St.Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If you are ever concerned about the safety or well-being of someone at our school please talk to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL):
Mr Stuart Colothan Executive Headteacher
Deputy Safeguarding Leads:
Miss Lisa Clayton Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Kate Newman Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Emma Prentki Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Julie Saggerson Learning Mentor
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding procedures in place.
Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy, available on the school’s website, or in hard copy upon request. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern and any observations or conversation heard and report to one of the DSL’s as soon as possible the same day.
If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSL’s in confidence, who will consider what action to take.
All lateness and absences are recorded by Mrs P Jackson, Senior Admin Officer, and reasons for absences or lateness will be requested. Attendance is monitored by the Learning Mentor and Headteacher, and parents are informed if there are any concerns about attendance and punctuality. If concerns continue, referrals can be made to other agencies. Only in exceptional circumstances will term-time absences be granted.
We support our pupils’ use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond, and encourage them to be digitally resilient. We believe that children should adhere to the certification given to games, DVD’s etc.