Safeguarding children is the responsibility of everyone at St Nicholas' Chantry.
As part of the Clevedon Learning Trust we follow the trust's policies which are based on the government document 'Keeping Children Safe in Education.'
As part of our safeguarding procedures we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputies as well as a named governor who monitors our policies and procedures. These people as are follows:
Designated Safeguarding Lead- Peter Treasure-Smith (Headteacher)
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads-
Stacy Shopland (Deputy Headteacher-part time)
Domonic Cooper (Acting deputy headteacher)
Helen Norman (Foundation Stage lead)
Designated Safeguarding Governor- Susan Warren-Cox
The 'Prevent Strategy' and promoting British Values at St Nick's.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need
to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014.
At our school these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways. We keep up to date with such teaching and learning opportunities and provide appropriate staff training.
St Nicholas' Chantry is a UNICEF Rights Respecting school.
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council is able to genuinely effect change within the school. All the council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
Children have a questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
There are also other project groups which the children run and through which pupil voice is heard: ECO council ,School Games Crew, Healthy Schools Group, Travel to School Group and the Rights Respecting Group.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies.
Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.
As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
As a Rights Respecting School, mutual respect is at the heart of our values.
Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Nicholas' Chantry is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse but increasingly so, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children.
Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE and RRSA teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school.
At our school we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.