Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”


The school develops an ethos where children feel secure, that their viewpoints are valued and that they are encouraged to talk and are listened to.


The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all adults who work at the 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 Vicki O’Brien


All but one of the school gates are locked at all times. As there is a public footpath running through the school grounds we have to provide access so we,therefore,ask parents/carers and all visitors to help keep our children safe by remembering to ensure the gate is closed and bolted when entering and leaving the playground.


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 come and write it on the designated sheet in the entrance hall. If you are unable to come in to do this in person, you can ring or email the office. 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.