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Safeguarding

The Designated Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead for Reading School is: 
Ms Lizzie Ayres Assistant Headteacher

The Deputy Designated Officer/Deputy Safeguarding Leads for Reading School are:

Mr D Singh Community Services Manager
Mr P Stromdale Head of Physics
Mr D McGall Assistant Headmaster

The Deputy Designated Officer/Deputy Safeguarding Lead for Reading School (Boarding) is:
Mr A Lloyd, South House Boarding Housemaster and Head of Sixth Form

The Designated Looked After Children Officer for Reading School is: 
Mr T P Evans Assistant Headmaster

The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Preventing Extremism is: 
Dr C. J Evans Deputy Headmaster

At Reading School, we strive to build a culture of safeguarding to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our students and staff. Our pastoral team work exceptionally well to provide a supportive and caring level of care. Students and staff are regularly reminded of how to raise concerns and which members of our safeguarding team to report to.

Should you have a concern about a student at Reading School, please email the safeguarding team safeguarding@reading-school.co.uk

Student Flowchart for raising concerns, including Signposting for Support

If you are concerned about yourself or another student, please follow the guidance in the Safeguarding Student flowchart attachment below.

 

Child Protection Policy

To access the Child Protection Policy, please see the Policies section of the website.

 For the current DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education document see below.

 

Government Guidance

Please click here  for the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance
(September 2021)

Please click here  for the Working together to Safeguard Children guidance
(July 2018)

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Promoting British Values

To access the report on promoting British Values at Reading School, please Click here.

To access a guide to British Values at Reading School, please Click here.

 

Safeguarding and Promoting Welfare

The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Preventing Extremism is: 
Dr C. J Evans Deputy Headmaster

The Headmaster and governors of Reading School are aware of their responsibility for appointing appropriate teaching and associate staff, ensuring that all staff have the health and qualifications for the post and are proper and fit persons to be in charge of children and young people. 

Reading School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  To assist in this, the school follows a formal recruitment procedure for the employment of all staff and adheres to the guidelines outlined in the school’s Child Protection Policy, the recommendations of the Working Together to Safeguard Children, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 and Ofsted documentation.

We believe that all pupils, regardless of age, special needs or disability, racial/cultural heritage, religious belief and sexual orientation have the right to protection from all types of harm and abuse.  This policy will operate in conjunction with other related policies and procedures, such as whole school policies on Bullying and Equal Opportunities.

Our approach to child protection is based on, and reflects the current principles recognised in UK legislation, including those around maintaining confidentiality and reporting concerns about pupils likely to suffer significant harm to the child protection agencies. 

We encourage the students in our care both day and boarding to raise any concerns that they might have and ensure that these are taken seriously.

We are committed to working in partnership with parents; child protection agencies and diverse communities, to continuously develop and improve the safeguarding culture within our school.

Our robust approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils aims to help keep pupils safe and importantly equip them to tackle the challenges and opportunities of daily life with renewed confidence and vigour.

All staff are committed to a culture of safeguarding that seeks to protect pupils, staff and volunteers. This includes ensuring that safeguarding is considered a key element in all our practices and protocols including in a remote learning/continuous learning environment and working from home. It is our shared responsibility and our shared commitment to promote the safety and welfare of all who study in and work for Reading School.

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Visitors

To access the Safeguarding and Child Protection booklet for visitors see below attachment.

Student Behaviour Policy

To access the student behaviour policy, see the Policies section of this website.

To access the statement of principles for promoting good behaviour, see the Policies section of this website.

Preventing Radicalisation

Please Click here to access the document 'What every parent needs to know about radicalisation'.

Equal Opportunities

To access the equal opportunities policy and equality objectives, please see the Policies section of the website.

Recruitment

To access the Safer Recruitment Policy, see the Policies section of this website.

To access the Reading School's Staff Recruitment Guidance, please Click here.

Safeguarding during remote learning (Covid-19 Measures)

Staff support:

Pupils support:

Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

Please find links to documents below:

Remote safeguarding for Students

Remote safeguarding for Parents