Tranmere Park Primary 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 ask parents for their views annually on child safety in our settling in surveys and we were very pleased that they clearly think we are doing a good job! The survey results are available on the website news posts from the last 3 years or on request via the school office.
We would like to share with you school policies and practices with regards to ensuring that children are taught in a safe environment and encouraged to live healthy lifestyles and adopt safe practices.
School policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to safe practices throughout school and that they are adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young children and with this in mind adults at Tranmere Park:
• are good role models for children
• work within the agreed policies of the school
• promote a happy, caring and safe school
• create an environment of trust
There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and they include:
• Child Protection – this is sensitive area in which all staff receive regular training. Here, school and other services for children and families all work together to support the needs of children. There is a named governor for child protection. The child protection policy can be viewed by parents on the Policies page. The named members of staff for child protection are Mrs A Hodgson – Co-headteacher and Mr M Learmonth – Deputy Headteacher.
• Attendance – children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by Mr Learmonth as our attendance officer and in more serious cases the Attendance Strategy Team.
• Behaviour – We expect the children to behave well in school and do as they are asked. We rely on a number of simple, practical ‘Team Tranmere’ rules, developed by the School Council, which all pupils are expected to follow:
Take care of our school and each other
Everyone included, everyone kind
Always show learning behaviour
Move around school quietly and sensibly
High standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, as we all know children do fall out from time to time or lose concentration. Where this is the case, it is dealt with sensitively by an adult who gives the children time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved.
Children are often reminded about our school rules and they know that we have them in order for everyone to be happy and keep safe.If a child breaks a rule, we will always try to ensure that they understand what they have done wrong.
The school’s Behaviour Policy is followed consistently by all staff and can be viewed on our policies page.
• Health and Safety – everyone here at Tranmere Park knows they have a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment. The school has a fully trained paediatric first aider in each team who deal with accidents should they occur.
• Curriculum – we ensure, through the planned curriculum, that the issues of healthy eating, physical exercise and safety are taught.
• Online Safety – all children in school receive regular teaching about E-Safety as part of their computing sessions and in any area of the curriculum where they will be using a computer. Parents can find helpful information from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOP) on our Online Safety page.
• Safer Recruitment and Selection – this aspect is taken very seriously. Governors and the school ensure that all new staff and volunteers who work in school on a regular basis undertake a DBS check and full references are acquired before the person takes up post.
• Complaints/Concerns – If you have any concerns about your child or any aspect of school life, please let us know so that we can help resolve any issues. No problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue. Parents can;
- Drop in to see Mr Joynson, Mr Armstrong, Mrs Byrne or Mr Learmonth from 8.45 – 9.30
- Make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher
- Speak to the Mrs Finley or Mrs Hodgson who will always be happy to meet you
The school is committed to working closely with parents/carers for the benefit of the children. If you feel an issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction then you could contact the chair of the governing body, Mrs Clare Wright, who can be contacted via a confidential letter sent in to school.
We all know that children do better and reach their full potential when school and families work closely together. All of our staff at Tranmere Park are totally committed to this.