Safeguarding Statement

Welcome

Safeguarding is what we do to keep our students safe, whilst in our care. Safeguarding is everyones responsibility.

Here at Perryfields we put the wellbeing of our students, as a priority. We strive to provide a nurturing environment, where students feel safe to learn, socialise and develop to be the best version of themselves.

Staff at Perryfields take all welfare concerns seriously and encourage students to talk about their worries. We are lucky to have 4 named Safeguarding Leads, two learning mentors, an inclusion centre, plus a Head of Year for each cohort. We support all pupils, paying close attention to those most vulnerable.

We aim to support our students needs by inhouse assistance from our experienced pastoral team, to referring to external agencies, including Early Help, CAMHS, the School Nursing Team, Young Carers and many more.

Our students will have the opportunity to learn about key safeguarding topics, to enrich them with knowledge of how to deal with situations, with the guidance and encouragement of our trusted staff.

Our staff are committed to ensuring our students reach the best possible outcomes. Working closely with parents and carers is vital to aid communication and form strong relationships with our families.

We have links with the wider community who are important stakeholders, that offer our students and families additional support, in times of need.

If you need support, or advice, please contact a member of the safeguarding team.

‘Together, We Achieve Excellence’.

Visits to Perryfields Academy

Perryfields is committed to safeguarding everyone at school. With this in mind, every visitor to the school must sign in at reception and wear the appropriate lanyard. Prior to signing in, you will be asked to read a Safeguarding Statement and agree to follow the schools safeguarding protocols.

Any adults who intend to work at Perryfields must have read the policies below.

Promoting British Values at Perryfields Academy

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and at Perryfields Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

  • Democracy

Perryfields has its own Student Voice with representatives from all year groups. The Student Voice is able to influence change within the school by raising whole school issues to be discussed and acted on. We also have Head Boy, Head Girl and Senior prefects, who discuss issues with our Senior Leadership Team and are involved in many school events.

Through our curriculum, students are taught about, and encouraged to respect public institutions and services. All parents, carers and students have the opportunity to have positive or constructive conversations about their child’s life at Perryfields Academy.

  • The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at Perryfields Academy. Students are taught from Year 7, the behaviour expectations of school. Students are taught the value of reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from and to authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

  • Individual Liberty

Perryfields Academy students are actively encouraged to make choices knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for young students to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these, for example through e-safety and PHSE education. Perryfields Academy has a robust anti-bullying culture and behaviour and safety policies in place. Perryfields Academy students are given freedom to make choices during the school day and in reference to extra-curricular experiences.

  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those Different Faiths and Beliefs

Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Students learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school are encouraged to treat each other with respect. Perryfields Academy provides opportunities for students to visit places of significant cultural interest, places of worship and we actively encourage visitors from a range of communities and organisations into school. Our curriculum encompasses a range of cultural, moral and religious beliefs and encourages students to broaden their knowledge and understanding. Mutual respect is evident throughout our community. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our behaviour expectations and PSHE education. Students are encouraged to set high expectations of themselves and others.

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