We would like to share with you school policies and practices with regards to ensuring that children are taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that staff, governors and volunteers adhere to them. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Whitecote Primary School:
- are good role models for children
- enjoy their work and working with children
- are conscientious and hard-working
- welcome and support visitors to school
- recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
- work within the agreed policies of the school
- promote a happy, caring and safe school
- encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
- create an environment of trust, whereby children are trusted to work seriously
- challenge and support children in their learning.
There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:
- The Designated Child Protection Staff are: Dave Tuck, Tracey Tweed, Karen Johnstone who are overseen by Ms Frances Batty. If you have any child protection concerns please report these immediately to one of the designated team.
- Child Protection – this is a sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Here, school and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is also a named governor for child protection (Peter Riley). The child protection policy can be viewed by parents on the school website or copies can be obtained from the school office.
- Attendance – when children are in school their attendance is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the attendance strategy team, lead by Dave Tuck. The school prides itself on its very good attendance figures.
- Behaviour – high standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know, children do fall out from time to time. Where this is the case it is dealt with sensitively by an adult, who gives both children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. Children are often reminded about our school and our Aspire non-negotiable rules. They know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and to keep safe.
- Health and safety - everyone here at Whitecote Primary School knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has several fully trained paediatric first aid members of staff, of which two are based in Foundation stage who deal with accidents should they occur.
- Curriculum – through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by the many visitors to school, eg police officers that talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.
- Safer recruitment and selection – this aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
- Complaints – should parents have any complaints, the school staff will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues arising. There is a clear procedure in place. The headteacher will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children. Remember no problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue. If you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved, then you could contact the complaints committee of the governing body.
We all know that children thrive better and are able to reach their full potential when school and families work closely together. All of us here at Whitecote Primary School are totally committed to this and we look forward to our continuing close partnership with you in the future.