Policies

Accessibility

At Overchurch Infant School we are committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.

We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

Please find below our Accessibility Plan:

 Equality and Accessibility 2017-21

Admissions

Please find below Wirral’s Admission Policy:

 Wirral’s Admission Policy

Admission details specific to Overchurch Infant School are detailed on page 78 under ‘Wirral Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary School Admission Policy’.

You can apply for a FS2 place online here.

Application forms for FS1 (Nursery) will be available from Monday 5th November. For more information please contact the office.

Anti-bullying

The Governors at Overchurch Infant School have agreed a clear set of principles upon which they have based their Anti-bullying Policy. This policy is linked to our whole school behaviours policy and together they support the staff in upholding these principles.

Bullying is a complex issue and each case is looked at on an individual basis. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach but the following information is intended as a guide to clarify the actions taken if an incident of bullying is reported.

Behaviour

At Overchurch Infant School we are proud of the way our children behave. They care for other and know that they are expected to make the right choices in order that school is a calm and happy place to be.

The purpose of the policy attached below is to outline the strategies we use for managing behaviour and discipline. The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all teaching and support staff. It is important that all staff, children and parents work together in order to support the Positive Ethos of our school. Exceptions to the use of this policy will apply for any instances of bullying or dangerous behaviour when parents will be immediately informed.

Charging and Remissions

Here is a charging policy:

Complaints

Most complaints are settled quickly and informally at school level. Any concerns should be addressed in the first instance to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors at the school.

The complaints procedure exists for those parents who wish to pursue a complaint through more formal channels. A copy of the complaints procedure is available from the school directly or from the Education department, public libraries and public information offices.

Safeguarding

At Overchurch Infant School our priority is to ensure all children in our care are protected from harm and abuse in a safe, secure environment.

The welfare of our children is paramount.

We set clear priorities for safeguarding and have clear lines of responsibility and accountability for all aspects fulfilling our statutory requirements at all times.

All staff are familiar and updated with safeguarding policies and procedures, and we endeavour to maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are listened to. We achieve this through our policies, procedures, pastoral care, circle time, relationships and partnerships with other agencies.

Through the curriculum, opportunities are created to equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm.

In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Safeguarding Procedures and inform Social Services of their concerns.

 Overchurch Safeguarding Statement

Prevent Statement

On 1 July 2015, the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force. This duty places the responsibility on local authorities and schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Overchurch Infant School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils. As a school, we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability.

All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that children should be given the opportunity to explore diversity and understand Britain as a multi-cultural society; everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy.