Pastoral and Family Support
Our team here at St Weonards Academy, are always available to speak to you regarding any concerns you may have.
Angela Clarke is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Maggi Newton Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, staff and visitors to the school.
We are very ably supported by the Hereford Marches Federation of Academies pastoral team led by Mrs McColl the Safeguarding Manager who is based at Lord Scudamore Academy. She supports us with regular updates, on-going training and is the contact person that we can get extra support and advise from.
From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.
You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in school. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to Miss Clarke.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Please do not hesitate to contact Angela Clarke should you have a worry or concern regarding a child protection or safeguarding issue.
Designated Safeguarding Lead for St Weonards Primary School/Head of school – Angela Clarke.
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/Headteacher – Maggi Newton
Available Listener –
Safeguarding Manager for H.M.F.A/Assistant Head – Jan McColl
Family Support Worker for H.M.F.A – Cheryl Ryder
Under the terms of the Children’s Act 1989 teachers have a duty of care for each child and therefore will do what is reasonable to safeguard the child’s welfare. This includes, if necessary, involving other agencies. A full copy of the policy is available in the school office.
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. In our school we respect our children and they have a right to be safe. We have an agreed Child Protection Policy and this policy ensures that all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. The Head of school is the designated member of staff for child protection, and the Headteacher is the Deputy Designated member of staff. If any teacher suspects that a child in his/her class may be a victim of abuse, they immediately inform the designated member of staff about their concerns. Any action the designated member of staff takes when dealing with an issue of child protection is in line with the procedures outlined in the LA Child Protection guidelines. If a child alleges abuse, the school usually makes a referral without communicating with parents first. In some circumstances we inform parents first. We regard all information relating to individual child protection issues as confidential, and we treat this accordingly. We require all adults employed in school and all adults working voluntarily in the school to have their application vetted through the Disclosure procedures in order to ensure there is no evidence of offences involving children or abuse. All adults working in the school have undertaken relevant safeguarding training.
During your child’s life at the school we may wish to take photographs of activities that involve your child. The photographs may be used for displays, publications or on a website, by us, by the Local Authority or by local newspapers. Photography or filming will only take place with the permission of the Headteacher and under appropriate supervision.
When filming or photography is carried out by the news media, home addresses will never be given out. Images that might cause embarrassment or distress will not be used, nor will images associated with material on issues that are sensitive. When your child starts school, an opt-out letter is sent home. You have the opportunity to inform the school in writing if you do not wish your child to have photographs taken or to be filmed.
If parents need to contact the school, please call 01981 580352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages will be relayed to children if required. We ask that you contact us in the event of any change to arrangements for collecting your child.
Parents need to make arrangements for pupils who become unwell at school by collecting them and taking them home or to the doctor or hospital. To this end it is vital that we have not only pupils’ home telephone numbers, but parents’ work numbers and other emergency numbers, such as those of relatives. We realise the temptation after your child has been ill to get them back to school as soon as possible, but please make sure your child is completely well and is ready to face the rigours of school life before sending them back. If your child suffers from sickness or diarrhoea parents are required to keep children at home for 48 hours to ensure they are fully recovered.
Asthma inhalers are kept in the relevant classrooms for easy access. We expect the children to take responsibility of their own inhaler when outside the classroom for PE, Forest Schools etc.
Parents will be informed when inhalers require replacing.
We have 4 trained first aiders in school. If a child requires first aid we follow the correct procedures outlined in the courses attended by our first aiders, in more serious cases the parent will be contacted. If a child requires first aid for any reason while at school or while on a school trip we record the incident in our accident book.