Queensmead Primary Academy, along with Greenwood Academies Trust, take responsibility for protecting the health and safety of all children and members of staff.
The health and safety, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children is of paramount importance at the Academy. Parents send their children to our Academy each day with the expectation that it provides a secure environment in which their children can flourish. We therefore have to ensure that this expectation becomes reality. In order to do this a wide range of measures are put in place. Please see our policies and adhere to our expectations.
This is all done for security and safety of your children.
On entering our Academy there is a clear policy and advice statement displayed that covers a number of wider safeguarding matters from Child Protection to Fire Procedures. Visitors from external organisations will be asked for identification and may be refused entry to the Academy without it.
The Designated Senior Leads (DSL) for Safeguarding at the Academy is Mrs Liz Latham
Other Designated Senior Persons are:
- Mrs Liz Latham - Principal
- Mrs Rebecca Catlow - Deputy Principal
- Mrs Mary Richards- Assistant Principal
- Miss Lisa Sewell - Behaviour Mentor and Attendance Officer
- Miss Kirsty Hargreaves - Inclusion Support Worker
To view all of our safeguarding policies including our Child Protection Policy please click here
Peer on Peer Abuse, Sexual Violence and Harassment and Harmful Sexual Behaviour:
At Queensmead, part of the Greenwood Academies Trust , our position is clear: sexual violence and sexual harassment are never acceptable, will never be tolerated and are not an inevitable part of growing up. Such behaviour will never go unchallenged or become accepted and we remain committed to working openly and transparently with to promote mutual respect.
Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy has guidance within it around the indicators of peer on peer abuse and harmful sexual behaviour along with our response procedures. All relevant Safeguarding Policies are available on these pages on our own website or on the Greenwood Academies Trust website.
All students are taught the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum.
The appropriate means for disclosing an allegation of abuse relating to another student is always to inform a member of the specific academy’s safeguarding team directly or a member of the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. In the event that an allegation is made against a member of staff, this must be sent to the Academy Principal or directly to the Trust Safeguarding Directorate. We will always act on concerns raised.
Links to Trust Policies:
External support and advice is always available from:
- Childline on 0800 1111
- NSPCC on 0800 136663 or firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Safety at the Queensmead Primary Academy
At the Academy we believe that information and communication technologies create valuable opportunities to improve children’s learning by extending the range of information, resources and people which they can encounter. To use it effectively requires an awareness of the benefits and risks, the development of new skills and understanding of appropriate and effective use both in and out of the classroom.
Pupils work online in school, at home and elsewhere. They have access to the internet via a range of means including personal devices (iPads, Smart Phones, Games Consoles) which may not have network protection and therefore it is important for them to understand the risks and to act accordingly.
The statutory curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using ICT. In delivering the curriculum, teachers need to plan to integrate the use of communications technology such as web-based resources and e‑mail. Computer skills are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed ICT is now seen as an essential life-skill.
In order to ensure that our pupils are aware and protected from the risks and are “Internet wise”
At the Queensmead Primary Academy we:
- Plan the curriculum content for internet use to match the pupils’ ability.
- Ensure that all children are aware that they are not to be accessing the internet unsupervised.
- Make sure children are made aware of the specific rules for using the internet safely. These rules will be placed next to each computer and children will be responsible for following them.
- Review sites before providing the website to children.
- Check government advice and recommendations.
- Inform parents and seek their consent (see appendix five).
- Make sure pupils and parents are aware of the “Rules for Responsible Internet Use”