Why Your Child is Safe At Our Academy
Star Academy Sandyford and Academy Transformation Trust prioritise the safeguarding of our pupils.Your child’s safety is of paramount importance and we have clear and consistent procedures in place to ensure that your child is safe. We meet all of the statutory requirements and regularly monitor safeguarding provision.
We have a lead member of staff responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding (Principal) who meets regularly with the lead governors for safeguarding to monitor the impact of what we have in place; also ensuring we adhere to all legislation.
Below is an overview of the areas of academy life which ensure the safety of our children.
- Safe recruitment of staff – including training of interview panel, CRB disclosures and all DBS checks.
- Clear and regularly reviewed policies for child protection, behaviour, safeguarding and many other related policies.
- Site safety – our academy has security doors on the main entrance and electronic gates that require a member of our office team to activate entry into the academy. All visitors report to the main office in order to gain access to the building. The academy is also covered by security cameras, all images are recorded on tape. Outside doors are locked during lesson time as a form of added security. We have a secure fenced school boundary which is regularly inspected and improved where necessary.
- We hold regular discussions with the children regarding what is in place in our academy to keep them safe and to improve awareness of their personal safety, including what to do and who to speak to if they have any worries or concerns. We hold pupil interviews and questionnaires annually to check that pupil’s feel safe.
- E safety – we have clear procedures that all children use, in order to improve their safety whilst on the internet at school and at home. We train 2 children from each year group (Y2-6) to be Childnet Digital Leaders and they support the continuous safety and remind peers of the need to remain safe within lessons. We run parent workshops on how to support your child with this and provide parents with an e-safety rag rating for their child on interim reports that are discussed at parent conferences.
- We have very high standards of behaviour and our behaviour across the academy is very good. We have a positive discipline policy which enables children to be clear about their responsibilities with regard to behaviour. We work in partnership with our parents/carers if there are any concerns.
- We don’t tolerate bullying and we act swiftly and procedures if there are any concerns or issues
- Educational visits are always risk assessed. We ensure the ratio of adults to children meets or exceeds requirements so that your children can enjoy their school trips!
- We have 3 members of staff who are fully trained Paediatric First Aiders accompanied with 4 staff who are First Aid trained. We also have 3 designated Asthma Leaders. Staff are also trained to deal with specific medical needs of children and administer care plan requirements. 6 members of staff are trained in Positive Handling techniques.
- We are an inclusive school and hold the National Centre of Excellence and Inclusion Quality Mark acknowledging the fantastic work we do to support all our children irrespective of their needs. Our Inclusion leader/SENCO works closely with our children and their families to support any additional needs effectively.
- Health and Safety must be rigorous at all times. Our regional estates manager has a termly meeting with the Principal to monitor and discuss all aspects of H&S.
- We teach the children many aspects of their personal safety through our curriculum. Discussions on safety measures and how they can keep themselves safe take place regularly.
- We provide an termly safeguarding report to governors. This ensures all aspects of safety provision are up to date. We complete an annual safeguarding audit for Academy Transformation Trust and Stoke On Trent Safeguarding and Children’s Boards.
- We have a strong belief in partnership working with our families. Our open door policy means that effective communication can take place.
- We work with Stoke On Trent Co-operative Working Services to provide any additional support to our families and children if and when it is needed.
If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child, please contact:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Nicky Broomhall, Principal – 01782 235055
Deputy DSL: Liz Broadhurst, Vice Principal – 01782 235055
If you have concerns about a teacher, please contact:
Nicky Broomhall, Principal – 01782 235055
If you have concerns about the Principal, please contact:
Helen Rowley – Chair of Governors – 01782 235055 (ask for Mrs Rowley to ring you back)
If school is closed and you have an urgent concern about a child’s welfare and believe them to be at risk of significant harm you could call the Police on 999 or make contact with Stoke On Trent Children’s Social Care Emergency out of hours on 01782 234567
The Academy’s Safeguarding Policy can be found here:-
We follow Child Protection Procedures as per the Stoke On Trent Policy, found here:
Working Together to Safeguard Children is a government document that we use to inform our practices. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children–2