- Key Information
- Safety and Support
- Statutory Information
Pastoral and Family Support
Hereford Marches Federation of Academies has a pastoral team led by Mrs McColl who is always happy to speak to you regarding any concerns you may have.
From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.
You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in school. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to the Ms Newton or your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Mrs McColl directly at Lord Scudamore Academy.
We have a Family Support Worker who can visit you at home if you wish and can offer support with behaviour, routines and boundaries, accessing other services, financial worries, housing concerns etc.
Lastly, we also have our own Education Welfare Officer who is available to support you with all issues regarding attendance. Our aim is to promote good attendance so that children can take advantage of all of the opportunities on offer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about your child’s attendance.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Mrs McColl is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Manager for the federation. All Deputy Heads in the federation schools are also trained to deal with any child protection issues. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McColl should you have a worry or concern regarding a child protection or safeguarding issue.
Designated Safeguarding Lead/Assistant Head – Jan McColl
Learning Mentor – Becky Millikin
Family Support Worker – Cheryl Ryder
Nuture Group/1:1 Support Worker – Ally Lewis
Education Welfare Officer – Karen Millington
Our most serious responsibility is to keep children safe from harm when they are in our care. All visitors including parents must report to the main office before coming into school.
Accidents in School
Within our team we have a trained first aiders who can treat minor injuries. If we are seriously concerned about your child in any way, we will contact you and may ask you to collect them from school or we call 999 if immediate medical attention is required. Whenever there is an accident, we consider whether it could have been avoided and whether anything can be done to prevent it happening again.
Medicine in School
The school will assist pupils who need medication during school hours, particularly where this will help a child maintain regular attendance. Parents or carers will need to complete a form at the school office for this assistance to take place. However, the following points should be noted:
• Where medicine needs to be administered three times per day, this should be done out of school hours.
• In the instance where medicine needs to be administered more frequently, it will only be undertaken upon receipt of a written request from the parent, which must also indicate the prescribed dose. The school must be satisfied that the medicine or tablets/capsules have been prescribed by a doctor. All medicine should be handed into the school office where it should be signed in and signed out, but no member of staff can be directed to administer medicine.
Parents/carers are requested to inform the Head teachers or Deputy Head teacher of any relevant medical history that may affect the child’s general development or performance in school. If a child becomes ill or has an accident at school, parents/carers will be contacted so that arrangements can be made for getting the child home or for seeking medical attention, should this be necessary.
School Premises, Security and Safety
The premises sub-committee of the governing body meets regularly to discuss on-going maintenance, repairs and development of the school building. Health & Safety Audits of the School building and grounds are carried out on a regular basis.
In line with Council policy and in the interests of pupil safety, we ask people to refrain from bringing dogs onto the school site. The school also operates a non-smoking policy. For child protection and fire safety purposes, the school has a visitors’ book, situated at the school entrance to record all those people visiting the site.
In order that parents can easily be contacted, we request that they inform the school office if telephone contact numbers or address details change. We would also request that the class teacher be informed if the arrangements for collection of pupils will be different from the usual stated routine.
Pastoral Care & Child Protection
Members of staff are responsible for the well-being of the child during the school day, as the parent or carer is at all other times. Our designated Child Protection Officer and Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager is Mrs Jan McColl and Mrs Karen Millington is our Education Welfare Officer. Regular discussions between all staff and parents or carers are encouraged, to ensure as full and accurate a picture as possible of all aspects of the children’s pastoral care.