Safeguarding & Pastoral Care

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The designated persons for Child Protection are Mr Finnegan, Mrs Woodhouse, Mrs Preece, and Mrs Tyrrell.

For all St. Mary's Safeguarding Policies:

Government Safeguarding Guidelines:

Feeling Safe, Feeling Secure

Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Parent and carers should know that the law (Children Act 2006) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare. This includes risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Generally, the staff will seek  to discuss any concerns with parents and carers, and where possible, seek their consent to a referral to Social Care. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm. Schools will seek advice form Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents and carers will appreciate that the designated person for child protection was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.    


St. Mary’s and Little Oaks are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Mr Finnegan, our Head Teacher is the school’s designated member of staff for child protection.

Class teachers, in consultation with the KS1 and KS2 Safeguarding Co-ordinators, Deputy Head and Head Teacher are all responsible for pastoral care.

Anti Bullying Week

We hold a special Anti Bullying Week Assembly whereby our local police force come into school to talk to the children. The children receive reinforcement messages concerning cyber bullying and online safety. In Anti-Bullying week teachers remind the pupils about our school's Anti- Bullying mantra:              SEE IT , SAY IT , STOP IT, which is key to our work in this area.

“See It, Say It, Stop It” - Our safeguarding posters around the school building

Key Stage 1                               Key Stage 2

This is our St. Mary’s “Safeguarding Message” and pupils and parents are encouraged to learn it. Our School Council chose these two vibrant posters to display in their class rooms and communal areas. The message is clear and concise to all our pupils.

“Is My Fun, Fun for Everyone? – Stop & Think!”

These posters are also displayed around the school building. They give a strong message to our pupils to stop and think about behaviour and to report it if they are feeling unhappy or uncomfortable in any way.






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