At New Whittington Primary School we believe the Safety and Welfare of pupils is vitally important. We aim to safeguard pupils the 'best we can'. Pupils can speak to staff if they are concerned or worried and we will do our best to help them.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school.
If you have a particular safeguarding concern please contact Mrs Foulkes , Miss Tooley or Mr Addison who have attended different training courses and will be able to offer advice and support.
We have uploaded some useful information about safeguarding at the bottom of this page.
Our School Safeguarding Team
Our Commitment to safeguarding our children
Breakfast club is an excellent way for your child to start the day. Mrs Bell and her team will ensure your child has a fun start to the day, a healthy breakfast and gets to their class on time for their morning activity.
Each morning there are staff on both sites who are on duty on the gates and in the playground. This is our first opportunity to see if children are happy and eager to come to school. Any anxieties can often be sorted early in the school day. Parents worried or needing advice can make an appointment to see Mrs Foulkes.
From Nursery through to Year 6 we teach Emotional Literacy. Lessons on feelings, respect, bullying, risk taking, friendship and lots more are taught at an age appropriate level.
Safeguarding Children Statement
At New Whittington Community Primary School, safety and wellbeing of all our children is our highest priority.
We put a wide range of measures in place to ensure we provide the best care for our learners.
The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored each term by the relevant members of the school governing body and Mr Addison. Any concerns from staff are reported to the Head teacher or Business Manager. An assessment is then made as to what needs to happen and in what time frame.
Fire drills take place at least three times a year to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. There is also a critical incident plan which outlines roles and responsibilities in the case of emergencies.
In addition to the Health and Safety Policy there are also relating policies regarding Food Safety, Allergies, Administring medicines which determine safe and best practice.
Where there is cause for concern, staff seek advice from Mr Addison our Head Teacher and Health and Safety Officer. Where necessary, parents are contacted.
In case of emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment before contacting the parent.
We have a secure site with fencing around the perimeter. Access to the main Reception, and School Nursery are by door access control and staff can view visitors on monitors. Please help maintain high standards of security by closing doors behind you and by reporting any concerns you have to the school office.
Excellent attendance is a priority. Please send your child every possible day, if your child becomes ill during the day we will call you. In the event that your child is unwell please report their absence by 9am on the first day by calling 01246 450688. Not reporting absence will result in Mrs Foulkes, Mrs Bridges or Mrs Monaghan contacting you later in the day for an explanation, this is to make sure your child is safe. Please inform school of medical appointments in advance and provide evidence to the office. Sickness or diarrhoea in a child requires 48 hours of absence from school, from their last bout, this is to avoid passing the bug on to others.
On the rare occasions where a child's attendance and punctuality causes concern, we will invite parents into school for a supportive discussion. Attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, annually to the government and to all parents. The school is aware of its right to notify the authority when good attendance and punctuality is not ensured, the authority may then seek to issue a fixed penalty. In exceptional circumstances, leave of absence may be requested in writing by submitting a letter to the head in advance, and explains in detail what the exceptional circumstances are.
Attendance is announced weekly in assemblies. Each week the class with the highest attendance is awarded £5.00. At the end of the year each class can choose how they want to spend their money. 100% attendance certificates and prizes are also given annually.
Appointment and induction of staff and work placements
All staff appointed to work in school have a criminal records search called a DBS check. 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 Headteacher and the Personnel committee of the Governing Body. The LA is informed directly by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Governor responsible for Safeguarding has undertaken the NCSL training on Safer Recruitment and sits on all appointment panels where the candidates are external applicants. Newly appointed staff are assigned a mentor for their induction period. It is the responsibility of the mentors to familiarise new staff with procedures, policies and New Whittington safeguarding practices, which affect the health and safety of all at school, especially the children.
Induction of volunteers
All volunteers must also have DBS clearance. For any extended contact with children, when children may be left alone with an adult, or when an adult visitor may be in and around the school building, a full DBS search will be conducted. Visitors who do not yet have clearance will under no circumstance be left alone with a child or group of children.
We confirm that all visitors with a professional role – e.g. supply teachers, the School Nurse 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.
The designated adults for Child Protection/Safeguarding are Mrs Foulkes and Miss Tooley. The designated safeguarding governor is Mrs Bell. There is a detailed Child Protection Policy, which is available on our website. It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure the policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. Certain governors and all staff have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated either by Mrs Foulkes or by Derbyshire on an alternate annual programme. 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. All allegations of abuse by or complaints of a teacher will be dealt with following clear procedures, initially by the Head of School. For any complaints about the Head of School the Chair of Governors should be contacted directly.
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 Medicines, Sex and Relationships and Stranger Danger. Children are encouraged to explore and discuss these issues together and with their teachers/learning support 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. The lead adult always assesses visits as to the level of risk and all trips are authorised by the Headteacher. Risk assessments are conducted for all activities beyond the school grounds, and these are signed off by the Educational Visits Coordinator and Head of School.
Children should be encouraged to use the internet, but at all times in a safe way. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If any adult or child suspects misuse, either by a teacher or child, the issue must be reported to the Head without delay. Our Network Administrator has overall responsibility for internet safety and is also the internet and email manager for school.
Disability Equality Scheme and Equal Opportunities
At New Whittington Community Primary 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. For additional information on SEND please go to our Curriculum and Year group tab.
Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations for this. Our 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.
Our definition of bullying is: "When we talk about bullying, we mean one or more people repeatedly behaving in an intimidating or aggressive way, with the intention of causing emotional or physical harm to another person." The school’s response to this is unequivocal. 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. Our children know that we pride ourselves on being a 'telling school'. 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 bullying in this school is rare the school always acts swiftly with a process of investigation, communication and action. Bullies will not be tolerated.
Photographing and Filming
There has been a lot of controversy recently about adults photographing and filming young people. The concerns are genuine, and at New Whittington we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows parents to photograph and video, providing they follow certain guidelines:
Parents taking photographs are advised in advance of all school events that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used in any social media.
The school uses images of children, both on our website and in press releases. However parents are given the option at intake to refuse use of their child's image. Parents can change their preferences at any time by requesting a consent form from the office.
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 Headteacher 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.
If you have a question about safeguarding and cannot find the answer on our website please make an appointment with our Pupil Welfare Manager, Mrs Foulkes, and she will endeavour to help you.
Young Carer Information
At New Whittington Primary we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.
We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At our school we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.
As New Whittington’s Young Carers’ Lead I have responsibility for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress. If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted, please let me know by filling in the form below and bringing it into school in a sealed envelope addressed to me. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, or have any further questions, please contact me on
01246 450688 or email me on
Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.
The school receives extra funding for each child/young person eligible for free schools meals, which can be put towards extra support and provision for young carers. It is therefore important that children are registered for free school meals, even if they do not want, or need the school meal. For more information on how this money is spent please visit the schools website .
Children may engage in:
Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
Looking after younger siblings
Helping someone communicate