Pastoral and Family Support
Hereford Marches Federation of Academies has a pastoral team led by Mrs McColl who is always happy to speak to you regarding any concerns you may have.
From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.
You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in school. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to Mrs Taylor – Deputy Headteacher or your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Mrs McColl directly at Lord Scudamore Academy.
We have a Family Support Worker who can visit you at home if you wish and can offer support with behaviour, routines and boundaries, accessing other services, financial worries, housing concerns etc.
Lastly, we also have our own Education Welfare Officer who is available to support you with all issues regarding attendance. Our aim is to promote good attendance so that children can take advantage of all of the opportunities on offer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about your child’s attendance.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Mrs McColl is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Manager for the federation. All Deputy Heads in the federation schools are also trained to deal with any child protection issues. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McColl should you have a worry or concern regarding a child protection or safeguarding issue.
Designated Safeguarding Lead/Assistant Head – Jan McColl
Canon Pyon Deputy Headteacher – Alison Taylor
Learning Mentor – Becky Millikin
Family Support Worker – Cheryl Ryder
Nuture Group/1:1 Support Worker – Ally Lewis
Education Welfare Officer – Karen Millington
Under the terms of the Children’s Act 1989 teachers have a duty of care for each child and therefore will do what is reasonable to safeguard the child’s welfare. This includes, if necessary, involving other agencies. A full copy of the policy is available in the school office.
The health, safety and well-being of all our children are of paramount importance to all the adults who work in our school. In our school we respect our children and they have a right to be safe. We have an agreed Child Protection Policy and this policy ensures that all staff in our school are clear about the actions necessary with regard to a child protection issue. The Headteacher is the designated member of staff for child protection. If any teacher suspects that a child in his/her class may be a victim of abuse, they immediately inform the designated member of staff about their concerns. Any action the designated member of staff takes when dealing with an issue of child protection is in line with the procedures outlined in the LA Child Protection guidelines. If a child alleges abuse, the school usually makes a referral without communicating with parents first. In some circumstances we inform parents first. We regard all information relating to individual child protection issues as confidential, and we treat this accordingly. We require all adults employed in school and all adults working voluntarily in the school to have their application vetted through the Disclosure procedures in order to ensure there is no evidence of offences involving children or abuse. All adults working in the school have undertaken safeguarding training.
During your child’s life at the school we may wish to take photographs of activities that involve your child. The photographs may be used for displays, publications or on a website, by us, by the Local Authority or by local newspapers. Photography or filming will only take place with the permission of the Headteacher and under appropriate supervision.
When filming or photography is carried out by the news media, home addresses will never be given out. Images that might cause embarrassment or distress will not be used, nor will images associated with material on issues that are sensitive. Before taking any photographs of your child, we need your permission and we ask you to sign and return a consent form each year.
If parents need to contact the school, please call 01432 830334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages will be relayed to children if required. We ask that you contact us in the event of any change to arrangements for collecting your child.
Officially we are not allowed to give children ANY non-prescribed medicine. If your Doctor has prescribed medicine for your child three times a day we feel that your child should not need to take the medicine during school time. If your Doctor has prescribed medicine where the dose is four times a day we understand that children would need to take a dose at lunchtime. We must make it clear, however, that parents are responsible for the administration of medicine to their children. If a child needs a dose of medicine at lunchtime the parent should come to school to administer the medicine. Where this is not feasible then the smallest practicable dose should be brought to the school, preferably by the parent, with a completed M1 form (available from school). The medicine will be kept in a locked cupboard out of reach of pupils. The medicine will, be administered under the supervision of an adult.
Unfortunately we cannot accept responsibility for administering medicines where the timing of its administration is crucial or where some technical knowledge is required or where intimate contact is necessary.
Parents need to make arrangements for pupils who become unwell at school by collecting them and taking them home or to the doctor or hospital. To this end it is vital that we have not only pupils’ home telephone numbers, but parents’ work numbers and other emergency numbers, such as those of relatives. We realise the temptation after your child has been ill to get them back to school as soon as possible, but please make sure your child is completely well and is ready to face the rigours of school life before sending them back. If your child suffers from sickness or diarrhoea parents are required to keep children at home for 48 hours to ensure they are fully recovered.
Parents should ensure that named asthma inhalers and their asthma care plan are in school at all times. Asthma inhalers should not be kept by pupils but given to the school administrator to be placed in the medical area. A care plan should also accompany the child and their inhaler.
We currently have 4 trained first aiders in school. If a child requires first aid we follow the correct procedures outlined in the courses attended by our first aiders, in more serious cases the parent will be contacted. If a child requires first aid for any reason while at school or while on a school trip we record the incident on our accident and injury report.
All pupils are covered by accident insurance whilst in school.