Our school has an embedded ethos where children feel secure, encouraged to talk, know that their viewpoints are valued and that they will always be listened to and taken seriously.
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all adults who work at our school. Our children have the right to protection, regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability. They have a right to be safe.
The school follows the recommended procedures of the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Board, a guide to procedure and practice for all professional staff in Hertfordshire who work with children.
The school’s Designated Senior Leader for child protection is Mrs Tara McGovern and, in her absence, Mrs Charlotte Oram (Deputy Designated Senior Leader). Charlotte Oram is also the school's Pupil Champion/Mentor, who undertakes a number of wellbeing and nurture initiatives for the whole school, small groups and individual pupils.
The school office must be your first point of contact for any matters involving a deviation to your child’s school day. If you know in advance that you will be arriving late, leaving early, have a medical appointment, etc, the office needs to know directly as this is where the school registers are maintained. In the case of a school evacuation, the office should know the exact up-to-date whereabouts of all the children that are on roll at Therfield School. Please do not rely on the class teacher informing the office based on a conversation with you or a comment in the link book. The office will pass on the relevant information to the class teachers.
We are unable to send children home with alternative adults if the school office has not been made aware of this arrangement. If anybody else is collecting your child, including an older sibling, the school must be notified of this in advance. We can only accept this instruction from you, the parent. The best way to do this is to telephone or email the school office, or come and write it on the designated sheet in the entrance hall.. We would appreciate as much notice as possible so that we can ensure that the child and class teacher are made aware of it too. If you have a more regular arrangement for who is collecting your child on set days, or would like to give ongoing permission for a particular adult to be authorised to collect your child(ren) then we need to receive written notice about this. This can be in the form of a letter or email into the office. The safeguarding of all our children is of paramount importance. By informing us of your child’s absence and letting us know of any changes to collection arrangements you can help us to ensure your child’s safety.
All visitors to the school, including parent volunteers, are required to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge at all times.