At Northaw C of E Primary School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.
We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
The procedures which we follow have been laid down by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy which includes the document Keeping Children Safe in Education which is issued by the DfE. On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. We will ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare.
The Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs S Whales (Head) and Mr C Napoleon (Oak Class Teacher).
The Child Protection Policy is available here.
If you require any further information please contact the school.
Everybody in our school has an important role to play in keeping us all safe. This includes:
- Making sure we all act in a safe way and following our behaviour policy at all times.
- Looking out for unsafe things / situations and telling an adult straight away if you spot something that is not safe.
- Talking with your team about how we can keep safe when we go on trips out of school.
- Taking part in our annual safety assemblies.
- Making sure we think about keeping safe when we are out of school at the evening, weekends and during holidays.
This year, our school councillors have taken part in health and safety checks with the governors. They have been looking out for ways to make our school even safer.
What should I do if I spot something that is not safe in school?
- If you feel unsafe in school the first thing to do is to find an adult and tell them immediately so that they can make the situation safer for you.
- You can also use the 'worry box' near the office to tell an adult if you are worried about something not being safe.
- If you spot something around school that isn't safe such as a broken bench or a damaged piece of furniture you can report this to the office and they will ask the Site Manager to fix it.
In the summer months it is essential that we all stay sun-safe. Getting sun burned is not only painful for a few days but it can cause long term harm to your health if it happens to you regularly.
To stay sun-safe in school we:
- Put sunscreen on before we come to school.
- Bring in sunscreen so that we can re-apply it before going outdoors (you must only use your own sunscreen - never share).
- Wear hats when we are outdoors.
- Find shaded areas if we are starting to feel too hot.
- Bring water bottles into school that we can take outside during PE and games lessons. Remember to drink water regularly to stay well hydrated.
Keeping your child safe
What we do in school to keep your children safe
‘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:
Safeguarding –recording and
All members of staff receive appropriate training in Safeguarding and Child Protection to ensure that they are aware of the school’s procedures for child protection and their responsibilities as staff. We have a written policy and procedures for Child Protection complying with Local Authority guidance. The Designated Teachers for Safeguarding are Shirley Whales, headteacher, and Crayton Napoleon. The designated governor for Safeguarding is Helen Melidoro.
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. The definition of a racist incident, as recommended in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 1999, is: ‘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 (July 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. Our core mission of diversity permeates all we do. We place a strong emphasis on the common values that all communities share such as self-respect, tolerance and the sanctity of life. We work hard to broaden our students' experience, to prepare them for life and work in contemporary Britain. We teach them to respect and value the diversity around them as well as understanding how to make safe, well-considered decisions. We recognise that we have a responsibility to protect children from all forms of extremism and this forms an integral part of our Safeguarding Policy. This includes the use of internet filtering systems in school, to ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when using the internet. If you have any concerns regarding radicalisation and extremism please contact one of our Safeguarding Officers.
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 or let the office know.
If your child is ill
Please keep them at home and notify us by 10am 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 10am. 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 office staff, assistant teachers or mid-day assistants. Any bumps on the head will be reported to the child’s teacher and parents/carers will also be notified. We ensure that several members of staff have First Aid certificates and that training is kept up to date.
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 fill in an Individual Medical Form 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. For a child who has ongoing medical needs, the school completes an Individual Health Care Plan, which is shared with the child’s parents.
Shortly after starting school our Reception children will see the School Nurse for a health check and parents/carers have the opportunity to discuss any worries that they may have with her. If the parent, nurse or teacher has any concerns, they can request a medical with the School Doctor. Health checks are carried out at various points during your child’s education.
For the sake of safety we request that jewellery should not be worn to school, with the exception of small stud ear-rings and watches which may be worn at the owner’s risk. The Local Authority regulations state that all jewellery must be removed for P.E.
Our fire bells are tested weekly and a fire drill is held each term to ensure the swift evacuation of the building. If you are helping in school and the alarm sounds, please leave by the nearest exit and assemble in the rear playground.
From time to time the school welcomes representatives from the local Fire Brigade who come to talk to children about Fire Safety.
As part of our engagement with Modeshift Stars we have set a target to continue to increase the number of children walking to school. We ask parents/carers to support us and ease traffic congestion by walking your child to school. 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. Road Safety Officers visit the school on an annual basis to ensure that all children are aware of how to stay safe as pedestrians.
‘Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do. As the operator of the railway, we're responsible for keeping passengers and those who live or work near the railway safe. We take this responsibility very seriously, so we do all we can to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the railway.’
This was a presentation by two Railway Enforcement officers in spring 2018 as part of our Saying Safe week. Children entered a competition with prizes awarded by Network Rail.
Safety in the playground
Before and after school
Parents/carers are responsible for children in playground before the gate opens and when children are released to their parents at the end of the school day.
Please do not bring dogs onto the school premises ever.
During school hours
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; additionally Acorns Monitors help out in the playground to help ensure that playtimes are a happy time for our youngest 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.
Our school was built or has been adapted with security of pupils and staff in mind including:
- perimeter walls, fencing and gates
- fenced nursery playground for our youngest pupils
- a sophisticated intruder alarm
- a modern effective fire alarm system
- door entry system with signing in 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 members of staff are trained to challenge anyone not following this practice, so we apologise in advance.
At the beginning and end of each day there is always at least one member of staff attending the children to make sure that they stay safely inside the school playground once they have been dropped off by parents and do not leave without an accompanying adult (unless they are older pupils with permission to go home unaccompanied).
We make sure that we keep our school grounds safe by using experts to manage our trees and our grounds.
Drug Misuse, Sex and Relationship
As part of the national curriculum children cover age appropriate sex and relationship education. All parents receive a letter before the subject is covered explaining the topic and how they are taught. We ask parents/carers to make an appointment to speak to the class teacher or headteacher if they have any questions about this.
Children in Years 5 and 6 also cover drug misuse through various outside agency input (i.e.: Police, Healthy Choices through Sport programmes and JIGSAW, Community Officers)
We have excellent relations with our local police and community officers who regularly attend our school events and are invited in to different classes to talk about a variety of topics.
Children (Reception-Year 6) go swimming for at least one term during the school year. They are accompanied by members of staff and parent volunteers (DBS checked) who remain poolside during the lesson and closely supervise the children in the changing rooms. The children are taught swimming by fully trained instructors.
Risk Assessments and School Trips
All school trips involve the undertaking of a risk assessment and our children wear wristbands/high visibility vests clearly identifying them as Northaw C of E School pupils on all educational trips. Adults also wear high visibility vests.
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. We follow the JIGSAW scheme of work for PSHE.
e-Safety is taught as an integral part of the Computing Curriculum (Digital Literacy) throughout a child's time at Northaw. To maintain safe internet use in school we have clear rules for responsible use, which are covered with the children and are displayed in classrooms and the school library.
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 recognise the importance of being aware of the online material and websites that their children are accessing at home.
Our Computing subject leader has received CEOP (National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation Online Protection Command) training, delivered by a CEOP Online Safety and Computing Consultant. As a result she works in conjunction with the latest advice and guidance on the online safeguarding of children. We work in collaboration with parents to address any online issues that concern particular children and deliver annual e- Safety events to highlight the ways to keep our children safe.
Further information on how to help support e-safety at home is available for parents and carers can be found under our e-Safety tab.
All of our members of staff work, from time to time, with individual children and small groups to help resolve any friendship issues. We work closely with our Family Support Workers from the Hertsmere Schools’ Partnership for Protective Behaviours courses and Family Support.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
We have a trained member of staff who works with a range of pupils who may suffer from anxiety, depression, stress and self-esteem symptoms. She uses short and long-term interventions that are intended to give children strategies for coping and finding a way forward.
Parents with children who have special educational needs and/or difficulties are offered support through a range of initiatives run by our Family Support Workers and our local DSPL group (6).
Link to the School SEND Information Report here