Keeping Our Children Safe
Keeping our children safe is our highest priority. This page is all about safeguarding our children – keeping them safe in every way within our community and helping them to learn about how they can keep themselves safe.
In order to do this, a wide range of measures are put in place:
Child Protection & Safeguarding
The designated adults for Child Protection/Safeguarding are;
Miss Eastwood (Photo)
Mrs Lockwood (Photo)
Miss Senior (Photo)
There is a detailed Child Safeguarding Policy, which is available on our Policies and Information page.
It is the Governing Body’s duty to ensure the policy is reviewed annually and any deficiencies within the policy addressed immediately. All staff have had appropriate child protection training, which is updated every year.
Health & Safety
The school has a health and safety policy, which is monitored by the relevant members of the school governing body.
We have regular H&S inspections and meetings to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilities. The Headteacher, School Business Manager, SPIE and Governors with responsibility for Health and Safety oversee this comprehensive list.
Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place. Our children are also encouraged to be involved with the Health and safety in school and report any concerns they may have.
On at least a termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment and receives regular visits from the Fire Service and the Local Authority Fire Officers.
In addition to the Health and Safety Policy there are policies and risk assessments in place regarding Food and Drink and Food and Hygiene. These determine safe practices in school and the Kitchen/ Dining Room.
We have key trained members of staff, designated to oversee first aid and there are a number of first aid kits situated around school.
Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity and always seek guidance from a member of the school leadership team. Wherever necessary, parents will be contacted or asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision-making process for such matters.
In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent.
Hill View Academy is a secure site with door access controls and a visitor register. We have clear routines and procedures in place, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security. Our children and parents are crucial to this process and we encourage you to report any concerns to the school office.
We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times. We lock our school gates during the school day and visitors must always report to school via the main reception.
Excellent attendance is expected of all children. However, in the event that a child is unwell parents are asked to report absence by 8.30 am on the first day using our main school number 01484 976216.
On occasions where a child’s attendance and punctuality causes concern, this is dealt with by our school attendance officer- Mrs Laycock and Miss Senior. Attendance rates are reported each term to the LA, annually to the government, and to all parents. Positive systems are in place to encourage children to attend regularly and punctually, and the school is aware of its right to issue fixed penalties to parents who do not ensure good attendance and punctuality.
In exceptional circumstances, leave of absence may be requested in writing by submitting a letter to the head at least 30 days in advance, and explaining in detail what the exceptional circumstances are.
Children should be encouraged to use the internet, but at all times in a safe way. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst online and teachers should ensure that this does not happen. If any adult or child suspects misuse, either by a teacher or child, the issue must be reported to the Deputy Head (Mrs Wood) without delay.
Lots of useful fact sheets and links to useful websites are available on this school website on our Online Safety page.
Photography & Filming
Parents taking photographs are advised in advance of all school events that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used in any social media.
Hill View Academy uses images of children, both on our website and in press releases. However, parents are given the option at intake to refuse the use of their child’s image. Parents can change their preferences at any time by requesting a consent form from the office.
Good behaviour is essential in any community and we have high expectations for this. Our Behaviour Policy and Reflection Room Policy show our strong emphasis on positive approaches, but also our clear boundaries in responding to behaviour choices that threaten the learning, wellbeing or safety of others.
If members of staff ever have any concerns about people working within the school, paid or unpaid, they have a professional duty to inform the Headteacher or Governing body accordingly. This can be done in writing or verbally but staff should be prepared to discuss issues in the confidence that any such matter will be dealt with sensitively and with the highest appropriate level of confidentiality.