Eastcote Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that our pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any children in distress and are confident about applying the processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.
We follow the Bexley Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures. The school’s Safeguarding & Child Protection and policy is available on request from the office or can be viewed on the school website.
Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.
If your child is ever concerned about their safety or well-being or about a friend, they should talk to someone such as a parent or a member of staff at school. Talking helps, and if these people agree there is a problem, they will find other people to help – the designated Staff for Child Protection are Mr Ball and Mrs Hall. They will then work together with other people to address the problems and ensure everyone is safe.
Eastcote Primary Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability. All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In formulating this supplement to the safeguarding policy, the Governors have taken account of the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) who has called for all public bodies to make explicit their preventative measures to minimise the threat of extremism in their setting.
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind. Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views.
The Governing Body has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our pupils protects them from exposure to negative influences. Furthermore, our positive promotion of our values and virtues equips our pupils with the skills to reject violence in all its forms.
The main aims of this policy statement are to ensure that staff are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen here and ensure that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that our pupils are safe from harm.
The principle objectives are that:
Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are: Mrs K Hall, Mrs A Brown and Mrs J Campbell.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is: Mr D Ball.
If you have any concerns about a child and the school is closed please telephone the London Borough of Bexley on 0208 303 7777 and ask for Children’s Social Care.
The school has good partnerships with parents and carers and the work of the family support worker is central to engaging all families. A wide programme of coffee mornings and workshops for numeracy and literacy and managing behaviour is well attended and appreciated by parents and carers.Ofsted
The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. They enjoy exceptionally good relationships across all cultures, having many opportunities to find out about other communities across the world. Parents, carers and pupils are all extremely positive about safety in the school and pupils’ active involvement in the safety of their environment ensures the pupils have an excellent understanding of risk.Ofsted
Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to school are outstanding and pupils thoroughly enjoy school and learning in the extremely calm, harmonious and safe environment.Ofsted