Safeguarding

Our pupils are continually taught and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices. Our safeguarding policies and practices help to ensure that they are safe, happy and healthy.
 
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are followed by staff, governors and volunteers.
 
Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Pool Primary School:
·         are good role models for children
·         enjoy their work and working with children
·         are conscientious and hard-working
·         welcome support and visitors to school
·         recognise and value strengths in each other and use these to support everyone
·         work within the agreed policies of the school
·         promote a happy, caring and safe school
·         encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers
·         create an environment of trust whereby children are trusted to work seriously
·         challenge and support children in their learning
 
There are many policies in place to safeguard our children, including:
 
Child Protection
This is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Pool Primary School and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There are two designated officers for child protection in school and there is also a named governor for child protection. The Leeds model policy has been adopted and is reviewed annually in line with any changes that may have been made to the model policy by the safeguarding team. This is to ensure the integration of current issues and good practice.
 
Attendance
Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by the Learning Mentor or Headteacher and in more serious cases the Attendance Strategy Team.
 
Behaviour
High standards of behaviour are expected in our school. Our Behaviour Policy sets out how we promote good behaviour and deal with any problems. Our children are often reminded about our expectations of good learning behaviour which we work hard to embed in order for everyone to achieve their potential and be happy and safe at school.
 
Health and Safety
Everyone at Pool Primary School knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. All staff at school adopt working practices in line with both the Leeds LA guidance 'Safer working practice for people who work with all children and adults at risk' (2014) and in line with the Department for Education (DfE) guidance 'Keeping children safe in education' (2014). There is a Health, Safety and Premises committee of the governing body which monitors all aspects of health and safety at school. We have several first-aiders amongst our staff – they deal with illnesses and accidents should they occur.
 
Curriculum
Through the planned curriculum, we ensure that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught. This aspect is enhanced by themed weeks and many visitors to school eg police officers who talk to the children about issues such as road safety, safe people and drugs awareness.
 
E-Safety
The aim of this guidance is to inform all staff of best practice around e-safety and draw attention to existing local and national guidance on this subject so that we can maintain the safest possible learning and working environments for children and staff alike. The document has been created in line with national and local guidance. See 'Community' - 'Useful Links' for sites which help parents with e-safety at home.
 
Safer Recruitment and Selection
This aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all staff new to the school and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
 
Complaints
Our school is committed to working closely with parents / carers for the benefit of the children – no problem is too small. We have an ‘Open Door’ ethos and always encourage parents to speak with their child’s class teacher in the first instance. We have a clear ‘Complaints Policy and Procedure’ which sets out the steps we follow should parents have a complaint.
Pool-in-Wharfedale CE Primary School Arthington Lane, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Otley, LS21 1LG