Safeguarding is everybody’s business.
Ashbourne Hilltop School is fully committed to making sure children are safe, both at school and at home. We have an environment where children feel safe; where children, parents/carers and staff can talk about any safeguarding concerns, knowing they will be listened to.
The school follows the advice provided by statutory bodies, agencies and authorities, for example the Derbyshire Safeguarding Childrens Board and the Local Authority. We are registered to receive safeguarding updates, ensuring we stay aware of current trends and issues. We work alongside supporting agencies in a number of ways. They may provide us with advice, they can work direct with parents/carers and they can support us with resources and lessons, for example local police doing road safety lessons, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School inviting our parents to online safety evenings.
The school site is safe and secure with access to the school building being controlled. School staff and governors are aware of the importance of safeguarding, not just in being alert and raising concerns but also in teaching the children how to stay safe and be considerate of others. We use our website to provide easy access to further information for parents/carers, for example ‘Educate Against Hate’ and the Prevent strategy.
Safeguarding training for staff and governors is ongoing and covers a range of topics from general safeguarding to female genital mutilation (FGM) and extremism.
Please approach us if you have any concerns or questions that relate to safeguarding.
The schools Designated Safeguarding Lead is the Head Teacher, Mrs Hazel Jaques. She is supported by her Assistant Head, Mrs Sally Smith and our Child & Family Support Worker (C&FSW), Mr Ian Cooper.
Remember – Safeguarding is everybody's business.
What have we been doing……
October 2017 - Following an approach from the school, Derbyshire County Council have agreed to repaint the zigzag 'No Parking' markings outside school. They have also agreed to remove the Bus Bay markings in the Wyaston Road layby (there is no longer a school bus) and replace them with 'Disabled Parking' markings. This is aimed at helping the parents of children attending the ERS.
September 2017 - Letter sent to parents promoting good attendance and encouraging positive attitude towards school. Whole school staff safeguarding training booked for a future INSET Day. Review of the schools behaviour policy involving all stakeholders.
July 2017 - Representatives attended attended Graded Care Profile training.
June 2017 - Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor attended Governor Safeguarding Training. Mrs Jaques delivered an assembly on safety around building sites.
May 2017 - Whole school face-to-face safeguarding training booked, led by recommended trainer and focusing on online safety.
April 2017 - 'Attendance Facts' placed on points of entry into school. Positive information passed to parents, encouraging continued good attendance.
March 2017 - Mr Cooper attended School Safeguarding Designated Leads Forum and information shared with Head Teacher and all Governors. After concerns raised over inconsiderate parking, DCC have been asked to repaint the No Parking School Zig-Zags and Bus Bay outside the school. Parents have been reminded to park considerately and been informed that Police have been made aware.
January 2017 - Mr Cooper and three Governors undertook training on 'Bringing Prevent to the Public Space'. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service held a Fire Safety assembly for Years 1 and 2. Mrs Jaques also held a assembly on Safe Places and Safe People.
November 2016 - Mrs Jaques held an assembly on friendship, to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week.
October 2016 - Hilltop parents invited to attend Online Safety Information Evening - held at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School - led by Mr Illsley (QEGS Online Safety Coordinator & CEOP Ambassador)