Keeping a Child Safe
How will the school keep my child safe?
This is outlined in greater detail in our Behaviour Policy. We believe primarily in self discipline and our approach to children is concerned to foster a sense of personal and collective responsibility.
Our school rules are based around Respect… they are
Respect each other and the adults
Respect your work
Respect the environment
Make our school a happy place.
We encourage a positive approach to everyday problems. Children’s efforts are praised and their individual needs for security and stability are respected and catered for. We have high expectations of them and we hope to develop high expectations within them.
Bullying occasionally happens in all schools, at Westmorland we always deal with it – as soon as we know about it! Children are sometimes afraid to speak out, in school or even at home.
If your child tells you s/he is being bullied, or you suspect it, please tell us.
We will deal with it.
All adults, including staff have a responsibility to work together to protect children from abuse. Parents need to be aware, therefore, that where it appears to a member of the school staff that a child has been abused, the school is required to report it immediately.
Consequently, in such situations it is likely that someone from social care will contact the parent.
This requirement forms part of legal procedures for dealing with child abuse, and is not a matter of discretion for the Headteacher or members of the school staff. All staff working in school have completed a satisfactory police clearance. A copy of the child protection policy is available in school.
Where we have concerns about your child we will, of course, wherever possible, aim to talk to you to resolve issues prior to child protection procedures.