Keeping children safe in education
is our priority.
At St James, the health, safety and welfare of our children are of paramount importance to us. We respect our pupils and want to provide them with a stimulating and safe environment that encourages them to do their best.
In order to keep our children safe at school, we
- ensure that all our staff – through their induction and on going training - have a clear understanding of their responsibilities towards our children’s safeguarding
- make sure that we have a range of clear and up to date policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety and protection of our pupils in all aspects of school life
- ensure that we teach our pupils how to keep themselves healthy and safe – in and out of school
- ensure that we audit our safeguarding practices regularly so we remain vigilant
The term ‘safeguarding’ encompasses the whole range of issues. It starts with our Christian and British Values that we instil in our children from their first day at St James. Values such as tolerance, trust and compassion – alongside friendship, mutual respect and kindness means that we have an open and honest atmosphere at school, where children are nurtured and taught that they are able to confide in any adult if they are worried about anything.
If you click this link , you can find out more about our school values.
We have very clear expectations of our children’s behaviour and a set of school rules that are regularly discussed in class and whole school assemblies. In addition at the beginning of each year, children discuss with their Class teachers their own classroom rules and they are expected to follow them. Our Home School Agreement also plays a vital part in connecting parents and families at home with the behaviour expectations we wish to see in school. Our children learn from an early age that bullying in any form is not tolerated at St James and that we expect our staff to act as exemplary role models.
Inclusion And Equality
The school has a commitment to equality and accessibility for all and we believe that everyone at St James should be treated with care and respect. Our children are explicitly taught that any form of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality or disability is wrong. In PSHE, our RE lessons and assemblies we explore different ideas, cultures, faiths and beliefs to broaden our pupil’s awareness of the world and we teach tolerance and mutual respect.
You can also find out more on how we support our children with SEND here.
Teaching And Learning
In addition to teaching our children about behaviour and attitudes, we also equip them with a range of practical learning via the curriculum to help keep them safe and healthy throughout their lives. Our PE and PHSE lessons include education on healthy diet, the importance of exercise, road and pedestrian safety, stranger danger and how to deal with bullying. Our Year 6 learn about sex, relationships and drugs as well as more practical lessons such as cycle training.
From Key Stage 1 our children are taught about the importance of staying safe online. At St James – we have very clear E-safety guidelines for both staff and children and everyone signs an Acceptable Use Agreement before they use a computer. As this is a constantly changing world, we try to provide children and parents with as much up to date information as we can about practical ways to stay safe on the internet and E-safety teaching is incorporated regularly into all ICT lessons.
You can follow this link to our dedicated E Safety page. Or you can find out more about the Curriculum here. We also have a Sex and relationships policy and you can find out more about our guidance on Teaching & Learning.
As already mentioned, our staff are expected to act as role models at all times. All members of staff – teaching and non teaching alike – have been recruited following the safer recruitment procedures. Their application forms and CVs are carefully scrutinised and any education or employment gaps are queried. References and all necessary DBS checks are undertaken as a matter of course and we keep an up to date single central record on our employees.
When a new member of staff joins our school they receive an induction and staff handbook which includes information on safeguarding child protection. Our safeguarding and child protection polices clearly set out the school and our staff’s responsibilities towards ensuring that all children at St James are kept safe and protected from harm. All our staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding and child protection training.
These are links to pages on Safeguarding & Child Protection policies which also includes guidance on radicalisation and extremism.
First Aid and Medical Needs
In addition to safeguarding and child protection training, a number of our teachers and teaching assistants have first aid and paediatric first aid qualifications.
With this link you can find out more about Administering Medicines and children with medical conditions and first aid.
Volunteers And Visitors
We also make sure that any volunteer or visitor to school – which includes the staff who run our after school clubs – visits the School office to sign in and read the school information sheet on safeguarding. Volunteers and visitors are not left unsupervised with children at any time unless they are regular volunteers who have completed a DBS check. As a parent, if you would like to know more about volunteering, please come into the School Office
Here is a link to find out more about Volunteering In School .
Ensuring that the school site is safe and risk assessed is the responsibility of our Business Manager. We have a comprehensive Health and Safety policy to ensure that our premises are safe for all. This includes undertaking risk assessments for all school activities (including Friends events) and trips, as well as for aspects of the site.
Staff with key safeguarding responsibilities
- Our designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer is Head teacher, Carol O’Brien.
- Her deputies are Pat Brady (Teaching and Learning Manager), Annie Moore (Assistant Head) and Luke Renwick (Assistant Head)
- Our School Office Manager, Penny Kirkley, is responsible for all aspects of site health and safety along side the Head teacher and our Site manager, Colin Saunders.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by the recent news about safeguarding children in sport, the NSPCC have set up a football helpline on 0800 023 2642. It is free, 24 hrs and completely confidential.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
NSPCC Learn the underwear rule.
Click here to open a great leafet produced by the NSPCC about how to talk to your child in simple language about keeping safe from abuse. It called Talk Pants And You've Got It Covered.
Educate Against Hate
is a website launched by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan as a tool for parents and schools to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation. You can access the new site here.
In order to keep our children safe in school every day we would like to remind parents and visitors to St James of the following rules
During the day
All adults (including parents, visitors and volunteers) should sign in at the school office before visiting a member of staff or a classroom. They will then be issued a visitors’ badge and information on safeguarding at St James.
Items belonging to children, such as homework, PE kits, musical instruments, should be left at the School Office where staff will make sure they are taken on to your child.
Adults without authorisation to be on school premises will need to be escorted by a member of staff. Parents will not be able to go through a classroom as a short cut to other parts of the school.
Parents must pick up their children from outside their external classroom door (the one that leads onto the playground, rather than the one leading to the school’s main corridor). Please do not go through school to reach a classroom.
Both playgrounds will be locked at 3.45pm each day. If you need to collect a child from an after school club, this should happen from the main school entrance or the entrance to the hall where the person in charge of the club will release your child into your safekeeping.
For parents wishing to look in the lost property box, this can be found outside, opposite the bike shelter, outside the Year 2 classroom.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in helping to keep our children safe in school.
Further Safeguarding Information From Ofsted
For further information about keeping children safe in school, you can download two documents from Ofsted here.
You can also use this link to access