School Policies

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WHAT IS A SCHOOL POLICY?

“An effective policy should provide a sound basis upon which more detailed actions and plans can be layered. It should give members of staff an indication of what their role might be in implementing it. Most importantly it should provide a united approach that distinguishes your school.” National Association of Headteachers

By setting the various goals and assigning the proper authorities that enable school governance and management, school policies make clear to staff, students, parents and the community exactly what educators are accountable for. School policy helps professionals govern in an orderly fashion. Since every school policy affects a child’s education, each decision that is made is carefully considered by the relevant Governing Body.

 

The Wensum Trust

The Wensum Trust is accountable for all policies across its Academies, which will be written and implemented in line with its ethos and values. We believe that education is far broader and deeper than the national curriculum and examination programmes of study. Important as these are, we want our students to strive to gain experiences that will develop their personality and make them ready for a 21st Century technological and multicultural society.

A Scheme of Delegation sets out the responsibilities of the HHS Local Governing Body and Heads of School, who are responsible for the implementation of all policies.

The policies listed on the right are divided into those which relate to all the schools in the Wensum Trust, and those delegated to the HHS Local Governing Body.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

all our policies are reviewed for equality impact assessment. If you need a hard copy of any policy, or need a different format or language, please contact the school.

FEATURED POLICY:
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN

 

1. PURPOSE & AIMS

1.1 The purpose of the Wensum Trust’s safeguarding policy is to ensure every child who is a registered pupil at our academy is safe and protected from harm. This means we will always work to:
• Protect children and young people at our academy from maltreatment;
• Prevent impairment of our children’s and young people’s health or development;
• Ensure that children and young people at our academy grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
• Undertake that role so as to enable children and young people at our academy to have the best outcomes.

1.2 This policy will give clear direction to staff, volunteers, visitors and parents about expected behaviour and our legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children at our academy.

1.3 Our academy fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children from harm and supporting and promoting the welfare of all children who are registered pupils at our academy. The elements of our policy are prevention, protection and support.

1.4 We recognise that our safeguarding responsibilities are clearly linked to our responsibilities for ensuring that appropriate safeguarding responses are in place for children who are absent from academy or who go missing from education, particularly on repeat occasions. The Attendance Lead will regularly liaise with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to discuss all persistently absent pupils and those who go missing to identify the risk of abuse and neglect including sexual abuse or exploitation and to ensure that appropriate safeguarding responses have been put in place to reduce the risk of future harm.

1.5 This policy applies to all pupils, staff, parents, Trustees, Governors, volunteers and visitors.

2. OUR ETHOS

2.1 The child’s welfare is of paramount importance. Our academies will establish and maintain an ethos where pupils feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children at our academy will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our academy if they are worried or concerned about something.

2.2 Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. We recognise that staff at our academy play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members must always act in the best interests of the child.

2.3 All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose.

2.4 Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.

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