Keeping Our Children Safe
- Summerfields Primary School’s governing body takes seriously its responsibility under section 175 of the Education Act 2002 (section 157 in relation to the independent sector) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.
- We recognise that all staff and Governors have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.
- We strongly believe that our school should provide a safe, caring, positive and stimulating environment that promotes the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.
Early Help Support - The Early Help Assessment (EHA) is a way of working with children and their families. It involves listening to the family, to find out their needs and providing support and services. An action plan will be agreed with the family and is put in place to make sure the family get the right sort of help at the right time. The EHA is voluntary and families can choose to be involved, this can include other professionals from other services and is led by the school.
Please contact us for more advice and support on becoming involved.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
- Mrs Melanie Gartell, Head Teacher - Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Miss Melanie Vine, Deputy Head Teacher - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
- Mrs Lesley Blanchflower, Family Liaison Officer - Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding
- The Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding is Carol Bray and she can be contacted at email@example.com.
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)
- The LADO can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01962 876364.
IOW Council Local Offer
To support the process of identifying the range of provision and advice that is available, the Isle of Wight Local Authority have published a local offer. For more information about the Local Offer please use the following link:
Core Role and Responsibility
Safeguarding is EVERYONE'S responsibility - If you feel that a child is at risk in any way, and for any reason, it is your legal obligation to report this in confidence to the Safeguarding leaders of our school. By reporting a concern, you are not passing a judgement on any other parent/carer, and nor is the school, we are all simply fulfilling our core role of keeping children safe.
- If you are concerned about a child outside of school, you can contact children’s services at any time on 0300 3000 117.
- If a child is at significant or serious risk of harm, contact the police on 999.
- Safeguarding Team
- Safeguarding Information for Visitors
* for the Child Protection and Safeguarding policies please see 'Information' page, Policies section
What are the arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the provision made at school?
It is in everyone's interests for complaints to be resolved as quickly and effectively as possible. Our SEND complaint procedure is as follows:
- Initially the complaint is dealt with by the class teacher. Class teachers will listen to all the points raised and seek ways to address the issues.
- If the matter remains unresolved, the complaint will be dealt with by the SENCO or a member of the senior leadership team.
- If there is still no resolution the Headteacher will become actively involved.
- If the matter is still not resolved, the complainant must put their complaint in writing to the Chair of Governors and the Governing body will deal with the matter through their agreed complaint resolution procedures.
- The school's complaints policy is available on the school website, please see 'Information' page, Policies section.
'Staff have confidence in the leadership, and work supportively together to fulfil that vision. As a result, pupils' learning and emotional needs are met successfully.' - Ofsted 2018
'The school is a happy and nurturing place. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Well-rehearsed routines at the start of the day help to settle them quickly, so that they can make the most of their learning time.' - Ofsted 2018