Keeping our children safe is of the greatest importance here at Holbeton Primary School. We recognise that in order for our children to thrive in school they need to be SAFE, HAPPY and HEALTHY.
Holbeton School prides itself on its informal, relaxed atmosphere that sends a clear message encouraging children and parents to tell staff or governors if there are any issues causing them concern. We will always listen and deal with the problem fairly, quickly and consistently.
Safeguarding is central to all that we do and permeates all aspects of school life. A wide range of measures are in place in order to achieve this.
For more information from Devon Safeguarding, please click here.
Staff Training/Safeguarding Policy
A high priority is given to staff training. The designated officers for child protection are Chris Rickard and Kate Nash. All other staff have the appropriate child protection training that is updated regularly. The designated governor is Ms Fern Kenyon.
There is a detailed safeguarding policy available from the school office or here. The Trust reviews this policy annually and addresses any deficiencies immediately.
Safeguarding is an agenda on every full governing body meeting.
We take site security very seriously and have recently invested in new perimeter fencing. Gates are locked except at the start and the end of the day. An intercom is in place for visitors to contact the office outside these hours. All visitors must show identification and sign in and out using our computerised InVentry system. All visitors are issued with a RED lanyard for the duration of their visit, which should be visible at all times.
Children are only allowed home with an adult other than their parent, if parental permission has been given in advance. No child can leave the school alone during school hours.
A regular premises audit helps to ensure a safe and secure site and children are supervised at all times during play.
The Design of the Curriculum
The curriculum teaches pupils how to stay safe, protect themselves from harm and take responsibility for their own and others safety. Pupils are encouraged to explore and discuss relevant issues in Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) on Friday afternoons in vertically grouped classes. Our children are regularly exposed to new situations that result in safety issues being taught in a structured, controlled manner – bikeability, day trips, residential trips to Grenville House and France, Forest school, visits from the school nurse, fire brigade, Air Ambulance and police.
Appointment of Staff and Induction of Volunteers
Excellent attendance is expected of all children, but when children are unwell parents are asked to confirm absence by telephone or email before Registration closes. If there is no notification, we have a policy of phoning home to ascertain each child’s whereabouts. The school works closely with the Local Authority’s Welfare officer on the rare occasions when a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern
We discourage authorised absence during term time for holidays.
We are committed to healthy eating. KSI are provided with fruit at break time and KS2 encouraged to bring fruit snacks. We are continually reviewing our meal time provision taking into account the views of the parents and the children.
Behaviour and Anti Bullying
Courteous and responsible behaviour is actively encouraged and we have high expectations of good behaviour from the children. Our behaviour policy demonstrates our emphasis on positive approaches and clear boundaries.
We do not tolerate bullying in our school community, and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively. There is a more detailed Anti-bullying Policy that is available here and as a paper copy from the school office.
Safe Built Environment
Our H&S Governor, Richard Selwyn and WeST Estates team oversee any problems relating to the school buildings. An annual audit-both internal and external – identifies any potential safety issues and sets in motion appropriate measures to ensure an ongoing safe environment for the pupils and staff.
All parents are asked to give formal signed consent for their child to access the internet. Pupils are not left unsupervised and are taught how to use the internet in a safe way. Any suspicion of misuse must be reported to the Head immediately.
Photographing and Videoing
Photographs and videos are only taken following written parental consent. Any photographs taken by parents can only be used within their family and must not be posted on any social network site if they include any children other than their own.
In school there are key trained members of staff who volunteer to oversee first aid.
When a child is poorly, or has suffered an accident in school or on the playground there is a protocol for staff to follow:
- A trained first aider is consulted
- Any child who has had a bump/injury at playtime or lunchtime break is carefully monitored by staff and if they remain well we inform parents at the end of the day. Additionally, all head injuries are reported to parents by a written letter, including recommended action if the child becomes increasingly unwell.
- If there is any doubt at all about a child’s wellbeing, a parent is contacted.
Parents are welcome to come into school to administer prescribed medication. For many medicines, a dose before and after school is perfectly adequate.
We ensure appropriate provision for children with chronic medical conditions. (For example, all staff trained annually in use of epipen)
Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with a child with the utmost sensitivity and always seek guidance from the Headteacher.
Wherever possible, parents will be contacted/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.
If members of staff have any concerns about people working within the school they have a professional duty to inform the Head teacher or WeST, our trust. These issues will be dealt with swiftly and sensitively and more details are available in the Whistle-Blowing policy.
Policies that you may find useful
All policies can be found here or at the school office.
- Safeguarding Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Attendance Policy
- Behaviour & Anti-bullying Policy
- Positive Handling Policy
- Safer Recruitment Policy
- Whistle Blowing Policy
- Internet Policy (being prepared)