Hilton Primary School is committed to creating and maintaining a happy and safe environment for our children to live, learn and laugh. Please use the links below to find out more about the steps we take to safeguard children and how you can help us to ensure that all of our children thrive.
Our vision is to ‘create a happy school community where all children participate, excel and are proud of their achievements.’ Making sure that everyone in our school community is safe is an essential prerequisite if children are to demonstrate any of the above.
At Hilton Primary School we have a Safeguarding Team, listed below, but also regard seeking to identify and overcome all barriers to learning as an important part of the partnership between school and families. Information about our approach to pastoral support, e-safety and our policies and procedures can be found below.
You can download the Important Safeguarding information for parents and carers booklet and other leaflets and documents, that may be useful, further down this page.
Julia Hart - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kevan Lomas - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads
Staff in school, by law, have a duty to report any concerns that they may have that any child may be suffering significant harm, particularly as a consequence of possible abuse. It is a Department for Education requirement that each school in the country nominates a senior member of staff who will have special responsibility for Child Protection. At Hilton, we have three members of staff who have received advanced safeguarding training.
The school has a policy on Safeguarding, which has been agreed by the Governing Body. We also refer regularly to the Keeping Children Safe in Education document, which highlights important safeguarding information. As a school, we have close contacts with the School Health Service, Children's Services and the Police, any or all of who may become involved if abuse is suspected or alleged.
The school has a responsibility to collate basic information such as who has parental responsibility for a child, and to pass this information to the relevant agencies if so requested. In the event of an investigation into possible child abuse, the school has a duty to cooperate with the investigating agencies to the best of their ability to promote the welfare of the child. Whilst the school will always attempt to work in partnership with parents and carers, and try to ensure that they are fully informed of, and participate in, any action concerning their child, if there is a conflict of interest; the welfare of the child must be the paramount consideration.
School takes very seriously the appointing of new staff and follows the 'Safer Recruitment' advice from the Local Authority. Our staff and volunteers are DBS checked to ensure all our pupils stay safe.
Should you wish to discuss child protection and the safety of your child, or indeed, any other child in school, please feel free to contact the safeguarding team. Please take time to read the leaflet in the link below. Here you will also find our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and the Keeping Children Safe in Education document as well as our Safer Working Practice guidance.
We are very grateful to have a large team of volunteers who help in school on a regular basis, as Swim Patrol, Buddy Readers and general support in the classroom. We really do appreciate all they do; our volunteers make a huge difference on a daily basis. Please find below links to our Volunteer Handbook and our Policy for Supervision of Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please print off the application form below, complete and return to the school office.
There are many ways by which we teach children to stay safe. These include:
PSHCE & BRITISH VALUES
At Hilton, we believe that we will prepare children for the future and raise standards across the curriculum by stimulating children’s imaginations, developing empathy and providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving. This includes promoting British Values. The values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are promoted through the delivery of our curriculum, specific sessions and assemblies to develop children’s social and emotional understanding.
Friendship Buddies (Friendship Patrol in Year 2 and Blue Caps in Year 6) do a great job of encouraging positive friendships and play. We also have an established School Council, giving all children opportunities to have a voice.
Mrs Asquith and Miss Iredale lead our PSHCE curriculum with support from Mrs Patterson, Mrs Stanford and Miss Jones in our School Council work.
At Hilton, we teach the children about e-safety through their computing lessons. This begins with basic skills such as remembering to ask an adult before using the internet in Year 1 and, by Year 6, the children are taught the difference between on-line friends and in-person friends and the kind of chat that is safe to have. Mrs Brooks-Sutton is the teacher responsible for online safety in school.
Information to help keep your child safe online can be found on several websites. The following we have found to be particularly useful:
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website is run by the National Crime Agency. It has links to various websites and information available for all ages of children. In addition, if you wish to report a concern relating to online safety, visit the link below.
Think U Know
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline? This site aims to make online parenting simple!
We take bullying very seriously at Hilton Primary School. This is an area that we are currently developing further and we hope to gain the STOP award by the end of year. The aims of this award are:
To offer schools a structure to develop work around anti-bullying
To remove barriers to learning and enable children to achieve their potential both academic and socially
To ensure that all members of the school understand practices and procedures that help minimise and identify bullying behaviour
To try and eradicate all forms of bullying and anti-social behaviour within the school environment
To celebrate good practise and show all that this school has a zero tolerance to bullying behaviour
We have a Friendship Patrol who are trained to support their peers on the playground.
Whilst Mrs Webb and Mrs Callister take a leading role with our Anti-Bullying work, if you are ever concerned that your child is being bullied, please talk to the class teacher or a senior member of staff.