Safeguarding

The safety, welfare and care of our pupils is paramount. We are committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children at all times.

The school adheres to the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board procedures.

Child Protection

All staff have a duty to safeguard children and our Child Protection policy sets out the details. Staff are instructed to report any concerns to the Designated Senior Person (DSP). We have three designated senior personnel to deal with Child Protection issues when they arise:

  • Emma Wheale (Safeguarding Lead known as DSL)
  • Lucy Vines
  • James Wright
  • Sarah Whettell

If a member of staff is concerned about a child's welfare the DSP will keep a record of the concern and may liaise with Social Care Services if necessary. Parents would normally be informed of a referral taking place, however in certain circumstances there may be a need to contact other agencies without notifying parents first.

See our Child protection/Safeguarding policy for further information.

We use the curriculum in school to raise children's awareness of safety so that they understand how to stay safe and what to do if they feel unsafe.

Anti-Bullying

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our school. We strive to maintain our non-bullying ethos in which relationships are based on mutual respect, trust, caring and consideration for others. If bullying does occur, all pupils should feel empowered to tell someone and feel secure in the knowledge that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

We recognise the need not only to respond to and manage incidents of bullying effectively, but also to actively seek to prevent the occurrence of bulling. We aim to promote a common set of values relating to the constructive management of peer relationships and co-operative behaviours. We actively promote the safeguarding of children through the National Curriculum (ie. issues of personal safety, self-esteem, anti-bullying and racism).

If any parent is concerned about a child's behaviour at school they can contact the Year Group Leader or Headteacher directly and it will be dealt with immediately. We get very few incidences of bullying type behaviour amongst our children, but please do get in touch if you are concerned.

Read our Anti-Bullying policy for more information.

Safer Recruitment

The Governing Body recognises the legal requirements for recruiting and employing people to work in the school and following these requirements is an essential part of its duty of care.

The school has a Safer Recruitment Policy that is available on request.

Site Safety

Site safety is extremely important and we look after your children very carefully whilst they are with us. For the children's safety playground doors are locked at 9am, and children arriving late must enter via the main entrance and sign in.

Gates to the school are locked each day between 8.45 to 9.15am and 2.45 to 3.30pm.

All visitors sign in at the front desk and wear a visitor's badge whilst they are on site.

We have regular fire drill practices.

Our Site Manager, keeps a school log book up-to-date which ensures that all the necessary statutory testing in completed as appropriate.

Parents are frequently reminded about the double yellow lines on Leybrook Road and are asked not to park on them.

Health and Safety

Routine hearing and sight checks are carried out in school during the Reception year.

If you think your child has a medical condition that may affect them in school, please let the class teacher know.

If your child is ill please keep them at home until they are fully recovered, particularly if they have had any kind of sickness or diarrhoea. They must be clear of sickness and diarrhoea symptoms for 48 hours before they return to school.

Medicine in School

The only medicine administrated on a regular basis in school is for children with Asthma. The inhaler should be clearly marked with your child's name, class and instructions for use. Remember to collect and wash spacers on a regular basis.

To enable children to continue to attend school prescribed medication will be administered but only if the correct form, giving us permission, has been filled in and signed. You can obtain a form from the school office.