2.1 The school adopts an open and accepting attitude towards children as part of its
responsibility for pastoral care. Staff encourage children and parents to feel free to talk about any concerns and to see school as a safe place when there are difficulties.Children’s worries and fears will be taken seriously and children are encouraged to seek help from members of staff.
2.2 Our school will therefore:
Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
Ensure that children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty;
Include in the curriculum activities and opportunities for PSHE/Citizenship which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from abuse (including online and other contexts children are in), and to know to whom they can turn for help;
Ensure every effort is made to establish effective working relationships with parents and colleagues from other agencies;
Operate safer recruitment procedures and make sure that all appropriate checks are carried out and recorded on the single central record for new staff and volunteers who will work with children, including identity, right to work, enhanced DBS criminal record and barred list (and overseas where needed), references, and prohibition from teaching or managing in schools (s.128) etc.
If you are a parent or student you can report a bullying incident or request support by completing the form below. You can choose to remain anonymous or provide your name. It will be treated in complete confidence by our designated senior leaders.
The Internet is an increasingly important element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with high-quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary learning tool for staff and students. The school Internet access will be designed expressly for student use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of students.
Clear boundaries will be set for the appropriate use of the Internet and digital communications and discussed with staff and students.
Students will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. This will be achieved via a series of e-safety lessons within the Year 7 Computing curriculum and also through regular assemblies using the latest CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) materials, delivered by a CEOP trained member of Senior staff.
In 2013 we launched our eSafety campaign to ensure each and every student knows how to be a good, safe digital citizen. Each year this involves all students to participate in activities provided by outside agencies over a whole day, there is also a trip to the Sky News studios in London!
We want all our students to embrace mobile devices and have fun discovering everything the internet has to offer – safely. Teenagers have a way of being one-step-ahead with technology so it is our job to make them stop and think about what they are doing.
Many students have 24 hour access to the internet. We don’t believe in completely filtering the internet. We want to educate students on what is acceptable and how not to be vulnerable online.
Below are links to just a few of the many websites and information that support parents in educating their children to make the right choices.
Kayleigh Haywood screening review:
Students were shown a short re-enactment video of the events which lead a 15-year-old local girl to her tragic death following a 13-day period of grooming by a 28-year-old male. The film was made to raise awareness amongst children of the dangers of online grooming and child sexual exploitation.
Students were given a designated session following the viewing to ask questions and discuss any concerns they had.
Student comments ….
‘It made the dangers real because it really happened’.
‘Because it was shown from the teenage girl’s point of view it made it real’
‘It was good because it informed young people of the dangers of the internet’