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Safeguarding Information

At Petersfield, safeguarding our pupils is our highest priority. All staff members are aware of the systems in school which support safeguarding and are responsible for safeguarding children's wellbeing.

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Designated Persons

Our Designated Child Protection Trained staff are:

Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection:
Mrs Karen Gwynn
Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Officer for Child Protection:
Mrs Rachel Peachey

Rev Felicity Couch is the nominated Governor with responsibility for child protection.

Designated Officer for Looked After Children:
Mrs Karen Gwynn & Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Officer for Post Looked After Children:
Mrs Karen Gwynn & Mrs Laura Penrose

Designated Prevent Leads:
Mrs Laura Penrose
Mrs Karen Gwynn

Pupil Premium Staff Lead:
Mrs Laura Penrose

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children's health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes. (Keeping Children Safe in Education).

We ensure that all staff are recruited in line with our Safer Recruitment procedures to ensure high quality and appropriately vetted teachers. We ensure that all adults and volunteers who come into contact with pupils are appropriately checked and supervised.

We ensure a safe, welcoming environment in which pupils learn and become resilient and questioning individuals who are mindful of how to keep themselves and others safe both in our community and online.

Please see the relevant pages in our Prospectus to find out more about how we safeguard pupils by ensuring the appropriate provision is in place for:

  • Health and Safety including site security
  • Medical and first aid provision
  • Behaviour
  • Physical Intervention
  • Anti-bullying
  • Special Needs
  • Attendance
  • Risk Assessments including offsite visits

All staff take responsibility for identifying and supporting children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. All staff receive basic child protection training and follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection. Should it be necessary, school staff will seek, where possible, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer. Should it be necessary, school staff will inform them of a referral to Social Care where possible. However, this will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm.

It is important for parents/carers to know that the law requires all the school staff to pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. This procedure is intended to protect children and schools are encouraged to take the attitude that where there are grounds for concern it is better to be over cautious than to risk a child's safety.

We therefore have an unavoidable duty to contact Social Care. Occasionally, this duty means that the Head Teacher or Deputy Headteacher (as Designated Child Protection officers) must risk reporting a concern, which can upset parents which, on investigation, proves unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents /carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that the action was taken in good faith and in the best interest of the children. Any parent who would like further information on this subject should speak to the Headteacher in the first instance.

In accordance with local information sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.

Latest News

18th Nov - This week is our 'Walk to School Week'. Do please join us each day at the Chequers to form a pupil, parent and staff 'walking bus' from 8.45am. Thank you.

15th Nov - Staff and governors, met with Angela Lawn from the YMCA to discuss the findings from our staff and pupil wellbeing surveys. We will now work on the actions from the surveys as we continue to improve wellbeing in our school and ensure we all understand why this is so important.

15th Nov - Today we wore odd socks for 'Children in Need' and raised £77.02. In assembly we discussed what charity means and the history of 'Children in Need'.

14th Nov - Our Year 5 and 6 pupils had 'Playleader' training today from County. This training is invaluable as it provides our older pupils with the skills to engage and lead a variety of games with all the children in our school.

14th Nov - Thanks to Croudace for allowing a visit, Ash and Elm class learnt about house building as part of their topic work.

13th Nov - Thanks to FOPS funding, Divergent Drama led workshops on Anti-bullying today.

11th Nov - Congratulations to our netball team who finished 2nd in their first competition!

11th Nov - 'We will remember them'. Year 6 joined the local community to mark the 2 minutes silence today whilst the rest of the school observed the silence in school after 'planting' their poppy sculptures.

10th Nov - Staff and pupils attended the Remembrance Service at the Methodist Church today.

8th - At Headteacher Award Assembly today, we were inspired by the attitude to learning of our pupils. Many of the children received an award for their determination and resilience, displaying the attitude of a growth mindset. Well done!

7th Nov - Mrs Sirett was impressed with the children who attended the Outdoor Orienteering Activity Event. For many it was their first experience of competitions yet they really displayed the spirit of the games!

1st Nov - Wow! Another amazing fireworks display tonight! Our thanks to Steve and his team and all of the FOPS volunteers and staff. We dedicated tonight's fireworks to the memory of Susan Walford.

1st Nov - Using their oracy skills, the children explained to parents, grandparents and peers, the home learning they had undertaken over the half term.

31st Oct - Pupils in Y5 and Y6 enjoyed a dramatic theatre group presentation about keeping our air clean and how we need to look after our environment. 'It was fun, with an important message too'.

29th Oct - We now have three choices on our new lunch menu each day. Happy choosing!

Tuesday 29th Oct - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2! It was great to share the children's excitement as they recounted their half term and to see the busy learning today.

28th Oct - First Aid training for all staff today.

Latest Publications

Notices

SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE: As per County guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances. The decision will be made as soon as possible and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News'.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.


Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.


We apologise for the intermittent, continuing fault on the phone line which we have again reported to the telephone company. Should you need to reach us, please press '6' immediately the phone is answered. Alternatively email the office.


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


Run Orwell - back on the last Sunday in June 2020! Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone.


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787


As we explained in a newsletter, we have updates our policies and privacy notice about how we process data in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Click here for the updated policies.

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