Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at St. Elizabeth’s:
- are good role models for children
- enjoy their work and working with children
- are conscientious and hard-working
- welcome to support visitors to school
- recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
- work within that agreed policies of the school
- promote a happy, caring and safe school
- encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
- create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
- challenge and support children in their learning.
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. We work with other services for children and families to support the needs of children. There is also a named governor for child protection. The child protection policy can be viewed below or a hard copy is available from the school office on request.
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by our Learning Mentors.
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.
Everyone at St. Elizabeth’s knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed events and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.
All of our staff and children are aware of the best practice around e-safety and we regularly draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. We encourage parents to also ensure this is practiced within the home.
At St. Elizabeth’s we use ICT throughout the curriculum in order to provide children with additional opportunities which enhance their learning. ICT is only ever used for this benefit and never for any other reasons.
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post. At all staff appointments at least one of the appointment panel is Safer Recruitment Trained.
If parents have any complaints, we will listen to your concerns and will follow up any issues. The school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. There is a clear procedure in place and senior leaders will always be happy to meet with you and help resolve any issues. If you continue to feel an issue has not been resolved then you can contact our Governing Body via the school office.