“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”
We promote our Vision through the key words:
‘Create – Equip – Partner’
At St. Michael’s we are acutely aware of the importance of ‘Keeping Children Safe In Education. (KCSiE 2020) and take notice of, and adhere to all the national and local policies and guidance in regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People. We also extend this to staff and visitors to our school.
As a school we are deeply committed to safeguarding children and young people and we expect everyone who works in our school to share this commitment.
Adults in our school take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage children and young people to talk to us about anything that worries them.
We will always act in the best interest of the child. Below are the documents the school adheres to:
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020
- Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 2020
- COVID19 Safeguarding Addendum 2: Reopening of Schools: June 2020
- COVID 19 Safeguarding Addendum 1:Appendix to School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy March 2020
- COVID19 Safeguarding Risk Assessment Checklist Review: Autumn Term 2020
St. Michael’s CE School pupils are taught about safeguarding, including online, through various teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. Children are taught to recognise when they are at risk and how to get help when they need it. Please refer to the relevant safeguarding policies.
General Safeguarding Role and Responsibilities
The Governors and staff of St. Michael’s CE School fully recognise their statutory responsibilities and duties placed upon them to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils at the school. We recognise that all staff, including volunteers, have a full and active part to play in protecting pupils from harm.
The Leadership Team and staff promote a culture of safeguarding that is the ‘golden thread’ running through all that we do to provide a safe, caring, positive, and stimulating environment where pupils can learn and which promotes the social, physical and emotional wellbeing of each individual pupil. We have developed a ‘child-friendly’ safeguarding policy for the children to develop an understanding of what it all means to them:
This very important page and additional information links outlines how we put ‘Safety and Security First at St. Michael’s’ and has direct links to the relevant pages on our school website and gives an overview of our school procedures. This page will be updated as/when information changes.
Furthermore, as a school we carry out a series of ‘1st Monday of the Month‘ checks to ensure the school remains compliant and this is counter checked by the Chair of the Board of Governors. Please click on the relevant links for the safeguarding check below.
Due to COVID19 the Local Authority Safeguarding Audit Survey has been postponed. St Michael’s feel that Safeguarding is a priority so have conducted our own Staff Survey based on previous WSB11 questions, see the results below:
Staff receive biannual external safeguarding training / in-house safeguarding training.
2020: Safeguarding and Prevent training was in-house and led by members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) during the start of academic year Inset training. All aspects were covered and included up to date information relating to revised publication of KCSiE 2020. The school is fully compliant.
2019: Safeguarding and Prevent training was led by an external provider (Cognus: Sutton: Jenny Rowley, Safeguarding Manager) on Monday 2nd September 2019. All aspects were covered and included up to date information relating to 2019 revised publication of KCSiE 2019. The school is compliant.
COVID 19 Virtual Online Training (May 2020)
All members os staff undertook online safeguarding refresher training as part of the COVID19 CPD training. The staff reviewed the policy and procedures, refreshed themselves with the school safeguarding website tabs and also completed an online safeguarding course in May 2020. This supported the reinforcement of their role and responsibilities towards safeguarding during COVID19 lockdown.
Leadership Refresher Training
All members of the Senior Leadership Team have attended Safeguarding Refresher training (November 4th 2020). All are fully compliant with the statutory requirements.
Local Authority Safeguarding Audit 2020
An audit was carried out in partnership with the Leadership Team in July 2020. The Leadership Team were asked challenging questions relating to all aspects of safeguarding both in and outside of school. The audit and outcomes can be found in this comprehensive document.
Safeguarding – Pupil Voice
We regularly conduct surveys with our pupils about safeguarding issues. Our most recent survey in December 2019 found that 92% of pupils felt safe and 92.5% felt happy at St. Michael’s. An analysis of the survey results can be found on the link below. More information on the surveys we conduct at school can be found under the ‘Surveys’ tab.
Safeguarding and Security Communication To Parents
- Safeguarding Autumn Letter to Parents: September 2020
- Safeguarding Spring Letter to Parents: January 2020
- Safeguarding Overview at St. Michael’s 2019