What we do in school to keep your children safe
‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, every day’
This page is all about safeguarding our children – keeping them safe in every way within our community, and helping them to learn about how they can keep themselves safe. We have a wide range of measures in place to ensure the safety of our pupils.
No child should suffer harm, either at home or at school. Everyone who works in our school has a responsibility to make sure that all our young people are safe.
At Banks Road Infant & Nursery School the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our children is our highest priority. Parents and families send their children to our school each day, trusting us to provide a secure and nurturing environment in which their children will grow and achieve. We do everything we can to ensure that this expectation is a reality in our school.
Our Designated Child Protection officer is Carole Clemens. We have three Deputy Child Protection officers; Maria Holmes, Helen Taylor and Rachael Morris. If you are worried about the safety of any young person in our school, you must report this to any of these staff.
All staff and certain governors have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated at least every three years.
All staff and certain governors have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated at least every three years.
Physical restraint: This school follows advice that physical restraint may be used if there is the possibility that a child may be about to cause harm to him/ herself or to another. On no occasion will any form of physical contact be used as a punishment. The Head teacher and Deputy Head teacher, Nursery Teacher and all Teaching Assistants have been trained in safe handling techniques.
All allegations of abuse by or complaints of a teacher will be dealt with following clear procedures, initially by the Head teacher. For any complaints about the Head teacher, the Chair of Governors should be contacted directly.
We also follow the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Board guidance and we have systems in place to share concerns regarding children’s welfare with the designated person, with parents and with relevant external agencies. Part of our legal duty to safeguard our children may also include us needing to consult specifically with and take advice from, the Police or Children’s Social Care, should the need arise. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working within the school, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the Head teacher or Governing body accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally but staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the highest appropriate level of confidentiality.
Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism
In line with the DfE’s Prevent Duty advice (June 2015), we are committed to actively promoting the fundamental British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs. Our school community embraces and celebrates diversity. We place a strong emphasis on the common values that all communities share such as self-respect, tolerance and the sanctity of life.
We work hard to broaden our children’s experience, to prepare them for life and work in contemporary Britain. We teach them to respect and value the diversity around them as well as understanding how to make safe, well-considered decisions.
We recognise that we have a responsibility to protect children from all forms of extremism and this forms an integral part of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. This includes the use of internet filtering systems in school, to ensure children are safe from extremist material when using the internet. If you have any concerns regarding radicalisation and extremism please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads (Mrs Beardsley, Miss McMahon and Miss Tivey) at the school.
Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF)
If the school or parents identify a child may need some additional support academically or emotionally an Early Help Assessment Form (EHAF) maybe opened. An EHAF is a document, written in consultation with the child’s family and key members of staff and documents a child’s strengths and areas of need. Within the EHAF, key actions regarding the child’s provision and care are recorded and the support and advice of other services maybe requested to ensure that the family and school are in the best possible position to safeguard the child’s well-being. As part of the Early Help process, key members of staff will meet regularly with parents/carers to monitor the impact of the planned support package along with the child’s progress towards set targets. At these meetings, support arrangements will be reviewed and revised accordingly.
Recording and Reporting Racist Incidents
Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and Home Office Code of Practice on reporting and recording racist incidents (2000) schools are required to record and investigate all racist incidents and to report them to the Local Authority on a regular basis. Definition of a racist incident: as recommended in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 1999: ‘A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.’
Appointment and induction of staff and work placements
All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check before they begin work at the school. This search highlights people who have a criminal record or if previous allegations have been made against them. If any member of staff is found to have a criminal record, the appointment is reconsidered by the Head teacher and the Personnel committee of the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The Head teacher and Chair of the Governing Board have undertaken the NSPCC training on Safer Recruitment. This ensures all members of staff involved in the recruitment process at the school have a clear understanding of the safe recruitment practice.
Newly appointed staff are briefed on the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures on or prior to their first day of work. New members of staff are assigned a mentor for their induction period. It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher to familiarise new staff with procedures, policies and Banks Road’s additional safeguarding policies and practices, which affect the health and safety of all at school, especially the children.
Induction of volunteers/Supply staff
All Supply teachers and regular volunteers must also have DBS clearance before working in the school. Supply teachers and volunteers are also briefed on the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures before beginning work in the school. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.
Any volunteers/supply staff to the school must sign in and out as a visitor and wear their identification at all times. Our staff are trained to challenge anyone not following this practice.
At Banks Road Infant & Nursery School we work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all are considered equal in the learning partnership.
When children have special needs we make arrangements to inform parents and design specific programmes. We ensure that the outcomes for all groups of children allow them to reach their full potential.
Children with physical needs and disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and activity, and every measure is taken to ensure this.
Health and Safety
The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored each year by the relevant members of the school governing body.
The Local Authority carry out inspections and we use a monitoring checklist to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilities. The Head teacher, School Business Manager, Caretaker and Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list.
Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above key personnel and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.
There is also an Emergency Plan that details what staff and parents should do in the case of emergencies.
The school was built with security of pupils and staff in mind including:
Perimeter fencing and gates
A sophisticated intruder alarm
A modern effective fire alarm system
Locked internal gates, ensuring children are secure within our grounds.
Door entry system and signing in procedure for all visitors and staff
All staff wear ID lanyards
Although we want to have an open door policy we must balance this against the safety of pupils and staff and we request that parents / carers respect this.
Banks Road Infant & Nursery School is a secure site with door access control. We have clear routines and procedures in place and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security. Our children and parents are crucial to this process and we encourage you to report any concerns to the school office. We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times.
Our fire bells are tested weekly and a fire drill is held each term to ensure the swift evacuation of the building, as well as practising swift evacuation procedures. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment.
No Smoking Area
Our school building and grounds are designated No Smoking areas so we ask for your co-operation in extinguishing cigarettes before entering the site.
We ask parents / carers to support us and ease traffic congestion by walking your child to school, or by encouraging them to scoot or cycle; this provides an ideal opportunity to teach your child about road safety and traffic awareness. Zig-Zag lines are in force around the school so, if you do travel by car, please park well away from the school entrance for the sake of the safety of our pupils.
Safety in the playground
Before and after school
Parents/carers are responsible for children in playground before the bell rings.
Please do not allow your children to ride bikes or scooters once in the playground at the beginning or end of the school day.
Please do not bring dogs onto the school premises.
During school hours
We have very clear rules about behaviour and use of play equipment in the playground. Supervising adults are outside with the children every playtime and lunch time to help ensure that playtimes are a happy time for all children..
Visiting the school
We confirm that all visitors with a professional role – eg supply teachers, professionals from the health service or members of the police – have relevant clearance. Students who work within our school community also have their DBS clearance confirmed. Anyone who spends time in school without this confirmation will be accompanied at all times.
Any visitor to the school must sign in and out as a visitor and wear their badge at all times. Our staff are trained to challenge anyone not following this practice.
Collecting your child during the school day
Please try and make appointments out of school hours if possible. If you have to collect your child during the school day for a medical or dental appointment, please let the class teacher or office staff know.
If your child is ill
Please keep them at home and notify us in the morning on the first day of any absence so that we know they are safely at home with you. We have a policy of contacting parents / carers if we haven’t received a message by 9.30am.
We have key trained certificated members of staff, designated to oversee first aid and there are a number of first aid kits situated around school.
If your child becomes ill during the day they will be monitored and we will telephone you if we feel it is necessary to do so. Any cuts and grazes resulting from normal play in the playground will be dealt with by our first aid trained staff. Any bumps on the head will be reported to the child’s teacher and parents / carers will also be notified.
Medication can only be administered by school staff if it is prescribed four times a day. We ask parents to complete and sign an administration of medication form held at the School Office before we are able to do this. Medicine and tablets must never be given to a child to be brought into school. Please advise the school if there are any changes to your child’s health which the school should know about.
Risk Assessments and School Trips
All school trips involve the undertaking of a risk assessment
It is the responsibility of the whole school to ensure that school is a bully free zone. We are proactive in promoting a caring and positive ethos between all members of the school community. We have an anti-bullying policy with very clear procedures in place in the event of an incident involving bullying. We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme of work and every half term there is a new topic that the whole school focus on through circle time, discussion groups and school assemblies.
We do not tolerate bullying in our school community, and as soon as we are aware of an issue we act promptly and effectively. Adults must be informed immediately and action will be taken.
If any child tells us that they feel they are being bullied, they know that we will support them and deal with the problem very quickly. Although accusations of bullying in this school are rare, the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Bullies will not be tolerated.
E-Safety is taught alongside computer skills throughout a child's time at Banks Road. We take cyber safety very seriously at Banks Road. We have filtering systems in place to prevent children at school accessing websites considered to be unsafe or inappropriate, and encourage parents and carers to be aware of the online material and websites that their children are accessing at home. At Key Stage 1 children learn the importance of keeping their personal details private and safe and how to behave politely and responsibly online. Children also learn to tell a trusted adult if they don't like what they see online.
Pupils are never left unattended whilst online and teachers ensure that this does not happen. If any adult or child suspects misuse, either by a child or teacher, the issue must be reported to the Head teacher without delay.
Excellent attendance is expected of all children. However, in the event that a child is unwell, parents are asked to report absence by 9.00 am on the day using our school office number 0115 917 9881. As part of our safeguarding procedures, if we have not been informed of the reason for your child’s absence we will contact you to ascertain why they are not in school.
On the rare occasions where a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern, the school may work closely with families and our Educational Welfare Officer to bring about improvements. Attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, annually to the government, and to all parents on a fortnightly basis through our newsletter and website. Positive systems are in place to encourage children to attend regularly and punctually.
In exceptional circumstances, leave of absence may be requested in writing by submitting a request form at the school office, explaining in detail what the exceptional circumstances are.
Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations for this. Our Behaviour Policy shows our strong emphasis on positive approaches, but also our clear boundaries in responding to behaviour choices that threaten the learning, wellbeing or safety of others.
The Design of the Curriculum
The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two key ways.
Firstly, the curriculum, through cross-curricular topics and planning around Personal, Social and Health Education, discusses relevant issues with the children. Specific topics include such themes as Healthy Diet, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues together and with their teachers/teaching assistants. We also discuss a wide range of issues around safety and wellbeing on a very regular basis in assemblies.
Secondly, the curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as using equipment properly in PE and Design and Technology. At all times there has to be appropriate staffing levels and when the curriculum is taken out of school, appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained.
For the sake of safety we request that jewellery should not be worn to school, with the exception of small stud earrings and watches. The Local Authority regulations state that all jewellery must be removed for P.E.
Banks Road Infant & Nursery School will gain consent for the use of any children's image for display and use on the website as set out in our GDPR policies. Parents can change their preferences at any time by requesting a consent form from the office.
For more information, please read our Child Protection Policy.