Hartshorne CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the member of staff who is trained as a “Designated Safeguard Lead or DSL” in school in compliance with the “sharing of information” guidance.
The DSL at school is Mrs Sarah Layhe-Humphreys (Headteacher)
The deputy DSL at school is Mrs Mindham (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Clough (School Business Officer)
Cause for Concern
All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the Designated Safeguard Lead using a written pro-forma which is available in the staff room. Any concerns will be shared with parents/carers as early as possible where appropriate, as more often than not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children “disclosing” concerns.
Staff Safeguarding Guidance and Training informs all of the following
Procedures to safeguard children and young people.
Awareness-raising about abuse in order to overcome barriers to children and young people reporting their concerns.
Helping adults recognise the signs and indicators that might give rise to concern.
How to respond to concerns about abuse of children and young people.
How to respond to children and young people making an allegation of abuse.
Ways in which adults can raise concerns about unacceptable behaviour by other adults.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found on the school website or a hard copy is available from school; please contact the school office (a small fee is required to cover photocopying costs).
Also available on this site is parental and pupil guidance with regards to safer internet use; please make use of the links on the Keeping Children Safe page.
Holidays in Term Time
In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Any requests for leave of absence should be on an official school absence request form (please see below or ask for a copy from the school office) and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.
You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.
The advice to headteachers is not authorise any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances. We will comply with this advise. On 6th April 2017 the Supreme Court appeal, in relation to the Platt v Isle of Wight case, determined that under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 attending school 'regularly' means:
"In accordance with the rules prescribed by the school"
Please note that from 1st September 2017, if requested, Derbyshire County Council will consider the issue of a penalty notice for any period of holiday absence which has not been authorised by the Headteacher regardless of a child's wider school attendance.
Please find below our most recent Ofsted reports, and relevant information from the Department for Education Performance Tables.