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Archbishop Cranmer C of E Academy

Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10:10



Keeping our children safe is our highest priority. 


This page is all about safeguarding our children - keeping them safe in every way within our community, and helping them to learn about how they can keep themselves safe.


Safeguarding Children Statement

Our school ethos is that the effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of a system where we listen and hear what they say. At Archbishop Cranmer Primary Academy the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our children is our highest priority. Parents and carers send their children to our school each day, trusting us to provide a secure environment in which their children will flourish. Every individual within our school will play their part, including working with professionals from other agencies, to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and keep them safe. We do everything we can to ensure that this expectation is a reality in our school.  Our Safeguarding policy  can be found on the policies page on this website. 


Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Mrs Melanie Stevens  - Head Teacher

Mrs Eleanor Hodgson - SEND Lead

Mrs Lauren Rogers - Deputy Head Teacher

Dr. Amy Taylor - Governor responsible for Safeguarding


The policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. 

 All staff  in school and some governors have had appropriate child protection/safeguarding training, which is updated annually.   


If you have a Safeguarding Concern

If you have a concern about a young person or adult, you will find all relevant information about what to do and forms at Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all professionals to report safeguarding concerns. If a child is in immediate danger or is at risk of serious significant harm, you should contact the Police (999) and refer to MASH as soon as possible.


Further information is available at the Nottingham Children's Partnership website.


Alternatively, you can call ChildLine for advice on 0800 1111 or email them by visiting


Health and safety

The school follows the Aspire MAT Health and Safety Policy, which is also monitored by a school governor. The Local Authority provide an inspection service and we use their monitoring checklist to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilities.  The headteacher, school business manager  and governors oversee this comprehensive list.  Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.


On a Termly basis, there are  drills to practice efficient evacuation e.g fire, and lock-down procedures.  The school has recently undergone a £300,000 fire-safety upgrade including new fire-doors, fire-alarms, lighting and kitchen improvements. We conduct regular  Fire Risk Assessments. There is also an Emergency Plan  that details what staff and parents/carers should do in the case of emergencies.


First aid

We have trained members of staff, designated to oversee first aid, including paediatric first aid. First aid kits are situated around school.  Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity. Whenever necessary, parents/carers will be contacted or asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision making process for such matters. In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent.  

The school has a Medical Conditions Policy and an Intimate Care Policy.


Site security

Archbishop Cranmer C of E Academy  is a safe and secure school: in summer 2021 we  completed extensive works on our site with a new fence installed around our perimeter along with a new car park gate which in addition to the door access control to main entrance, has added excellent security to our school site. We have clear routines and procedures in place,  and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security.  Our children and parents/carers are crucial to this process and we encourage our community to report any concerns to the school office.


Road safety

We encourage all pupils and staff to consider their means of travel to school.  This will include walking, car sharing and the use of public transport.  Parents/carers are asked to be considerate of others when bringing their child to school by car and park  where they  will  not  be  causing  a problem  to  pedestrians,  residents  or  other drivers.  The safety of our children as they travel to and from school, is a key priority for us all.



Excellent attendance is expected of all children. However, in the event that a child is unwell parents are asked to report absence by 9:15 am on the first day.

Please see the  Attendance page on the website for more information. 


Appointment and induction of staff and work placements

All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check.  This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them.  If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the headteacher and the Governing Body.  The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.


The headteacher has undertaken relevant Safer Recruitment training and sits on  appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants.  Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for their induction period.  It is the responsibility of the mentors to familiarise new staff with procedures, policies and safeguarding practices, which affect the health and safety of all at school, especially the children. We have a comprehensive Induction Standard for all new staff members. 


Welcoming visitors

 All staff have a responsibility to ensure that visitors to the school are properly welcomed and managed safely within school. All staff are aware of our Visitor Guidance which applies to all visitors equally, including VIPs.  Please read this guidance here.

This includes, for example, information that all volunteers must also have DBS clearance. For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.

We confirm that all visitors with a professional role - e.g. visiting teachers  or theatre groups - have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.


The design of the curriculum

The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two key ways.

Firstly, the curriculum - through cross-curricular topics and planning around Relationships, Health and Sex Education - discusses relevant and topical issues with the children. Specific topics include such themes as Drugs, Sex and Relationships, Stranger Danger and E-Safety. These are taught through our HeartSmart RHE curriculum. To find out more, please visit our RHSE curriculum page. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues together and with their teachers and teaching partners. We also discuss a wide range of issues around safety and well being on a very regular basis in assemblies and in the classroom, for example, with the NSPCC teaching the children how to 'speak out and stay safe', teaching children how to stay safe in the sun with the 'wrap, Splat, Hat Sun-Safe  programme', inviting Network Rail in (this year via zoom) to talk about Railway Safety, with  Children in Year 6 taking learning how to stay safe as they grow older with the D.A.R.T. programme,  alongside key RSHE learning.


Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taken out of school, appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are authorised by the head teacher.


We have child-friendly safeguarding and child-on-child abuse standards which are shared with the children to ensure that they recognise the ways in which they are kept safe in school and the ways in which they can recognise forms of abuse and get support when they need it. 


The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and local community are at the heart of all we do at Archbishop Cranmer, and we recognise the importance of fostering and promoting mental wealth in supporting those who need it and the implications this has within safeguarding our pupils, too. Termly surveys enable us to understand how our pupils are feeling and put in place interventions and external service support as required. We also have a designated care team of staff, including 2 trained ELSAs (Miss Wilkinson and Mrs Chilton). To find out more about how we care for the mental health and wellbeing of our school community, see our page here.


Trips and Visits

All activities beyond the school grounds are signed off by the head teacher and the Educational Visits Coordinator and we use Nottinghamshire County Council Outdoor Education Advisor facility 'Evolve' for supporting us with  the provision and implementation of health and safety procedures, guidance and specific advice,  offering:

  • guidance for working with children on the safe management of school visits and off site learning (based on good practice and legal requirement)

  • production of generic risk assessments

  • training in the management of schools visits and off site learning

  • provision of a web based storage and approval system - *Evolve

  • provision of an advisory service

  • formally approving all higher risk activities as in compliance with Local Authority Standards

  • monitoring of system use, school procedures and external visits.r



Children should be encouraged to use the internet, but at all times in a safe way. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If any adult or child suspects misuse, either by a teacher or child, the issue must be reported to the head teacher without delay.  For more information, see our E-Safety Policy and our E-Safety page on this website.


Disability equality scheme and equal opportunities

We work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all are considered equal in the learning partnership. When children have special needs, we make arrangements to inform parents/carers and design specific programmes. We ensure that the outcomes for all groups of children allow them to reach their full potential. Children with physical needs and disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and activity, and every measure is taken to ensure this. For more information, see our Equality Statement.



Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations. Our policy shows our strong emphasis on positive approaches, but also our clear boundaries in responding to behaviour choices that threaten the learning, well being or safety of others. For more information, see our Behaviour Policy.



Our definition of bullying is: Several Times On Purpose - STOP

The school’s response to this is unequivocal. We do not tolerate bullying in our school community, and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively.


Adults must be informed immediately and action will be taken. If any child tells us that they feel they are being bullied, they know that we will support them and deal with the problem very quickly. Although bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action.  For more information, see our Anti-bullying Standard.


Photographing and filming

There has been a lot of controversy recently about adults photographing and filming young people. The concerns are genuine, and at Archbishop Cranmer we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows parents/carers to photograph and video, providing they follow certain guidelines: Parents/carers taking photographs are advised in advance of all school events that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used on any social media.


Image consent

We sometimes use images of children, both on our website, twitter feed and in press releases. However parents/carers are given the option at intake to refuse use of their child's image. Parents/carers can change their preferences at anytime by requesting a consent form from the office.



If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working within the school, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the head teacher or Governing body accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally. Staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the highest appropriate level of confidentiality. For more information, see our Whistleblowing Policy.


Children Looked After

Our designated teacher responsible for Children Looked After is Mrs Eleanor Hodgson. She will lead PEP meetings, liaise with social workers and Virtual Schools. For more information, see our CLA Policy. 


Rail Safety

We are proud to be a Gold Rail Safe Friendly School, after having successfully gained Bronze and Silver Status earlier in the academic year 2023-24.


To achieve Gold Status, our whole school have engaged with learning materials to help our pupils to understand how to stay safe by the railway, and have shared this with our school community and other schools, too by making posters which we have shared with the rail safety network. As a school located close to the railway, this is especially important to keep our pupils safe and equip them with the knowledge to make safe choices in their village and beyond.


Watch the free broadcast shared with the pupils, here: Contains a wealth of information and resources to further explore this topic.

How can families help with keeping children safe?

  • Make sure all addresses and contact numbers are up to date;
  • If someone different is picking your child up, please let us know;
  • Be at school on time every day at 8:45am ready for 8:55 am bell  and 3.30pm;
  • Notify the school about your child’s absence – unexplained absences are a key trigger for concern.
  • There is lots of information on our Safeguarding notice board outside near main entrance. 


Safety on the Web

To help your child stay safe online, we encourage you to visit the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Child Protection) and the NSPCC websites to build knowledge of how to stay safe online. This website has lots of fun activities from which children can gain vital information on staying safe.


Please click the links below to access these websites:


Child-Friendly Search Engines

Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine from the Online Safety experts at SWGfL. Designed to make searching the internet for images or content more than just a bit hit and miss. Swiggle can be used on computers at school, and at home.

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