The following documents inform all our safeguarding policies:
Cholsey School recognises its responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection. Our Safeguarding policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in school and focuses on 5 main elements;
• Staff recruitment and selection – ensuring that all staff (including volunteers) who have unsupervised access to children, have been appropriately checked for their suitability through the DBS procedure.
• Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe.
• Developing and implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse.
• Supporting children who have been abused in accordance with his/her child protection plan.
• Establishing a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination or bullying where children can learn and develop happily.
We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are ideally placed to observe the outward signs of abuse and staff in school will therefore:
• Report any inappropriate behaviour / activities to designated staff member.
• Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, encouraged to talk and are listened to.
• Ensure that children know that they can approach any of the adults in school if they are worried and they will receive a consistent supportive response.
• Include in the curriculum opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
Staff in Cholsey School will follow the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures in all cases of abuse, or suspected abuse, (these can be found at www.oscb.org.uk).
Information about e-safety can be found here.
How do we make sure our pupils are healthy, safe and well-supported?
Children are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles and maintaining our status as a Healthy School has continued to be a priority. Our Travel Plan resulted in the construction of a new cycle shelter, and we offer Cycling Proficiency training to children in Year 6. Children are encouraged to drink water regularly throughout the school day and to bring healthy snacks and lunch boxes to school. Children, parents and staff are involved in our Food Group.
In addition, explicit teaching is provided through Science, Physical Social Health Education and PE lessons on the importance of making healthy choices. Additional sporting opportunities are offered as after school clubs and through our relationship with Wallingford School, our local secondary school.
The school is proud of its health and safety record which is a result of everyone from pupils to governors working together to ensure that our environment is safe. The Health and Safety Governor, together with the Bursar and Headteacher make regular safety tours of the building and monitor procedures such as safe recruitment and first aid.
Year 6 children have the opportunity to spend a day at IMPS (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) and at Junior Citizen. A report (June 2015) from questionnaires delivered to local schools before and after participation in these programmes makes very interesting reading for parents and teachers.
We have been awarded Healthy Schools Status. A healthy school is one that is successful in helping pupils to do their best and build on their achievements. It promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equipping pupils with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. A healthy school understands the importance of investing in health to assist in the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards. It also recognises the need to provide both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning. We therefore work with the children to help them to make healthy choices throughout their time at the school as well as specifically in PSHCE (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education) and PE lessons.
Cholsey Primary School and Pre-School use the national Family Links scheme to deliver our Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education Programme (PSHCE). This involves lessons taught to all age groups and also the opportunity for parents to attend courses on effective parenting. Family Links is a registered charity promoting emotional literacy, nurturing and relationship skills in families, schools and communities through the Nurturing Programme, a series of 10-week courses for children and young people in schools and parents/carers in parenting groups. They work with, and train staff in, many statutory and voluntary organisations across the UK.
Family Links' aim is to help everyone - children and adults alike - get the best out of family life. We hope that adopting this consistent approach to behaviour as well as education about drugs, sex and relationships etc will lead to safer and better citizens in the future. We are delighted that the Pre-School also use this initiative and feel that working together helps us all.
Our own staff may be seen on the https://familylinks.org.uk/the-nurturing-schools-network#work-with-schools, talking about the impact that the nurturing programme has had on our school over the years.