

Internet Safety 

Children should be encouraged to use the internet, but in a safe way. Pupils and parents are asked each year to sign the school acceptable use agreement. Pupils are not left unattended whilst online and teachers ensure that this does not happen. School equipment is secured through fire walls and a monitoring system is in place to ensure that children do not behave inappropriately when using the computers and the internet.

We would also like to remind parents to monitor their child’s internet use at home and ensure that they are only playing age appropriate games.  

 

Equal opportunities

At Frizinghall, we try to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and are all considered equal in the learning partnership. When children have special needs, we will inform parents and design specific programmes to meet these needs.

Children with disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and every measure is taken to ensure this.

 

Behaviour policy

Good behaviour is expected at Frizinghall Primary School and we have high expectations of the children. Although the emphasis is always on the positive, there are times when children have to be disciplined in order to maintain the safety and security of all children.

We think that rewards are very important so our children have the opportunity to receive merits, class rewards and SCARF certificates and we celebrate good work and behaviour.

If a child chooses to break the rules, we adopt our five-stage process:

A verbal warning, which is recorded on the warning chart.

A verbal warning, which is recorded on the warning chart and a reminder

Another warning is given, which is recorded on the warning chart and the child is given a ten minute timeout in another classroom. (This is a shorter time on the thinking chair in EYFS.)

Another warning is given and the child will be sent to a member of the leadership team (to complete the work from the lesson) and the parents or carers will be informed of the child’s behaviour.

The child will receive a detention. If a child receives three detentions in a half term, a letter will be sent home and parents will be asked to attend a behaviour review meeting by the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, the Deputy Headteacher or the Headteacher.

If serious cases of unacceptable behaviour occur, step 5 will be used immediately. In serious or repeated cases of bad behaviour will be dealt with by the Headteacher.

Miss Wetherall, Mr Palmer and Mr Parsons have undergone Team Teach training, including restraining a child so that they do not harm either themselves or others.

 

Anti-Bullying

Bullying may be distinguished from other unacceptable forms of aggression in that it involves the dominance of one pupil over another, or a group of others, is pre-meditated and usually forms a pattern of behaviour rather than being an isolated incident. Bullying can include several types of anti-social behaviour including physical; verbal; intimidation; exclusion; damage to property and cyber-bullying through texts or images using digital devices or the internet. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.

Prevention of bullying - Through positive behaviour management our school seeks to encourage self-discipline where respect and tolerance are fundamental qualities.  Pupils are encouraged through the curriculum to develop a positive caring attitude towards others. They are encouraged to understand and recognise what bullying is, and to know how to manage their concerns in order that a difficult situation can be resolved. Peer mediation, restorative practice sessions and school council meetings provide opportunities for school discussion.

Dealing with bullying - In order to show clearly that their behaviour is wrong, school will apply disciplinary measures to pupils who bully. School will always inform parents (of both the perpetrator and of the victim) regarding the incident and following thorough investigations, which are logged, we will inform parents of the outcome.  All pupils concerned will be part of the investigation and their accounts will be taken seriously. Disciplinary measures will be applied fairly, consistently, and reasonably taking account the seriousness of the incident and any special educational needs or disabilities that the pupils may have and taking into account the needs of vulnerable pupils.  It is also important to consider the motivations behind bullying behaviour and respond to any concerns for the safety of the perpetrator.

Restorative Approach – The school uses restorative practice. This approach is based on four key areas:

RESPECT - for everyone by listening to other opinions and learning to value them.

RESPONSIBILITY - taking responsibility for your own actions.

REPAIR - developing the skills within our school community so that its individual members have the necessary skills to identify solutions that repair harm and ensure behaviours are not repeated.

RE-INTEGRATION- working through a structured, supportive process that aims to solve the problem and allows young people to remain in mainstream school.

 

If you have any concerns or questions about safeguarding, please ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Lead.