Safeguarding our children is the highest priority for the Claycots School community. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all staff members make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child. All staff members have annual Level 1 safeguarding training (and have been fully briefed in the 2019 Keeping Children Safe in Education documentation).
All staff were trained in PREVENT in September 2018. In addition to this, all staff members who are involved in recruitment have had Safer Recruitment training.
The school has a large team dedicated to supporting children and keeping them safe – please see below for more information on this work. The school has a detailed policy on the website which explains what we do to keep children safe, in line with the DfE guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019”.
If you are worried about the safety of your child in school, please speak to your child’s teacher or Year Leader straight away. If you are worried about another child in school, please ask to speak to a Senior Leader. If you need to report a concern to Slough Children’s Services, you can do this by calling 01753 875362
Our Safeguarding Team comprises of:
Designated Safeguarding Lead/Leads
Mr Andrew Griffin (Executive Headteacher)
Mr Brent Ellis (Deputy Headteacher- Town Hall Campus)
Mr Mark Mackie (Deputy Headteacher – Britwell Campus)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
Town Hall Campus
Mr Luke Graham (Headteacher – Town Hall Campus)
Mr Manpreet Panesar (Town Hall Campus)
Mrs Heather Varley (Town Hall Campus)
Mrs Sarah Mijatovich (Headteacher – Britwell)
Mrs Emma Galloway (Britwell)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and Designated Teachers for LAC
Miss Rebecca Austin (SENCO – Britwell)
Miss Sarah Squires (SENCO – Town Hall)
Governor responsible for Safeguarding
Mrs Rupinder Sondh
Ensuring the safety and well-being of the children at Claycots School is vital to our core services and the highest of priorities; therefore, we have policies and procedures that surround the issue of safeguarding our young children and an outstanding team of professionals to help deal with any concerns
We aim to ensure that the safety and well-being of both students and staff are at the utmost of importance and we will take the appropriate steps in order to ensure that they are not at risk, either from themselves or from others.
If you have any concerns about safety and wellbeing of someone you know, please talk to a member of the safeguarding team.
The following steps may be taken by the school to support anyone who may have any safeguarding concerns:
If we have to work with other professionals and share information about any concerns, we will ensure that they are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. If you think a child is at risk then you must speak up. If you think about something after you have visited us, then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for children and their families is a vital aspect of the work the Inclusion team undertakes. Whether parents are worried about their child having special needs or a disability, need support for managing behaviour at home or just need someone to talk to about their worries, the Inclusion team will make time for families.
If a parent is worried about special educational needs or a disability, often talking things through with the SENCO is enough to put a parent’s mind at rest. The SENCO can observe a child in class and give feedback, signpost parents to other services in education or health, or make referrals to other agencies to support the family – for example referrals to the Educational Psychologist or Physiotherapist can be made by the SENCO.
At other times, the other members of the Inclusion team can be there to help. We run support courses for parents such as “Family Links” to help with some of the more tricky aspects of parenting, and work directly with some families to support them with their children. Coffee mornings are a chance to sit and have a chat over a cuppa and get to know the Inclusion team and the other parents, these are usually well attended – keep an eye out for them in school newsletters. If parents have any worries about their child, or need support, they can contact the SENCO or Family Support Worker via the main School telephone number.