Keeping Your Child Safe

Child Protection

The school has a clear policy on child protection and safeguarding in line Bracnell Forest Council.  The Headteacher is the School’s Designated Child Protection Person.  Other school staff members who have also received full Designated Child Protection training are the Deputy Headteacher, the Assistant Headteacher and the Family Worker.  Any concerns can be reported to any of these staff members.  We have close working relationships with other professionals, including Health and Social Services.

If an issue is raised about a child who appears to be neglected, ill treated or not thriving, we have a duty to clarify the situation.  We will contact parents/ carers to find out whether there are any problems that can be dealt with.  However, in some circumstances the law requires us to take action to protect a child from abuse or neglect by contacting social services without first informing parents or carers.

We recognise that all families have times of difficulty and may need some support.  We encourage you to let us know if you need help, and we will do our best to put you in contact with the right people to help and support you.

We believe that an open and honest partnership with families is vital.  Problems at home often show themselves in school and vice versa.  Communication is essential so that we can support you and your children.  Please let us know if events at home might affect your child’s behaviour and emotional well being in school.

Family Support Worker

Our School Family Support Worker is Mrs Paula Whitehead.  Mrs Whitehead is in school Monday – Wednesday 8.30am – 3pm and Thursday and Friday 8.30am – 12 noon.  Raising children is wonderful but can sometimes be really challenging! We know that sometimes families need a little extra support or advice. If you would like to discuss anything or would like some extra encouragement and support, Mrs Whitehead is here to help.  Please visit her if you have any problems.  You can contact her via the main school reception or by telephoning the school on: 01344 301269.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The School follows rigorous procedures when employing staff.  All members of the school staff, adults who help regularly in school, governors and adults from outside organisations, for example sports coaches are all checked.

Security in School

The security of the school is a priority.  During the day all gates that access the school site are locked.  The main school entrance is open and manned from 11.30am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 12.45pm to allow our nursery parents and carers to collect and drop off.

The internal Reception doors are controlled electronically and cannot be opened by anyone who is not permitted to enter.

Visitors sign in at Reception and wear a badge.  Staff understand the need to check the identity of anyone on the School premises who is not wearing a badge.

There is an emergency action plan in place in the event of an emergency.  We hope never to use the plan, but you will appreciate the importance of having procedures in place.  Emergency procedures are practised regularly.

We rely on the local community to support us in keeping our school safe.  Please let us know if you see any unusual or suspicious activity around the School site.

Use of Photographs

We have a policy about use of the internet.  Please let us know if you do not want your child’s photograph to be used in publications that go out of school or on our school website.  You will be advised by school staff regarding the use of cameras and video equipment at school events.  We do ask that you are sensitive when using photographs on social media and use only those images of your child / children.

Parents’ and Carers’ Contact Details

Please keep us up to date with contact details, including address and telephone numbers and children’s medical details, emergency contacts and any other relevant information.  It is very helpful for us to have a phone number for text messages as this provides a way of sending information quickly, for example, if  a coach is held up and children are likely to arrive back later than expected.  Please make sure you register with our Parentmail system which we use as our primary way to communicate with parents for example fortnightly newsletters, school information and parents evenings.