wyedean School

Aspire together, Achieve together
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Student well-being and safeguarding

Safeguarding Statement for Parents and Carers

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Safeguarding children: What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everybody's business. It involves:

Child protection

Safeguarding children is also about child protection. This means the variety of activities that take place to protect children who may be at risk of significant harm due to emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

If you are worried about a child and think that he or she may be the victim of, or at risk from, neglect, abuse or cruelty - talk to a teacher, health visitor, doctor or youth worker, who will give you advice about what to do next. Alternatively, you may contact the police or your local children's social care office.

Wyedean School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as "Designated Safeguarding Leads" in school in compliance with the "Keeping Children Safe in Education" (latest version, July 2015) guidance.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Martin Jenkins, Assistant Headteacher, who is referred to in our school as the DSL. Our deputy DSL is Sarah Wilson, Assistant Headteacher. The school also has a Safeguarding Governor: Alan Henderson.

Children have a right to have fun and be safe. Our policies and procedures reflect our understanding and the importance of safeguarding children, a few include:

We also ensure that we:

If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other child at Wyedean School please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead who knows who to contact for the best advice and help and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:

Cause for Concern

Staff members are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using a written proforma. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children 'disclosing' concerns.

Attendance

All lateness and absences are recorded. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referrals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point.

Emergency contact details:

First Response: 01291 636180

Local Authority LADO:
Name: Jane Bee
Web: http://www.gscb.org.uk
Email: Jane.Bee@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Phone: 01452 426994

Police: 999 / 101 (non-emergency) Prevent Referral:

Prevent is a government strategy with the aim of reducing the likelihood of young people becoming radicalised and then engaging in any form of violent extremism. You can find out more by following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance.

British Values

This half term we are concentrating on developing our British Values work, adopting a value per week. The whole school have been involved in this through subject areas, pastoral work and assemblies.

Mr. Ford has presented a series of assemblies based on the 'rule of law' and is pictured delivering his assembly with Year 7 students. As part of our work with supporting respect of different groups of people and celebrating diversity we have our LGBT week starting on Monday 7th March. We have been working with a company called EACH who provide support in raising awareness of homophobic and transphobic bullying. This work supports our safeguarding and inclusion work at the school and is supported by Central Government. 

I want every single LGBT young person to know that I am on their side, that this government will do everything it can to make sure that their time in school is a happy one, that allows them to be themselves and achieve all of which they are capable. - Nicky Morgan (Secretary of State for Education 2015)

Click Fundamental British Values Parents' Pamphlet to download.

 

Reporting Absence

IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT DUE TO ILLNESS, MEDICAL APPOINTMENT OR FOR OTHER REASONS PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICER ON (01291) 629050. THANK YOU!

Arrived late to school in the morning or afternoon? Remember to register. If you cannot register then you MUST report to Reception and sign-in.

DO NOT GO TO YOUR LESSON(S) UNTIL YOU HAVE SIGNED-IN.

Please note that owing to changes in government policy we are no longer able to authorise holidays during term-time, apart from in a very narrow range of circumstances. These include family crises, such as bereavement, and a short period of discretionary leave for families of soldiers returning from a period of active duty overseas.

Learning Support

Please click HERE to download the SEND Information Report 2016-2017.

Student Support 

At Wyedean we expect high standards from our students. Our expectations benefits the local community and also benefits the students especially when they move into further education and employment. Please take time to read the below.

Individual.

All people must be treated with respect. All students should wear school uniform except the Sixth Form. There should be no jewellery, except for one ear stud per ear. Valuables should not be brought to school, except with the express permission of a teacher. Any monies brought to school must be kept on the person. Mobile telephones must not be brought to school. Parents must contact the school by telephone if their child is absent. However, on the student returning to school, a note signed by the parents must always explain an absence.

Classroom

Students must arrive on time for lessons, ready to learn. Students must bring all necessary equipment and books with them to the start of lessons. Students are expected to leave all rooms tidy and neat and to leave classrooms in a quiet and orderly manner, following instructions given by the teacher at the end of the lesson.

Students leaving classrooms during lessons. All students leaving the classroom must have permission from the teacher. If students have an appointment during lesson or school time, they must show proof of this to their Tutor/Head of year who will issue them with a note which the student then shows to the appropriate subject teacher. This is then presented to the receptionist prior to their attending the appointment. Students MUST sign in and out of school (at the student reception window) if arriving late or leaving early for ANY reason. Students may go to a peripatetic music lesson or to see the School Counsellor or School Nurse if they have an appointment card. If a student is unwell, they must let their subject teacher know and then follow the teacher's direction.

Safety

Students should never run in the corridors. Movement in the corridors should be quiet and on the left. Students should be conscious of safety on the stairs: keep to the left and don't run or push others. All Sixth Form students and staff will be required to wear name badges. Students wishing to bring any vehicle to school (bicycle, car etc.) must get permission from their Head of Year, and must be conscious of safety at all times.

All unlawful substances are prohibited and must not be brought to school. All aerosols are banned, as are spirit based pens and tippex.

All unlawful items (guns, knives and so on) are banned from school. Body-piercing, except for point 3 in Individual, is banned. Ball games are only allowed on the grass areas behind the sports hall and then only when these areas are designated for such use by the P.E. staff.

Environment

We are an Eco friendly school and consequently encourage all our school community to reduce their carbon footprint, re-use packaging and products where possible, and re-cycle all relevant items. School grounds, buildings and equipment should be treated with respect. Chewing gum is banned from the school premises. Litter must be put in the litter bins provided. The entire school site is a NO SMOKING zone, including the car parks and playing field.

Entering and leaving the premises.

After arriving at school, students must not leave the premises without the permission of a member of staff, normally their Head of Year or other senior staff. Only Heads of Year or members of the Leadership Group may allow students out of school – and then only with a pass or a countersigned letter. Only students who live locally (Sedbury and lower part of Tutshill) may go out at lunchtime; and they must possess a pass issued by the Head of Year on receipt of a letter from parents requiring them to go home for lunch. Students must not arrange to receive visitors during the school day. Only Sixth Form students and staff may enter and leave the school by the main reception doors.

Your co-operation in all these matters is much appreciated.

School Transport

Please click HERE to download the bus timetable pdf.

First Aid

Our First Aid Room is supervised by a qualified First Aider to help with any injuries that occur on site during the school day:

Parents are reminded that students should not be sent to school with injuries or illness. Any sickness and diarrhoea requires a 48 hour period before students should return to school.