At our school we provide appropriate and safe supervision of the pupils in our care at all designated tines.
Children should arrive in the school playground 10 minutes before school starts i.e. 8.40 am. School supervision starts at this time - any pupils arriving before this time are still under parental responsibility.
Our supervision continues at the end of the school day until 3.30pm. If there is an emergency situation parents should contact the school office and we will arrange supervision of uncollected children until 4.15pm (see Non collection of children policy). If a child has not been collected and no message received by school by 5.00pm Social Care will be contacted. Throughout this time school will attempt to contact parents/guardians listed on our emergency contact form.
Supervision throughout the school day is provided by appropriately trained staff.
Supervision at break times is covered on a rota basis providing appropriate ratios.
Supervision at lunchtimes is provided by Lunchtime Supervisory Assistants with members of teaching staff on duty call at all times. Supervision on school visits and extra-curricular activities is provided and meets statutory guidance for these activities.
Pupils will not be left unsupervised in any situation whilst under the school’s duty of care.
The school crossing patrol is supervised by Lancashire County Council - Telephone 01772 646810.
All adults in school who have ‘unsupervised, substantial’ access to pupils have an Enhanced DBS clearance (see Safeguarding Policy).
Regular Fire Safety checks and Critical Incident drills take place across school (See Health and Safety Policy).
Our overall aim is to provide a safe learning environment for all of our pupils.
We obtain written agreement with parents regarding the people who collect their children.
A written agreement letter will be sent out to parents for pupils wishing to participate in after-school activities.
For activities taking place outside these hours, parents will receive a permission letter detailing start and finish times.
Activities taking place during the school day, for example - swimming, PE., R.E., Assembly and Sex Education do not require the school to gain parental permission as these are part of the school day. However, parents can apply in writing to ‘The Headteacher’ to gain permission for children to be excluded from these activities. This may be for medical or religious reasons.
Parents can appeal against the Headteacher’s decision in writing to ‘The Chair of Governors’ c/o the school.
Pupils excused from lessons, for example, PE, swimming or assembly/RE will be supervised either in another classroom, in the library area or the entrance area. Supervision of pupils involved in physical education/sports/drama/musical activities at other schools comes under the same duty of care that would normally take place within school hours.
Pupils on school organised visits will receive the same duty of care as the school are ‘in loco parentis’. This covers the duration of the whole visit and the collection of pupils at the end of the visit.
If a child is ill and will not be attending school, parents must telephone school before 8.55 am to inform us about this. If we have not received notification by 9.05 am and a child has not arrived in school we will telephone home to ascertain the child’s whereabouts.
This action is to be taken due to recent national events and is seen as good practice for child safety.
Parents need to let us know how many days their child will be absent for, or telephone each morning to enable us to be sure about the child’s safe return to school.
Parents wishing to take their children out of school must collect an Application for leave of absence form from the school office. The Headteacher can only authorise leave in exceptional circumstances.
Within school we always have staff supervision at playtimes and dinner-times; have designated First Aiders available at these times; Keep our First Aiders’ qualifications up to date; adhere to DFE guidance on adult/pupil ratios and school activity holiday/ school trip health and safety procedures.
We have in place clear guidelines for dealing with incidents of missing pupils.
These guidelines are relevant to contextual circumstances:
1 Pupils missing during the school day
a) Class teacher and support staff to systematically search the buildings and grounds
b) Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher/ Parents and, if applicable, police informed
2 Pupils missing after school day on journey to/from home
a) First day response procedure
b) Parents/Police/Children’s Social Care informed as appropriate
3 Pupil missing on school trip
a) One member of staff to undertake systematic search of area visited
b) Remainder of party to be supervised by another member of staff
c) Headteacher/Deputy/Parents/Local police informed
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