At Loatlands Primary School we believe that every child has the right grow, develop and learn in a safe and secure environment. Every member of staff cares for the well-being of all the children in the school. Should a child be upset either from a minor injury or emotionally, then staff will comfort that child. If we feel that there is something troubling a child, we will endeavour to find the cause and to talk to parents in order for the child to return to a happy state of mind as quickly as possible. Very occasionally we may have concerns raised that we feel, talking to parents could put the child more at risk. In these cases, the school may have a legal obligation to refer to Social Services. This procedure enables us to protect children at risk and the necessary steps to be taken to keep them safe.
Through the curriculum activities and Personal, Social and Health Education opportunities, we aim to give children the skills they need to stay safe from abuse. All staff and adult helpers are subject to Disclosure and Barring checks to ensure their suitability to work with children.
The school designated safeguarding lead
Mrs Laura Buckley - Headteacher
Other designated safeguarding officers
Miss Josie Heald - Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Helen Quincey - Interim Assistant Headteacher/SENDCo
Mrs Natasha Cross - Phase 1 Leader
Mrs Nicola Cumberpatch - Nursery Phase Leader
Sarah Adams - Named Governor for safeguarding
If you are worried about a child outside of school time you can call the local Multi Agency Support Hub for advice (anonymously if needs be) on 0300 126 1000 or click these links:
Safety and Security
Safety of our children starts even before the start of school. Waiting areas are provided at both infant/nursery and junior entrances. This means that children can be off the road while waiting for 8.50am when a teacher will invite them onto the playground and into school. Gates to the school will be locked at 9.00am and children will need to enter through the main building.
All external doors in the main building are locked by 9.00am and remain closed during lessons. Playground doors are unlocked during break and lunchtimes and on other occasions when children are outside. Similar arrangements operate in the Nursery. To gain access to the Nursery, you will need to ring the bell while the main school office has a ‘buzzer’.
Visitors are given identity badges which both staff and children are trained to recognise.
If you have any concerns about your child’s welfare, please make an appointment with the class teacher in the first instance. Remember, they will take any issue or concern you have seriously, and are committed to helping your child feel safe at school. Most issues are resolved satisfactorily at this stage.
If you or the teacher feels that the issue cannot be resolved at this level, a meeting can be arranged with any of the designated safeguarding officers at the school to take the issue further.