At Coldfall we take our role to act In Loco Parentis extremely seriously. Whilst your children are in our care we do the upmost to ensure they have a happy, and healthy experience, and that we have the best Safeguarding measures in place. Staff take part in regular training to fulfil these roles, so that you can rest assured they will remain safe in our care throughout the day.
Below is some information on how we achieve these goals, but if you have any further questions please contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents should notify the school of any medical issues relating to their child on admission to the school, including details of any medication. Children with a long-term medical condition will need to complete a medical plan.
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Please read our Medical Needs Policy for further information.
We set very high expectations for behaviour as we do for learning and we have very clear rules, sanctions and rewards. We encourage children to take responsibility for their behaviour, to care for each other, respect the school environment and have exemplary manners. It is also our aim to create good citizens who actively contribute to our community and who are committed to making a better world.
Read our Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policies.
A Healthy School
Coldfall has two qualified sports coaches committed to developing fit, healthy bodies.
We teach the benefits of exercise and eating a healthy diet. Our school meals meet all the nutritional standards and have been awarded the ‘Food for Life’ standard. All infant children receive a free hot school meal every day.
Find out more about school lunches HERE.
We also teach social and emotional learning skills to encourage children to develop good relationships with others, positive attitudes and mental well-being.
In our Food Technology room, children learn about nutrition, healthy eating and basic cooking skills.
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Coldfall is a very inclusive school and we welcome children with special needs, be they learning, social, behavioural or physical. We have a clear SEND policy and ensure all children are provided for as effectively as is possible.
Children with statements of special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are given priority for admission and we make every effort to ensure they settle quickly and are given the support they require. Disabled access and facilities are in our Pond View building, new Reception classrooms and on the ground floor of the main building. There is also a lift up to the first floor.
Read our statement on current SEND funding HERE.
It is a sad reality that some children are abused by members of their family or by trusted adults physically, emotionally, sexually or through neglect. All schools have a legal duty to look for signs of abuse and report suspected cases to Social Services, who will then carry out any necessary investigation. At Coldfall we take this matter very seriously, using the local authority’s guidelines in carrying out our duty of care to our children.
Schools are also required by law to provide relevant information on children to Social Services as part of any investigation and to share that information at multi-agency child protection meetings, to which parents are usually invited.
While we always aim to work in partnership with parents in relation to children’s welfare, the safety and protection of the children are always paramount.
Read our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy HERE
Read our Safeguarding Statement
At Coldfall we have a strong commitment to safeguard all our children, ensuring their health, safety and well being in all areas of our practice. To this end we aim to:
- ensure all our staff have a clear understanding of and commitment to their responsibilities towards children’s safeguarding;
- ensure the school has clear procedures and key personnel in place to ensure safeguarding in all aspects of school life;
- ensure the school specifically incorporates the teaching of health and keeping safe within the wider curriculum;
- ensure the school audits its safeguarding practices on an annual basis to ensure we meet all statutory requirements and remain vigilant around all aspects of safeguarding.
Key areas of safeguarding responsibilities:
Safeguarding encompasses the following:
- Staff recruitment, vetting, appointment and training
- Volunteers, trainees and visitors to the school
- All aspects of child protection
- Site security and safety, including fire procedures
- Risk assessment of all activities, trips and residential journeys
- E-safety teaching, learning and procedures
- Medical and first aid procedures
- Behaviour, bullying and restraint
- Equalities and discrimination
The school follows the safer recruitment procedures and the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors have undertaken the Safer Recruitment training. Application forms and CVs are carefully scrutinised and any education or employment gaps are queried. References, medical checks and all necessary DBS checks are undertaken in line with recommended good practice and statutory requirements. The school maintains an up to date Single Central Record on all its employees. This is checked by the HT and Chair of Governors termly.
Staff receive a clear induction which includes information on safeguarding and their responsibilities towards ensuring children and all who come into the school are kept safe. All staff should read and familiarise themselves with key policies including – Health and Safety, Child Protection, Behaviour and Bullying.
All staff receive in house training with regard to child protection prior to beginning work with children. Staff training is updated annually. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy receive central training appropriate to their roles at least every two years. Regular training and updates on all other aspects of safeguarding – for example several members of support staff receive annual training in emergency first aid and the IT technician provides E-safety updates. A log of training is kept by the school.
Allegations against staff
Any allegations made are referred to the LADO for advice and relevant procedures followed. Should a member of staff leave or be dismissed as a result of safeguarding concerns the school has a legal duty to make a referral to the DBS and failure to do so would be a criminal offence. This referral would be made by the HT or in the case of an allegation against the HT, by the CoG.
The school has adopted the LA Whistle Blowing policy and all staff have a duty to ensure any safeguarding issues concerning staff are brought to the HT’s immediate attention.
Volunteers and visitors
All volunteers and visitors sign in and read the school information mini guide on Health and Safety. Volunteers/visitors may not be left unsupervised with any children at any time. Regular volunteers to the school are asked to complete a DBS check.
Child Protection – the school has a separate, detailed and up to date CP policy – this is read and a declaration signed by all staff as part of the in house child protection training.
Site safety – please see our Health and Safety policy for a comprehensive understanding of all procedures here.
Risk Assessment – the school business manager maintains a risk assessment file for all school activities and trips, as well as for aspects of the site, and unexpected events such as a strike day or inclement weather plan.
E-safety – the school has separate E-safety guidelines for staff and children and also provides advice and support to parents. This is a constantly changing area and needs regular review. Updates on emerging issues are provided to staff by the IT technician – e.g. sexting is a recent issue emerging on the national news, so staff need to be made aware. E-safety teaching is incorporated regularly into IT and computing lessons.
Medical and first aid – the school has 10 named first aiders, who receive regular training, 2 of these are paediatric first aiders. There is a key admin officer who oversees the maintenance of the medical room and orders all necessary first aid supplies. The school has a separate Medical Needs policy, which should be read in conjunction with this.
Behaviour, Bullying and Restraint
All staff are expected to act as exemplary role models and ensure they create an environment with clear behaviour expectations which create security for the children. Children should feel safe and nurtured and be able to confide in adults in school if they are worried. The school has a clear Behaviour and Anti Bullying policy which staff need to be familiar with and apply. There is also a Restraint policy and key staff have been trained in positive behaviour handling.
We are a “Telling school” and encourage all pupils to ensure they inform a trusted adult if they feel unsafe or bullied in any way. All staff are made aware of the importance of listening to children’s concerns.
Equalities and Discrimination
All staff need to have a clear commitment to equalities and adhere to our Equalities Policy. Children are explicitly taught that any form of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, disability is wrong and there is a zero tolerance approach. A log of discriminatory incidents is maintained by the DHT. All children and staff should be treated with care and respect. The school is aware of the “Trojan Horse” issue in Birmingham schools and is vigilant with regard to ensuring children and staff are protected from any form of extremism or indoctrination. The school’s Values Education reinforces our commitment to equalities and includes the values of tolerance, respect and kindness (see appendix).
Teaching and learning around safety
The school teaches pupils to keep themselves safe and take responsibility for their own safety and well being. Our PHSE learning includes sex and relationships education and drugs education in Y5 and 6, learning about healthy diets, exercise in all year groups, learning about road, rail safety, stranger danger and how to deal with bullying. Our Values Education Programme ensures pupils also learn about good character development and respect for diversity and for each other. E-safety forms an essential part of IT lessons and P4C discussions ensure pupils understand about the British values of democracy etc. PE lessons teach pupils about safe use of apparatus, warm up and exercising safely. Food technology lessons also cover elements of food hygiene and safe use of utensils. The school reviews its teaching on keeping safe regularly and aims to incorporate any new essential elements as they become relevant or are highlighted from current affairs.
Staff with key responsibilities:
The Assistant Head Teacher for Inclusion, Karen Robinson, is the school’s first designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer.
The Learning Mentor, Alex Sapirstein, is the second designated Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer.
The School Business Manager, Laggi Efthymiou, is responsible for all aspects of site health and safety, medical and first aid procedures, e-safety and risk assessments. He is also the school’s Educational Visits Coordinator.
Laura Mole, the IT Technician is responsible for advising on and providing updates on E-safety.
The school has a health and safety committee who meet half termly and report back to the Board of Governors.
The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for all aspects of safeguarding within the school.
Appendices: British Values and Extremism, Safeguarding audit