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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
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. 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 and Year 2 Teacher
Dr. Amy Taylor - Chair of Governors
The policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. Certain governors and all staff in school have had appropriate child protection/safeguarding training, which is updated at least every three years. DSPs have further training and all staff have undergone Prevent training.
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 half-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.
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. Wherever 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.
Archbishop Cranmer C of E Academy is a secure school with door access control to main entrance. We have clear routines and procedures in place, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it 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 you to report any concerns to the school office.
We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times.
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 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 our 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 sit on all 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.
Induction of volunteers and welcoming visitors
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 Personal, Social and Health 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 PSHE curriculum. To find out more, please visit our PSHE 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. Children in Year 6 take part in D.A.R.E. alongside key PSHE 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.
Risk assessments are conducted for all activities beyond the school grounds, and these are signed off by the Educational Visits Coordinator and head teacher.
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 Policy.
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.
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.
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.