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Everyone's Responsibility



Safeguarding children is a core priority for all of us and we prioritise best practice in this regard at all times.


The school has six fully trained Level 3 Safeguarding Officers:

  • Mr Owen Wilder, Head Teacher - Senior Designated Officer
  • Mrs Alex Dolphin - SENCO
  • Miss Josie Ronson - Deputy Designated Officer
  • Miss Emily Stamen - Deputy Designated Officer (Nursery)
  • Mrs Briony Rakestrow - Deputy Designated Office (Nursery)
  • Ms Lisa Evans - Deputy Designated Officer (Bee Happy Breakfast and After School Club)
  • Mrs Ruth Maxwell - Designated Safeguarding Governor -

In addition, all our staff have General Level 2 safeguarding training, which is updated every year and we practice safer recruitment so that all our staff, volunteers and governors have an enhanced DBS check prior to working with our children.


The school policies relating to safeguarding can be found on our policies page

If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding/child protection please come in and talk to a member of the above designated team. You can also find more information via the links at the bottom of this page. 

Early Help

When a child/young person/family needs something extra, Early Help is the initial response offered by all services in contact with children, young people and families. This builds an understanding to address extra needs and prevent situations from getting more difficult for children and young people.  The aim of Early Help is to build on people’s capacity and resources to manage their own dilemmas, resolve their own difficulties and prevent further problems in the future. Early Help is not a designated team it is the way that EVERYONE works together to support the needs of families.

Early Help Leaflet


Prevent relates to the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which came into force on 01 July 2015.


Since July 2015 there has been a duty on schools to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This is called the Prevent duty.


Prevent is part of the Government's counter terrorism strategy. Its aim is to stop more people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism in all its forms.


All our staff have been Prevent trained. Our designated Prevent Officer is Head Teacher, Mr  Wilder.

Operation Encompass


We are also pleased to be an ‘Operation Encompass’ school. Operation Encompass is a partnership that schools have with local police teams. It means that schools receive a report by 9am on a school day of any incident where a child at the school has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening. This enables us to provide support dependent on the needs and wishes of the child. It’s just another way that we can help to keep your children safe.


To find out more about Operation Encompass visit the link below:

The E-Safety Curriculum

Following the introduction of the Computing curriculum in September 2014 it is the responsibility of all schools to teach e-safety. This will be through specific lessons and continuous provision, advice and support.


The school is supported on e-safety by a local expert and author Andy Robertson. He comes into the school to offer sessions on e-safety, digital wellbeing and healthy video game habits. Parents can access his free Family Video Game Database ( resource to find out about the games their children are playing.


At Key Stage 1

Children will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.


Introduction for Parents


We believe that what you need to do is to help minimise the risks and dangers.

Keeping your child safe is a daily, sub-conscious activity. Whether you are a digital native or digitally naive the good news is that you have all skills you need to help keep your children safe on the internet – you may just not have the knowledge or experience.......yet. It's not possible for children to have a risk-free life. Nor will it help to ban the access and use of the internet.

Do you allow your child to use the internet?
Do you understand Social Networking?
Do you know what a blog is?..or Wiki.....?                                                                              

Do you know what your child is doing online RIGHT NOW ?


Download the latest Digital Parenting Magazine here: 


Wake Up Wednesday

Every Wednesday, via our facebook page, we share online guides from National Online Safety's Wake Up Wednesday campaign. PDF versions of some of the most recent guides can be found below.

Useful Links

There are some good sources of information and advice for schools and parents:

The Professionals Online Safety Helpline is available Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

Call 0344 381 4772 or email

Parent Info is a free web service providing information to parents and carers.

Advice from NSPCC on social networks, apps and games.

A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. 

A thorough important guide on E-Safety

A three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

A digital parenting guide from Vodafone

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