This page is all about safeguarding our children when they are at school. We take time to ensure our site, practices and procedures are as safe as possible.
Health and safety
The school has a Health and Safety Policy, which is monitored by a school governor. The Local Authority provide an inspection service, and we use their monitoring checklist to ensure we are compliant with all Health and Safety responsibilities. The headteacher, school business manager and governors oversee this comprehensive list. Any concerns from staff are reported to any of the above and an initial examination takes place immediately, assessing what remedial action needs to take place.
On a termly basis, there is a fire drill to practice efficient evacuation from the buildings. The school conducts an annual Fire Risk Assessment. There is also a Critical Incident Plan that details what staff and parents/carers should do in the case of emergencies.
We have trained members of staff, designated to oversee first aid, including paediatric first aid. There are a number of first aid kits situated around school. Where there is any cause for concern, staff deal with children with the utmost sensitivity. Wherever necessary, parents/carers will be contacted or asked to come into school immediately so that they are part of the decision-making process for such matters. In the case of an emergency, the school will call for emergency treatment first before contacting the parent. The school has a First Aid Policy, a Medical Conditions Policy and an Intimate Care Policy.
Lodge Farm Primary School is a secure site with an electronic gate and a door access control. We have clear routines and procedures in place, but the site is only as secure as the people who use it and the whole school community has a responsibility to help us maintain security. Our children and parents/carers are crucial to this process, and we encourage you to report any concerns to the school office.
We take great care to maintain a secure site around the perimeter of the school and all children are supervised at all times. In the unlikely event of a child leaving the school premises without permission, staff have been asked never to chase after a child, but rather to report immediately to the senior leadership team. Then parents/carers and police will be informed of the circumstances.
Photographing, filming and use of data
At Lodge Farm Primary School we have taken a sensible, balanced approach, which allows parents/carers to photograph and video, providing they follow certain guidelines: Parents/carers taking photographs are advised at all school events that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used on any social media. We ensure we comply with GDPR regulations.
Disability equality scheme and equal opportunities
At Lodge Farm Primary School we work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly. All children are given equal access to the school and its curriculum and all are considered equal in the learning partnership. We have an Equality and Diversity Policy. When children have special needs, we make arrangements to inform parents/carers and design specific programmes. We ensure that the outcomes for all groups of children allow them to reach their full potential. Children with physical needs and disabilities must be able to take a full and active part in every lesson and activity, and every measure is taken to ensure this.