Keeping Children Safe

Pastoral Care

The class teachers are your first port of call if you have any concerns at all about your child’s emotional well-being.  No concern is too small.  We want to work in close partnership with you to support every aspect of your child’s well-being and happiness.  The class teachers keep a close eye on each child in their class and support them in learning to express feelings appropriately and solve problems in a positive, constructive manner.  The teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors also support the children by listening, reassuring and supporting them throughout the school day.

Health and Welfare

We are all concerned with the well-being of the children, and if any child is taken ill or has an accident during the school day, the parents will be notified. Please ensure that the school has an emergency telephone number at which either parent or named person can be contacted. Please notify us of any change of telephone number or contact name.  Our teaching assistants are qualified First Aiders.

Illness
For all absences the school requires notification by letter or phone call and we ask that you contact the school office on the morning of the first day of absence.  If your child is unwell and suffers from sickness or diarrhoea, please give them 48 hours in which to recover as recommended by the Dorset County Medical Officers.  Absences not covered by a telephone call or a letter will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

Medicines
In accordance with Dorset LA guidelines, medicines should not be brought to school. Prescribed and non-prescribed medicines will not be administered to children during the school day. If prescribed medication does need to be administered during the school day, we request that parents come to school to give their child the medicine.  Arrangements for children on long term medication are negotiated with the Headteacher.

In light of recent changes to guidelines for schools regarding asthma, we are currently reviewing our policy and will shortly be providing an update for parents with asthmatic children.

Security

Every step is taken to ensure that the children are as safe as possible in school. We welcome parents and visitors to school and ask you to always present yourself at the office. Visitors, helpers and contractors all have to ‘sign in’ and wear an identity badge. We are constantly reviewing our security to prevent unauthorised entry but allow an easy and quick exit in case of emergency! Gates on the outside play area for the younger children are padlocked as is the school playground gate when the children are out playing. There are movement alarms on outside doors, again so we can look after our children.

Collecting Children from School

All children should be accompanied to and from school by a responsible person.  All children will need to be collected from their classroom.  If you will not be collecting your child from school, please notify your child’s class teacher, preferably in writing, of the person who will be collecting them that day.  If you will be allowing another person to collect your child on a fairly regular basis, please also put this in writing.  Further confirmation by telephone will then not be required. If you need to collect your child during the school day, e.g. for a medical appointment, please come to the school office, and ‘sign them out’.

Child Protection

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is our Headteacher, Mrs Annette Faithfull. Our first priority is your child’s welfare, and therefore there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult with other agencies before we contact you. The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Area Child Protection Committee have determined the procedures we must follow.

Find out more about these procedures >> Child Protection in School

View our Child Protection Policy >>Child Protection Policy