At The Arbours, we believe that it is important that the academy works in partnership with parents and carers to ensure the best for all our pupils.
Let's work together to make our pupils experiences successful ones.
Please try to support us by helping with the following;
- continue to ensure your children attend school
- make sure the children arrive on time ready to learn
- make your child read every day! Listen or ask them questions about their book
- ensuring they do their homework - if it's difficult at home they can attend homework club at school
If you do have any questions, then please speak to your Class teacher or one of our Learning Support Assistants. We are all here to help!
The Arbours Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people. Providing a safe environment for all our students, staff and visitors is at the upmost importance to us.
Our Safeguarding Team
Mrs A WattsHead Teacher/DSL
Mrs A Watts
Mrs K JeffordFamily Support Worker
Mrs K Jefford
Miss J NewtonFamily Support Worker
Miss J Newton
Miss E GormanLearning Mentor
Miss E Gorman
Mrs V StobartEYFS LSA
Mrs V Stobart
Miss M JonesEmotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
Miss M Jones
Please keep your Visitor Pass on at all times
The visitor pass shows the children you are a visitor and not a member of staff. The green lanyards are for adults who we have a current DBS for. Red visitor lanyards are given to adults who have not supplied us with a DBS
A list of First Aid trained staff is available in the office
If the alarm sounds please evacuate immediately via the nearest fire exit (do not stop to collect any personal belongings). Gather in either the KS1 or KS2 playground.
Toilets are located in the staffroom or along the corridor next to the school office.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all the children in our care. We hope this booklet will provide some useful advice when working with young people at The Arbours.
What are my responsibilities as an adult working with children?
All adults who come into contact with young people in their everyday work, whether paid or voluntary, have a legal duty to safeguard and promote the well-being of children.
DBS (formerly CRB) checks
The Arbour’s recruitment and selection procedures specify that all adults working with children have an enhanced DBS disclosure. This is to ensure that all unsuitable people are prevented from working with children. You will be informed by the Head teacher or their representative whether or not you require a DBS check and if you do not, you will not be left unsupervised with young people.
DBS forms are available from the School Office, who will help you to complete the application and advise you on the documentation that you need to complete the form.
It is essential that you inform the Head teacher immediately if you become subject to any criminal investigation, caution or conviction. This is to protect you as well as the young people in your care.
A full copy of The Arbour’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies are available from the main school office.
What should I do if I work here and I am worried about a child?
If you become concerned about a child’s welfare or any of the following:
- Comments made by a child about themselves or others
- Any unexplained marks or bruising
- Changes in a child’s behaviour or demeanour
then please report these concerns immediately to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs):
Mrs Angela Watts, Mrs Kerry Jefford, Miss Jess Newton, Miss Gorman, Mrs Vick Stobart or Miss Megan Jones.
We have an internal cause for concern form (green form) that can be found in the staff room which will need to be completed immediately with the details and given to one of the DSLs.
What should I do if a child discloses that s/he is being harmed?
Young people rarely lie about such matters, so it is important to take this seriously:
- Listen to what is being said without passing comment or displaying shock or disbelief – accept what is said
- Allow the child to talk freely
- Reassure the child that you will be supportive but do not make promises that you will be unable to keep
- Do not promise confidentiality but explain to the child that you will have to share this information with someone else in order that you can help them further
- It is important not to interrogate the child or ask leading questions: it is ok to ask “How did that make you feel?” and “Is there anything else that you want to tell me?”
- Reassure the child that it is not their fault
- Stress that sharing the information was the right thing to do
- Do not be drawn into criticising the perpetrator: remain sympathetic but impartial
Immediately record the details of the disclosure, including wherever possible the exact words or phrases used by the child, on the school’s internal cause for concern form (green form) and return them to one of the DSLs as soon as possible. Please ensure you have written in pen and have signed and dated the form.
What should I do if the alleged abuser is a member of staff?
You should report the allegations to the Head teacher as soon as possible (or in the case of the Head teacher being the alleged abuser, you are required to contact the Designated officer at the Local Authority on 01604 367268)
How do I ensure my behaviour is appropriate?
All good relationships are based upon mutual trust and respect. Children are often spontaneously affectionate and tactile and it is important not to alienate them through a lack of response or appearing to reject this. You should however, be very careful about physical contact with children and always try to be in view of another adult.
If you are working with a child on his or her own ensure that a door is left open and that you are visible to other adults where possible. Do not take a child on a car journey alone – always have a second member of staff as chaperone.
Do not photograph children unless it is with official permission. Use a school camera or video recorder and do not exchange personal emails or texts. Under no circumstances should you share your personal contact details with children or have any contact on social networking sites.
What should I do if I am a parent and I am worried about a child?
If you have concerns about any child outside of school, whether a pupil here or not, then you should contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH team) on 0300 126 1000 (option 1). You are able to do this anonymously if you prefer.
If you are unsure about contacting them, please do ask for advice from one of our DSLs who will be able to support you.
This leaflet has been given to you to show what is expected – please keep it to refer to. If you are unclear about any part of it, it is essential that you speak with a DSL to clarify things for you.
Thank you for reading this and committing to keep all of our children safe and happy.
Local Safeguarding Authority
Northamptonshire 0300 126 1000
Useful eSafety Websites
Our performance against other schools can be found via the Department for Education’s School Performance Table.
KS2 Performance Data - 2018/19
KS2 Results Over Time
Ofsted & Parent View
Our latest Ofsted report can be found here.