Safeguarding is about promoting welfare and keeping children safe. It is a priority for everyone in our school community.
If you have a child protection concern, acting quickly can make all the difference. Please speak to a member of our team:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Josie Burrows.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Julie Knock and Sarah Bulgin.
Or you can contact the Single Point of Advice (SPOA). Or call 01323 464222. You don’t need to give your name.
For serious out of hours concerns that cannot wait until the next day, contact the Emergency Duty Service on 01424 724144
If you think a child is in immediate danger, you should call the police.
East Sussex County Council has information about organisations that help families.
Governor Mrs Natalia Norton monitors our safeguarding policy and practices.
Safeguarding in practice
Operation Encompass is a Police initiative, to inform schools within 24 hours, when there has been an incident of Domestic Violence or Abuse which involves a pupil at the school.
When the Police attend a DV/A incident, and there are children present, they will identify the children’s schools and then notify the school, via email, that the incident occurred.
The information shared with the school will be limited: no details of the incident, merely that there was an incident and that Police attended.
By informing the school of this, the school can be better equipped to support that child, whether that means additional monitoring and TLC, if they are presenting as upset, or perhaps a more generous interpretation of the behaviour and sanctions policy, if they are presenting with challenging behaviour.
School Council regularly talk about safety in school. They consider the physical environment and visitor access. They discuss who to talk to when a child feels unsafe in or out of school.
We encourage pupils to understand the importance of stable, loving relationships, respect, love, and care. We equip pupils with accurate information, positive values and the skills to enjoy healthy, safe and positive relationships.
Years 5 and 6 join the annual ‘Safety in Action’ workshops at the Bohemia Road Fire Station. They learn about rail and water safety and the dangers of electricity pylons. They also learn how to get help in the event of a fire.
Each year, children take part in the Bike Ability award scheme with qualified instructors. The children start on the school playground. When ready, they progress to the residential estate across from the school.
We work with East Sussex Fire and Rescue and the local police. They present regular fire safety talks and a range of safety workshops for KS1 and KS2.
Twice a year, members of the NSPCC charity come into school. They present a whole school assembly and lead a workshop with Years 5 and 6.
The British Heart Foundation run a ‘Restart a Heart’ workshop for Years 5 and 6.