Safeguarding is described by the Department of Education in the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2016) as,protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.’  At The Vine, we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. Our staff are in a position to identify any pupil welfare concerns and have a responsibility to take appropriate action.

At The Vine School we provide a safe environment in which children can learn and grow.  Pupils are taught about how to keep themselves safe in school, at home and when they are out and about, including when they are online, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. This includes personal, social health and economic education (PSHE), and sex and relationship education (SRE). We have developed strong professional partnerships with social care, the police, health services, and others and together we work to promote the welfare of children as part of the wider safeguarding community.

Ali Cooper is the designated lead for safeguarding alongside Lee Faris, Wendy Lee and Helen Bransbury, who are also trained as designated child protection personnel. All Vine School staff and volunteer helpers receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition members of our wider school community are encouraged to share any concerns they have for pupils of The Vine School by speaking to Ali Cooper, the designated lead for safeguarding, or by completing a log of concern form. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children and we encourage all members of The Vine School to take this role seriously.

We are vigilant about e-safety issues and children are taught how to keep themsleves safe in the virtual world. Incidents involving technology are thoroughly investigated and, when relevant, reported to other agencies.

We take a lot of care to listen to our children and to understand their concerns and worries, for example, we have a 'worry basket' so they can share any concerns.  At lunchtimes there are plenty of adults available to supervise play - we offer adult-led activities including sports, cheerleading and den building and Y6 pupils lead games sessions for younger pupils.  When the weather is fine pupils are allowed to play in the wooded areas around the school field and they have a lot of fun creating dens, make-believe barbecues and 'secret' meeting places. 

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The Grapevine

After School Club

from 7.45am until 6pm

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The Vines,
Upper Cambourne,
Cambs. CB23 6DY

Tel: 01954 719630

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Head Teacher:
Mr Lee Faris
Mrs Alison Cooper

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