Welcome to our website
Northern Saints CE(VA) Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have a number of policies and procedures in place, that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed on our website.
Our Child Protection policy is written in line with the Department for Education’s Policy for Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) and is updated annually. All of our staff attend annual statutory training, to ensure that they are fully up to date in how to effectively safeguard all children within their care.
Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We always ensure that any concerns, about our pupils, are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the welfare of the child.
We actively support the Government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. Details of how we support this agenda are outlined in our school PREVENT policy which is also available to read via our school website.
Should you have a concern about a child, please contact one of our safeguarding leads:
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Andy Jones (Headteacher). Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Diane Curley (Ac Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Kathleen McBeth (Family Worker) and Miss Caroline Scott (Assistant Headteacher). The governor with responsibility for safeguarding is Mrs Tina Murphy.
Our school, out of hours, contact number is:
If you wish to report a safeguarding concern to Together For Children, the company who leads safeguarding for Sunderland’s Local Authority, you can contact the Integrated Contact and Referral Team on: 0191 520 5560 or 0191 520552 (if out of school hours).
Photographs and Videos
Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photographs and videos of their children’s life at school, we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all of our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously, and this includes the use of photographic and video images.
Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This includes publishing the images in any form of print or on the internet including any social networking sites. This is always emphasised, by the school, before concerts and shows etc.
We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish for their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is case then please contact the school office to discuss how this can be achieved.
Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We also like to use photographs of our children on our website and on our school Twitter feed, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our displays around school. If you do not wish photographs of your child, to be used for these purposes, then please contact the school office.