Safety & Security

Safety & Security

Journeys to School

The School is situated in Stoney Lane, a two‑way narrow lane which often becomes congested with traffic. The front of the lane has no footpath and we would urge parents to be extremely careful and use the school crossing patrol in Lyme Road instead. This is a much safer route and brings you into the school via a secure footpath leading from Loretto Road.

Parents and other adults who deliver children to and collect them from School are requested not to park in the gateway or to drive into the school grounds and not to park on the zig-zag lines for the safety of the children. To further ensure the safety of the children, the main school gates are locked between 8.45 a.m. and 9.10 a.m. and also between 3.15 p.m. and 3.45 p.m. Entry is along the footpath and through the pedestrian gate to the front playground.

We should point out that it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure the safety of their children on the way to and from School.

If parents wish their children to cycle to school, they are asked to speak to the school office to clarify the procedures that should be followed.

Safeguarding Children

Parents should be aware that the school will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its pupils. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child’s well-being is at risk, staff have no alternative but to follow the local Authority Child Protection Procedures and inform the relevant agencies of their concerns.

Our first concern is your child’s welfare and therefore there may be occasions when we have to consult other agencies even before we contact you. Should this be necessary we want to reassure you that any concerns we have about your child will then be fully discussed with you after we have talked with the other agency.

The Devon Area Child Protection Committee has laid down the procedure we follow. If you want to know more about this procedure, please collect information from the school office.

Security

We have taken a number of steps to improve security in the school. As part of the procedure, parents/visitors wishing to gain access to the building will need to use the intercom. CCTV has been installed on the school site and within the school building and the Early Years sections of the grounds have been securely fenced.

In addition, parents are asked to telephone the school by 9.15 a.m. to let us know if their child will be absent on a school day. If we have not been advised by 9.15 a.m. we will telephone to make contact. In this way we can make sure that all our pupils are accounted for early in the day.

Data Protection

Schools, Local Authorities (LAs), the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the government department which deals with education, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority (QCDA), Ofsted and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) all process information on pupils in order to run the education system and Department of Health (DH) and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) process information on pupils in order to tackle the year on year rise in obesity among children, and in doing so have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things that the data held about pupils must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law. This information is set out in the school’s data protection act policy which is available from the office.