Safe Guarding November 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians

Re: Safeguarding

As you know, our core priority is the safety and welfare of our pupils. Creating a happy, safe and secure learning environment is a key part in ensuring that all of our pupils have a school setting where they can reach their potential and enjoy their learning. We would like to share with you some of the key messages that we impart to our students to enable this environment to be created and maintained.

Our policies are in place to ensure that there is a consistent approach to practices throughout the school and that they are understood and adhered to by staff, governors and volunteers. Adults have a tremendous impact on young people and the stability of school is an essential part of providing young people with the consistency they need to be successful. With this in mind staff at St Philip Howard will:

  • Work within the agreed policies of the school

  • Promote a happy, caring and safe school

  • Encourage children to think for themselves, ask questions and find answers

  • Create an environment of trust

  • Challenge and support children in their learning

  • Recognise and value our strengths and use these to support each other

  • Be conscientious and hard-working

There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and these are available on the school website.

Our Anti-Bullying campaign has a very clear message to children to raise awareness and support our children to live in a safe and harmonious environment. The student-designed slogan and posters encourage pupils to not only avoid bullying behaviour themselves but to challenge and report it. The Student Council have been working with the Police on how we can help those who are bullying and they have created a pupil friendly Bullying report form for pupils to use.

Every year we address all aspects of bullying including:

  • Racial

  • Physical

  • Social

  • Verbal

  • Cyberbullying

  • Homophobic

This year we are working with the Police on raising awareness of the dangers of sexting and online safety. We have had 2 day workshops for Year 7 and 8 where PC Gallagher came in and talked to them about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying and what they can do to stop it.

Click here to view the PFD