The safety and well-being of the children in our care is always our highest priority. The school has a clear policy for Child Protection which is available to parents on request. All staff receive regular training to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse.
Any concerns regarding child protection in school can be discussed with the
Headteacher Mrs Patricia Petrie 01642 453157 , the nominated teacher for Child Protection.
Understanding young minds – LSCB
To help parents LSCB have launched a free online course that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your children about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience.
If you’d like to start your free course, please click the link below. Alternatively, if you want to delve more into the statistics behind self-harm and discover free resources that you can share with your friends and family, please download LSCB’s self-harm resource pack.
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Once the children are safely in school on a morning and after lunch, all outside doors are locked to prevent access by anyone from the outside. This is to ensure your children’s safety whilst in the school building. If you need to enter either building at any time during the school day, please report to the main office first. As you leave, please make sure doors are secured behind you. In case of emergency, all staff can open all doors from the inside.
The security gates at the front of the school premises remain closed but locked throughout the school day whilst staff are on the premises. All gates are locked in the evening. The rear pedestrian gate is open from 8.00am until 9.15am and from 3.00pm until 3.40pm to allow access to and from school. It is also unlocked but supervised to allow pupils attending after school clubs to leave by the rear exit. At all other times, the rear gate is kept locked to prevent unauthorised access.
The Reception play area gates are kept locked whilst in use to guarantee the safety of the younger children but are open for access around the West building before and after school.
School Crossing Patrol
School crossing patrols are on duty at
- Bankfields Road (near the shops) 8.30-9.15am and 3.10-3.40pm
- Jubilee Road 8.30-9.15am and 3.10-3.45pm
The entrance to the school is clearly marked with’ no parking’ restrictions and parents bringing their children to school by car are asked to pay regard to the markings to avoid using the school drive as a turning point. Please do not bring cars past the pinch point in the road. It is unsafe to turn in this area when pedestrians are about.
As part of our School Travel Plan targets, we ask parents to avoid bringing children to school by car whenever possible and promote walking for its health and environmental benefits.
Collecting Children from School
We have a number of children being collected from school and after school clubs late, we understand that occasionally emergencies occur and are unavoidable. Therefore, if children are not collected by 3.25pm or within 10 minutes of the end of extra curricular clubs, they will be placed in after school club where they will receive adequate supervision. Parents will be charged £2.00 for this provision, if collected within the first half hour, following which, they will be charged full price (£5.40).
When collecting children from school, we kindly ask that you do not bring your vehicles into the main car park. This can cause safeguarding issues whilst children are walking around and leaving the school grounds.
Your child’s safety and well-being are our main concern, so we follow the Local Authority recommendation that primary age pupils may only be collected by responsible people aged 16 years and over. Please keep the class teacher informed of any changes in your collection arrangements.
Illness and Injury
In the event of a child being ill or injured at school, parents will be contacted as soon as possible so the child can be collected from school. For this system to work effectively, it is essential that the school office has an up to date record of contact names, addresses and telephone numbers. You will have already completed an information sheet with these details on. Please let us know straight away if there are any changes.
All children are seen by the school nurse soon after they start school. The school nurse and the dental service carry out health screening on groups at various ages in their school career.
If parents have health concerns about their child they can speak to the school nurse in confidence. Please contact the school office if you wish to meet with or speak to the school nurse.
Class teachers cannot be responsible for administering medication to children. If it is essential that your child needs to receive prescribed medication during the school day, please bring it in the original container with the chemist’s label to the main office. It must be clearly marked with the child’s name and the dosage. You will be asked to complete a Medication Administration Form.
Children who use asthma inhalers must keep these in the classroom so they are accessible when needed. A spare inhaler may be kept in the main office, again clearly labelled.
Please note that no medication can be administered to the nose or eyes by staff.
Bankfields Primary School is a no smoking site. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the school premises by staff, parents, visitors or community users.
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