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Health and Safety

Safety

We make every effort to ensure that all pupils are Petersfield are safe. We complete annual risk assessments for every area of the school and for all activities e.g. using indoor or outdoor apparatus or catching the bus home from school. Our Health and Safety Governing body committee make regular checks of the buildings and grounds in line with the County regulations, and County audits are also conducted. Termly fire and lock-down drills are carried out according to established protocols.

Supervision starts when the school gates are unlocked at 8:45am with a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in the playground. Pupils enter the school through the two playground doors as soon as they arrive. Children are supervised by their classteacher or nominated staff through out the day. The school gate is unlocked at 3:10pm when classteachers supervise pupils into the care of their parents.

Transport to school

Pupils in catchment, who live outside Orwell, are eligible for a school bus pass if they meet the criteria of the Local Authority. Pupils are supervised from and back onto the bus and a bus escort accompanies the driver. Car parking is in the village of Orwell and we actively encourage people to park responsibly and with consideration for our neighbours. Where possible, we encourage pupils to walk or cycle. Bikeability training is offered for Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils to encourage cycle safety. Road Safety is an important part of the PSHE curriculum. Parents should not park in the staff car park and please use the walking route along the path and the side of the car park as marked by the white line to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and drivers.

Modeshift Stars Bronze 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded the Bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation, which is part of the National School Travel Awards. To achieve this award we had to complete a Petersfield Travel plan which included: setting up a working group, doing travel surveys for the pupils and staff and identifying action points. We had Road Safety Week; as a result our pupils are now more aware of how to keep themselves safe on the road. They have conducted traffic surveys and many had cycle training As part of road safety lessons pupils have learnt the benefits of healthy/active travel.

Safety Education

We follow Cambridgeshire's Personal, Social and Health Education programme which educates pupils as to their environment, the potential hazards and how to keep themselves safe. We also teach e-safety as part of our curriculum which has the primary aim of equipping the pupils to keep themselves safe on-line. Bikeability is offered to year 5 and 6 children to encourage cycle safety.

Medical Needs and First Aid

Our medical needs and first aid policies detail how we care for pupils who have particular needs or who are taken ill during the school day. Please see the school website for more information on these policies or ask for a copy at the school office.

An individual health care plan will be created and updated regularly, in liaison with parents and other health specialists, for any child with medical needs to ensure that they are able to access all aspects of school life.

Accidents are dealt with immediately and you will be contacted if necessary. A First Aid record is kept which records all medical treatments. If a child receives a bumped head they will be sent home with a band and first aid form to ensure that all staff and parents are aware of the injury and the need for continued monitoring. Where there are concerns, medical assistance is sought immediately and a member of staff would always accompany a child to hospital were a parent not contactable. Parents are asked to confirm contact details annually and to contact the school office if there is a change to contact details. The County Council offers insurance protection afforded by the Authority's legal liability insurance policies.

Clubs and other activities

We conduct risk assessments for all school organised clubs and activities. If a club is delivered by an external provider, on our site, we request a risk assessment, copy of liability insurance and DBS certificates before a booking will be agreed.

School trips

Risk assessments are conducted for all school trips. These are recorded electronically on Evolve, an on-line educational trips database which is monitored by Cambridgeshire County Council. All trips are signed off by the Headteacher once all documentation has been received. Staff attending trips take recently completed copies of emergency contact details and medical forms for all pupils and adults; whilst additional copies remain at the school and with the Headteacher. In the case of an emergency, we would follow our Critical Incident Policy.

Major incidents

Were a major incident ever to occur, we would follow our Critical Incident Plan. This might require us to evacuate children to the nearby agreed location.

Snow day closure

In the event of closure due to snow, information will be published on the home page of the school website. Updates are also available via local radio stations (e.g. Heart and Radio Cambridgeshire) and via the Cambridgeshire County Council website. If it is necessary to close the school during the day, the 'Latest News' section of the website will be updated and where electricity permits, parents will be contacted via email or phone. Staff would remain to ensure that all children are collected safely. On snow days, we will always assess the school site to ascertain whether it is safe to allow the children outside at break time. Pupils should have appropriate clothing for the weather including waterproofs, wellies and warm clothes.

Parental Access to the school site

Whilst we actively encourage parental involvement and invite parents into school, it is also necessary that we ensure the safety of all pupils. Therefore all visitors need to enter the school via Reception where they are signed in. Should you wish to enter the school building in the morning, please sign in at the office once pupils have entered the building via the playground doors. Parents wishing to see a class teacher can do so on the patio once pupils have been collected. Alternatively, appointments can be made via the school office.

Latest News

24th Jul - School closes today to pupils, parents and visitors. Good luck year 6! Have an amazing summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday 4th September. Happy holidays!

24th Jul - Following two and a half very successful transition days for all our pupils and the new reception children, this afternoon, our pupil returned to their 2018-19 classes to celebrate the year.

24th Jul - Thank you for all the gifts and kind words on the last day of term. They mean a lot. We are very proud of all our pupils and staff.

24th July - Well done to our 'Year 7' who presented the pupil ideas for FOPS spending to the committee today. We are very grateful for the tireless work of FOPS to raise much needed funds for the school and we look forward to receiving the requested resources in September.

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