Merton Park Primary School

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Pupils do exceptionally well at this school, in terms of both their academic and personal development.

Leaders, including governors, are relentless in their ambition to make this school the best it can be.

The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning. They work hard at all times and persevere with tasks that are frequently challenging.

The warm, mutually supportive relationships that staff and pupils have with each other make this a very caring, nurturing school.

Provision in the Early Years is outstanding. Children make rapid and sustained progress due to excellent teaching and imaginative activities.

The curriculum is excellent. It promotes a real love for learning in pupils, as they have many opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills within a real-life context.

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Safeguarding

Merton Park Primary recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and to carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended school activities. All members of the school community will work together to establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to.

The Designated members of staff for Child protection are the Headteacher and Deputy Head.

Both officers have received appropriate training and are responsible for the completion of the required paperwork and ensuring that confidential records are stored securely. It is the responsibility of the designated members of staff to have discussions with Social Care, when concerns arise regarding the safety of a pupil in this school, and to make appropriate referrals using the CASA (Common & Shared Assessment). All such pupils are closely monitored and where extra concerns arise these are passed on to the appropriate agencies.

Designated Governor

Our school has a designated Safeguarding Governor (Fiona Pike) who will act as the link person between the governing body and the designated officers. The governor will review safeguarding procedures & practices.  Where safeguarding concerns arise regarding a member of staff, the governor will liaise with the Chair of Governors.

Staff recruitment

In line with the guidance for Safer Recruitment, the Headteacher and two other governors, have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff, including volunteers who have access to children in our school, have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to commencing work. Details of all appointments/checks are held in a central record.

All staff will be trained to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when a child may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff will be updated in line with guidance (every 2 years) and also form part of new staff induction procedures. 

Parents

This school believes in working closely with parents and in most cases where we have a concern about a pupil, the parents will be informed. The school can signpost and refer to a wide range of support services through the Headteacher and/or Inclusion Manager.

Children

Through assemblies and PSHE lessons, children have a clear understanding of how to keep themselves safe.

Internet safety

Digital Citizenship is an integral part of our school curriculum throughout the year.  Additionally, at the beginning of the academic year, all pupils are formally reminded of how to stay safe and be responsible online.  The school runs regular e-safety workshops for children and parents

(see e-safety guidance page under Parents tab).