Parents should be made aware that the school is required to take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. The school follows the Derbyshire Children's Safeguarding Board guidelines for Child Protection and has a Designated Safeguarding Lead (the Head Teacher), and the Deputy DSL is Miss Brown, who both receive regular training. The Child Protection Governor is Mrs. Kath Naylor. Safeguarding procedures are routinely followed and implemented. All staff are trained and updated in procedures in staff meetings throughout the year. All relevant policies are up to date and shared with all staff.
If you need to report any concerns regarding Child Protection contact Starting Point - 01629 533190. (Call Derbyshire)
All external doors are locked throughout the school day and entrance is only by key holders. Visitors to the school are asked to report to the main entrance to sign in the visitor log-book and wear visitor badges for the duration of their stay. Children who arrive late or who leave early must be signed in or out by a responsible adult. A pupil log-book is kept in the entrance hall. The front gate is kept locked and there is no public access to the Medway Centre from Bath Street during school hours.
Safety of the children is of paramount importance to us. Parking is very difficult in the vicinity of the school and limited on Bath Street so please be considerate to other road users and pedestrians when bringing
your children to school. There is no parking available for parents on our site. Free parking is available in
the Co-op car park for Derbyshire Dales residents from 4pm through till 11 am week days apart from Mondays. Throughout the year we arrange for the local police to visit to talk about Road Safety and we
participate in National and local Walk to School Week events. There are zig-zag lines outside the school gates which must be kept clear for emergency access at all times.
We talk to the children about their own safety and encourage them to learn how to keep themselves safe whether this is through story, or visitors to school or through our curriculum; it is an important message to learn. We have an Anti Bullying Week each year where we spend more time considering all aspects of bullying and promote positive relationships. We share ideas in circle time and PSHE lessons, either through discussion or use of puppets.
The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors are both trained in Safer Recruitment procedures and follow these to the letter when appointing new staff.
Medicines in school
In our school the only medicines which are permitted in school are for serious allergies (eg bee stings, nut etc) or where the medicine is part of a SEND statement or Health Care Plan. Inhalers are kept with the child in their class for ease of access when required. All other medicines are stored securely and only accessed by staff when they need to be administered. Any other medicine that is required must be administered by parents or family members by arrangement with the Head Teacher. No member of staff will administer any medicine unless the correct forms have been completed.
Parents are asked to fill in a permission form and health care plan if necessary. Click on the links below.
We value PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) as an important part of the development of every child. At our school we set aside time each week for Circle Time/PSHE sessions where children can share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of life with each other in a respectful and secure environment.
Our school council are elected each year by their peers. They meet with our Head Teacher to discuss our school and ways to help improve it.
In the last 3 years activities the school council have helped in the following ways:
- Garden sign competition
- Whole school prayer
- Anti bullying competition posters
- Revised playground buddies
- Written a thank you letter to Councillor Twigg for £250 for a new shed and trees for the kitchen garden
- Decided upon charity support Marie Curie/Bluebell Wood
- Discussed need for playing more games at playtimes (led to playground play leader)
- Collective Worship questionnaire and assembly to share outcomes
- Zones for play ground
- Shared school logo and vision
- Decided on what to do for Red Nose Day
- Written school prayers
- Y2 attended the Cluster Parliament – Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP in attendance
Written school charter following British Values day:
We also cover aspects of safety through Collective Worship sessions covering road safety, sun safety, Stranger Danger, Anti Bullying and general safety. A recent discussion on feeling safe in school resulted in the following response from pupils
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