Our school is committed to safeguarding. Safeguarding means keeping your child happy, healthy and safe in school. All staff are trained at regular intervals and are aware of how to keep our pupils safe and what signs to look out for. Our pupils are encouraged to share any concerns and we have robust policies and processes in place that underpin safeguarding.
Safeguarding the interests of each child is everyone’s responsibility and within the context of this school, promoting the welfare and life opportunities for your child includes:
Health and Safety
Access to the Curriculum
Safeguarding covers so much more. In Bothal we try to take a holistic approach to safeguarding, not just preventing or dealing with harm but looking at the health and wellbeing, safety and security in every aspect of school life and beyond.
In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill- treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, the Designated Safeguarding Lead may report this concern to Children’s Services and/or other appropriate agencies.
Please remember that when the school refers a concern about a child to Children’s Services, it is not accusing the parents of abuse but requesting that further investigation takes place to establish whether a child is at risk.
Mrs Leanne Johnson is our Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Michelle McFall is our Designated Lead for Looked After Children
Please support us by ensuring that your child attends school regularly – this is a parents’ legal responsibility. Failing to attend school on a regular basis will be considered as a safeguarding matter.
Please see the attendance section of the website for further information
Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence disrupts teaching routines so may also affect the learning of others in the same class.
Mrs Arkle is our Attendance Officer – please contact her on 01670 813260 if you would like to discuss any aspect of attendance or any concerns you may have.
We offer a secure and encouraging environment where children feel safe and their spiritual, moral and cultural development is enhanced through the delivery of our whole school curriculum, including our PSHE/RE curriculum, core values, work with external agencies, charities and the local community.
We have an e-safety team in place at Bothal who actively promote monitor e-safety. We also carry out an e-safety audit every year and this supports our comprehensive in-school policy. All pupils, staff and visitors to school must read and sign our Acceptable Use Policy before any access to our systems is allowed. All usage is monitored by specialist software called Senso Cloud and this is backed up by our own robust firewall and web filtering. Pupils are taught how to stay safe online and this is regularly reinforced in IT lessons and what to do or who they can talk to if they are worried.
Bothal Primary School takes part in Operation Encompass – This means that information from the police/social care regarding domestic incidents is shared with school. Therefore we can ensure that children are readily supported in school. The school lead for Operation Encompass is Mrs Leanne Johnson
We work with external partners such as the Stonewall Foundation and Mermaids to support the school’s work on different areas of discrimination, including homophobic bullying.
We carefully check that all staff and volunteers are safe to work with our children. A number of checks are made including DBS checks, references, ID and employment history. We keep a single central record of all this information and this is regularly monitored.
Visitors and volunteers are rigorously checked in much the same way staff are before they can have any unsupervised access to our children. Any contractors on site have to read a safety briefing before being signed into the building. All adults in school wear an ID badge with a coloured lanyard for quick identification.
We work hard to ensure that our facilities are as safe as possible. The grounds are checked by the caretakers every day and the building is maintained to the highest standards. External experts come regularly to check things like the firefighting equipment, water works and the lift are in perfect working order.
The premises are accessible to pupils, parents and staff with disabilities
We carry out half termly fire alarm and evacuation tests and all of this is recorded in our Fire Log. A governor and members of the Leadership Team complete an annual Fire Audit and review the risk assessments and policy at the same time.
Our catering facilities meet the highest standards of hygiene and they are checked regularly by officers from NCC. We also meet the nutritional standards in place nationally and we are careful about the food of all pupils with allergies.
We have worked closely with the Local Council on road safety initiatives and have barriers, road markings and crossings to help pupils stay safe before and after school too.
The Health & Safety team includes a member of the Governing Body and meet regularly to discuss all matters of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Security, the school complies with all national and local Health & Safety Regulations.
We recognise that parents may wish to record events such as school plays, sports days etc. to celebrate their child’s achievements. Unfortunately, we do ask that parents do not take photographs/videos at school events as these images often include more than your own child. We do however, endeavour where possible to provide opportunities for parents to take photographs of their own child after an event.
Please do not be too disappointed that our website does not contain lots of photographs of our children and staff – this is to protect their images from improper use.