At Court Fields we recognise that keeping our students safe and promoting their well-being is of paramount importance and it scaffolds all we do as a school. It is wide and encompassing and includes issues as diverse as anti-bullying, photos of students, first aid, internet safety and healthy eating. We keep our school site safe and undergo regular maintenance checks and risk assessments for activities both on and off the school site.
Our curriculum includes opportunities for students to become equipped with the skills they need to live healthy lives and to develop appropriate attitudes to the responsibilities of adult life. These skills are delivered through our assembly programme, PSHE and tutorial scheme as well as role modelled through the school staff on a daily basis.
We recognise that high self-esteem, confidence, supportive friends and clear lines of communication with a trusted adult helps all of our students. We therefore aim to maintain an ethos where our students feel safe and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. Students know that there are adults in the school who they can approach if they are worried or are in difficulty, and all our staff, both teaching and support staff, have up to date safeguarding training. Posters around school direct students to different avenues of support for different needs. Our school nurse is available to discuss medical issues, Specialist staff can give careers advice and we have access to trained counsellors and parent family support advisors. Education Attendance Officer and Pastoral Support Assistant monitor the safety of children through checking they are in school. All of this is underpinned by the form tutor and Head of House system.
Part of our duty as adults is to protect young people from abuse. We have a designated Child Protection Team who liaises with outside agencies and families in such situations. Further details can be found by reading our Safeguarding Policy.
The safety of our students is paramount and a robust E-safety Policy helps educate and protect our students in the ICT environment. Senior Leaders, Network Managers and staff are all trained in e-safety and the acceptable usage policy is signed by all every year. The school’s ICT infrastructure is as secure as possible and is not open to misuse or malicious attack. The school meets the SWGfL security and acceptable usage policy. All access is password protected and the internet is filtered and monitored.
For more on E-safety visit student and parents advice page.
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Court Fields. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all students and all staff have a duty of care, to ensure our students are protected from harm.
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Students who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Useful contact numbers:
- Somerset Direct: 0300 123 2224
- The Local Authority Designated Officer: Anthony Goble – 0300 123 2224
- Public Concern at work: 020 7404 6609
- Childline: 0800 1111
- NSPCC: 0808 800 5000