If you have any concerns about a child, family or member of staff, within our school you should share this information immediately. If the concern is about a member of staff please contact the Headteacher. If the concern is about the Headteacher please contact the Chair of Governors.
Please refer to the Safeguarding Flow Chart below for further details.
If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, trust your instincts and call the confidential ANTI_TERRORIST hotline on 08700 789 321
At Great Kimble CofE School, the health, safety and well-being of every child is our paramount concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time as pupil in our school. We want to work in partnership with parents to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils and a culture of 'Everyone's Responsibility' in our school. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.
Our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including Disclosure and Barring Service Checks, as recommended by Buckinghamshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
Through our curriculum, particularly our Personal Social and Health Education Lessons (Learning for Life), we ensure that pupils know how to keep themselves safe, report concerns and also how to support their peers in doing the same.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175/157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2023, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Mrs Lodge) who has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receive child protection awareness training, including training on issues such as radicalisation, child on child abuse, FGM and CSE, on a regular basis.
On rare occasions, our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent's consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children's Board, and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' DFE document, for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures, please contact the DSL or DDSL via the school office.
We understand that at times parents/carers may have concerns about other families or children within our school setting. In this situation please come and talk to one of the above named persons to share your concerns. Similarly, we understand that there are times within a family setting that things become difficult. If you feel you would like some support or someone to talk to please do contact Miss Gore (via the school office) who can offer a range of guidance and support in the first instance.
To ensure a safe environment for pupils, all visitors to the school must enter via the main reception, sign in our using our Vpass visitor system and wear a visitors badge at all times. A leaflet is given to all new visitors, to the school site, detailing key arrangements for safeguarding, fire, lockdown etc. All visitors are asked to switch off their mobile phones whilst on the school site beyond the main reception area or school hall.
We have high expectations of our staff and these expectations are set out in our staff code of conduct. We work closely with staff to ensure they feel supported with well-being and workload and use a number of strategies to support staff and make them feel valued and appreciated.
If you have a concern about a child please contact Mrs Lodge or Miss Haynes via the School Office on 01844 346 189 or alternatively if out of school hours, weekends or holidays click on the button to the right.
Safeguarding Contact Information:
Mrs Lodge (Headteacher) - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Haynes (Deputy Headteacher) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Lynda Swinbourn - Child Protection Governor
Contact via the Chair of Governors or school office
Mrs Sally-Anne Walsh - Chair of Governors
Safeguarding Flow Chart
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 (KCSIE)
Other Safeguarding Policies
Child protection leaflets and website links
Please take a look below at some of the websites which we think you may find useful.
Awareness of rail safety is important for all children. However, at Great Kimble we focus on rail safety as we cross the local railway on our way to our outdoor learning classroom, Smokey Row.