IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDING NOTICES
We take the children’s safety very seriously at Pentland and are constantly reviewing the procedures and ways of working here in school.There are several issues that we felt it was important to review in depth and we would ask for your full co-operation with to ensure that we work together to safeguard our children to the very highest level.
Beginning of the School Day
As part of their on-going safeguarding duty, the governors have spent a great deal of time discussing the morning and afternoon entry into school arrangements. The majority of schools do not allow parents into the building; children are collected from and delivered to the playground by the teachers at a set time.
However, we are proud of the excellent partnership working we feel that we have with parents and we have a real commitment to having an ‘open door’ policy within school. We want the ethos to be one in which the whole family feel welcomed as a part of the school community and central to the children’s education.
As part of this commitment, we are particularly keen to keep the opportunity for parents to come into school and work with their child before the school day begins at 9.00am. However, to both strengthen safeguarding arrangements and ensure that learning time can begin promptly at 9.00am, we must work together to ensure the following is implemented:
- Doors to both the EYFS Unit and Key Stage One will remain closed until 8.45am. Both sets of doors will then be opened to allow access to the classrooms.
- Teachers will be available in the classrooms to welcome the children and to speak to parents, but all children must be accompanied by an adult until 9.00am. The time between 8.45am and 9.00am is provided as an opportunity for parents to engage in their child’s learning; school does not officially begin until 9.00am. If you are not wishing to stay with your child, then please arrive just in time to drop them off for 9.00am start.
- The children in our school are still all very young. It is essential that they remain with an adult as they walk into and through the building to their classroom. Please do not ask them to walk through school alone.
- We must insist that all parents/carers leave the classrooms at 9.00am and go immediately to Reception in order to exit the building. We can then be assured that once children are left within the building to start the school day, out of the care of their parent/carer, we are assured that all adults within the building are fully DBS checked and your children are completely free to move around the school environment safely.
- If a child arrives in school later than 9.00am, a staff member will accompany them to class. Under no circumstances, will parents be allowed to walk through the school after 9.00am.
We thank you for your co-operation with this. We are very eager to keep this morning routine running and not be forced to take a decision whereby parents have much more restricted access to school.
End of Day
As outlined in a letter earlier this term, the school is unfortunately not in a position to change the school finishing time. However, as an alternative to support parents, the governors have decided to part finance an After School care option. The school will invest as much budget as possible in securing staff to run this, but there will need to be a small charge for parents in order to make it sustainable. This will now begin after the Easter holidays from 2nd May 2017.
Should parents be unable to collect their child at 3pm, they can opt to put them in the After School provision, which will run until 3.30pm at a charge of 50p per day. Parents will need to apply for a place within this and indicate which days they require the service. Please see Mrs Valli in the school office to arrange this.
The school will also retain capacity within the club to accommodate a small number of children in case there are any who remain uncollected after 3.10pm. These children will automatically be moved into the after school provision and a charge of 50p will be made to their parents.
The governors have worked hard to find a compromise solution to help parents and hope that this will ease the situation for those that are experiencing difficulties.
Please can we remind parents that the use of mobile phones is prohibited within the building, not just to make calls but to check and send messages too. This is to protect against the possibility of images being taken of children in and around the building, without former consent.Staff are asked to remind any parent or visitor to the school of this safeguarding rule, should they see anyone using a mobile phone.
Due to the fact that a large number of parents are now entering the car park without authority, by queuing at the gate, continually pressing the buzzer and/or racing the barrier once it opens, we are forced to take the decision to completely close the car park gates for everyone except staff and urgent deliveries between the hours of 8.30am and 9.15am and 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Those parents bringing children to Breakfast Club may enter the car park before 8.30am, but must be off site by then.
We have seen too many cars abusing the system and once in the grounds driving at excess speed. Our first and overriding priority is to keep all the children safe as they come in and out of school.
We must now ask all parents who hold barrier passes to hand them in at the office. If you are the holder of a blue disability badge or have a child with a specified need within their EHC Plan or Statement of Educational Need that affects their mobility, please make an appointment to speak to Mrs Coates-Mohammed or Mrs Barker.
We fully understand and sympathise that parking around the school is limited. The majority of schools, unfortunately, suffer the same. We can only reiterate that if you live within walking distance, it would be most helpful if you could walk to school with your children. It is giving them a healthy start to the day too!
It has been brought to our attention that a number of children are travelling in cars without using a seatbelt. Please ensure that all passengers in a car are wearing them. They are far too precious to risk being harmed in an accident.
Thank you for your co-operation and joint work with the school. We truly value our strong relationships and partnerships with you as parents and our sole aim is to ensure that we provide both the highest quality and safest teaching and learning environment for all our children.