Safeguarding

Safeguarding is defined as protecting children from maltreatment, keeping children safe in all areas of their life and ensuring the best outcomes in their education, health and well-being.

Safeguarding arrangements at St Mark’s include:

Child Protection Policy

  • Lead designated person for child protection
  • Named Governor for Child Protection
  • All staff have annual training for Child Protection
  • Clear procedures are in place if there is suspicion of abuse

Recruitment and Vetting

  • All adults working with pupils in the school have enhanced DBS checks
  • All staff and Governors have completed Safer Recruitment training and prioritise safeguarding when interviewing
  • An application procedure is in place for all volunteers and any involved in regulated activity are DBS checked
  • All volunteers not in regulated activity are supervised by a member of staff
  • The Safeguarding policy is shared with volunteers

Visitors

  • All visitors report to the School Reception and sign in electronically
  • All visitors wear an identification sticker
  • A safeguarding leaflet is given to all visitors on arrival

Behaviour

The school provides a caring environment in which every child should feel happy and secure. We aim to encourage positive attitudes to each other and expect everyone to be treated with politeness and courtesy. The school has a Code of Conduct and a behaviour policy which clearly explain what the expectations are of children in and out of school. We also monitor children’s behaviour using a STEPS procedure. There is a clear policy based on choice, clear rewards and sanctions. The school has reporting systems in place and monitoring and analysis takes place termly. Children who cannot behave within the bounds of the school’s behaviour policy may have privileges withdrawn. With cases of persistent behaviour problems, parents will be involved in seeking a solution, this may include referrals to other agencies. As a last resort children who persistently break the school’s code of behaviour will be excluded for up to five days.

Attendance and Punctuality

The Admin team will contact parents on the first day of absence. Persistent absentees and lateness is tracked and the school will ask to meet with parents to discuss any issues. The Local Authority Education Welfare Service monitors attendance and meets half termly with the school to discuss those children whose attendance is below 90%  Lateness disrupts the start of the day and is upsetting for the other children and for teachers. If your child is ill, or will be late for particular reasons, please phone the school immediately to let us know. On your return to school please send a note, as we have to record all reasons for absence. Parents of children who are persistently late or frequently absent will be contacted by the headteacher.
If you wish your child to be absent from the school for a particular reason, other than illness, this must be authorised by the headteacher. Forms to request absence are available from the office.

Pastoral Support

  • Social skills interventions
  • Lego Club at lunchtime
  • Sports activities at lunchtime led by Fit for Sport staff
  • Places at before and after school club for vulnerable pupils
  • Work with external agencies, including SAFE
  • Home visits for all reception pupils before starting at St Mark’s

Site Security and Safety

  • Daily checks of the site are carried out before school to ensure there are no hazards
  • Gates are opened in the morning at 8.45am and closed as soon as possible after 9.00am
  • School staff are on duty in the playground before and after school
  • Children are escorted to After School club at the end of the day
  • Regular Fire risk assessments
  • Regular fire and emergency evacuation drills are carried out
  • Regular health and safety checks are carried out
  • Nominated Health and Safety Governor
  • Risk assessments carried out for all off site activities

Medical Needs

  • Clear policy in place 
  • Medical plans in place
  • SMSA’s, Teaching Assistants, and HLTA’s are trained in First Aid.
  • Minor injuries are dealt with by trained staff 
  • 2 members of staff are trained in pediatric first aid. 
  • All staff trained in management of anaphylaxis shock and asthma

Curriculum

  • Personal, Social, Health Education taught across the school
  • Play Leaders
  • Enabling Enterprise
  • Keeping Safe Assemblies e.g. NSPCC
  • Relationship and Sex Education
  • NSPCC PANTS Campaign
  • Road Safety
  • Bike and Scooter Safety
  • Friendship Week

On Line Safety

  • E-Safety Policy
  • E-Safety Resources on website
  • Pupils are taught how to keep safe when using the internet
  • Internet Safety day
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Internet filtering by LGFL
  • Workshops offered to parents

Useful documents and websites

NSPCC Pants

Arrival and Collection

Any child who has not been collected will be taken to the school office, to be looked after until their parents/carer arrives. We need to know in advance who is to collect your child. If you change your plan, even for one day, you MUST let us know as we will not allow a child to go with another adult unless we have been given parental permission.

 

Personal Accident

Although the school carries standard insurance cover, we do not carry personal accident insurance for pupils. Parents may wish to make their own arrangements either with a separate policy or through their household policies.