Our Vision: Building Strong Community Values
ASPIRE – THRIVE – ENJOY – ACHIEVEAt Great Linford Primary School we believe that education should be an enjoyable, shared learning experience that is accessible to all. It must equip children for the challenges of tomorrow by developing self motivation, effective communication and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Children need to develop confidence and resilience in their approach to learning by being prepared to take risks, learn from their mistakes and face challenging situations with a positive attitude.
At Great Linford Primary School we aim to:
- Raise aspirations by setting high expectations, encouraging children to set and strive for challenging goals and enabling them to achieve their ambitions.
- Value diversity and support each child so that they thrive in a safe, stimulating and happy environment.
- Promote social responsibility, a sense of community and build a school ethos based on empathy and mutual respect.
- Inspire a lifelong passion for learning by championing the development of new skills and the enjoyment of discovering new things.
- Give children self confidence by developing independent thinking, and effective social and communication skills
Great Linford Primary School Safeguarding Children Statement 2015
At Great Linford Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
We will ensure that:
- The welfare of the child remains paramount.
- All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and
- All staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to Miss Lovelock (Designated Senior Person for Child Protection)
Areas of Safeguarding
Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:
- Staff & Visitors Ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained.
- Children’s Behaviour Promoting safer & happier behaviours & lifestyles.
- Parents & Carers Promoting links & supporting families.
- Premises Keeping them safe, pleasant & fit for purpose.
- Curriculum Providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.
Members of Staff Responsible
We are all responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe, however theDesignated Senior Person for Child Protection is the Head Teacher, Miss Lovelock.
We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted, keeping our children as safe as possible. Ongoing checks and ‘whistle-blowing’ are in line with current policy.
Staff are trained in child protection issues and they are aware of the procedures to follow. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All Staff & are given an induction and are directed to the documents:
‘GUIDANCE FOR SAFER WORKING PRACTICE FOR ADULTS WHO WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 2009’ and ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION 2015’.
Child Protection Policy
All staff have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding children issues and are able to implement the safeguarding children policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:
- significant changes in children’s behaviour;
- deterioration in their general well-being;
- unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
- signs of neglect;
- comments children make which give cause for concern.
All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.
We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:
- emergency contact numbers;
- the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
- the child’s special health requirements;
- information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.
Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.
PARENTS & CARERS MUST TELL US OF ANY CHANGES TO THESE DETAILS.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a ‘need-to-know’ basis.
Links with External Agencies
We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.
Reporting Concerns or Complaints
Further to the above procedures, we have in place a complaints policy
Concerns should be raised in the following order.
- To the Class Teacher/Key Stage Leader. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Head Teacher. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Chairman of Governors. Then, if there is no resolution;
- To the Local Authority.
Contact details are available from the school office
Review of Policy and Practice
In order to ensure that best practice is maintained, our policies are reviewed at least yearly, and when new
statutory guidance emerges.
If you would like more information on safeguarding, all our policies are available in school.