Child Protection Policy
If you suspect a child is at significant risk of harm or suffering from abuse or neglect, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
The Designated Child Protection Officer/Safeguarding Lead for Reading School is: Ms L Ayres, Assistant Headteacher
The Deputy Designated Officer/Deputy Safeguarding Lead for Reading School is: Mr A Robson, Headmaster
The Deputy Designated Officer/Deputy Safeguarding Lead for Reading School is: Mr P Teixeira, Boarding Housemaster
The Designated Looked After Children Officer for Reading School is: Mr A Robson, Headmaster
The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for Preventing Extremism is: Mr A Robson, Headmaster
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.
Please Click here for the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (September 2019)
Please Click here for the Working together to Safeguard Children guidance (July 2018)
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
To access the Safeguarding Children Policy, please see the Policies section of the website.
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 Singleton Report ‘Keeping our School Safe’, Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE March 2015), Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE September 2016) and Ofsted ‘Inspecting Safeguarding’ briefing 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 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.
Safeguarding and Child Protection for Visitors
To access the Safeguarding and Child Protection booklet for visitors, please Click here.
Safeguarding - Behaviour and Safety Evaluations
To access the evaluation paper on behaviour and safety, please Click here.
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.
Please Click here to access the document 'What every parent needs to know about radicalisation'.
To access the equal opportunities policy and equality objectives, please see the Policies section of the website.
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)
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
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