Keeping safe

cropped-logo-Copy1.jpgAt Holly Park, we take the health and safety of our pupils, staff, parents and other members of the community seriously.

Coronavirus 

Pupils who are unwell with COVID symptoms must not attend school

Families  must follow the guidance and self-isolation protocols set out by the government, including the length of isolation and any quarantine regulations related to returning from abroad before the start of the new school year and following any school holiday period.
Managing any possible cases of COVID during the school day
  • The school will follow protocols to deal with any suspected cases of COVID.
  • The pupil will be isolated and parents contacted to request that they are collected urgently.
  • The School must be kept informed as promptly as possible of any suspected cases.
All pupils, staff and other adults should do the following:
  • Not come into school if they have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive in the last seven days (please contact the School in the usual way to report any absence).
  • Book a test if they are displaying symptoms of coronavirus infection. Please inform the School immediately of the results of a test.
  • In the event that they test positive for coronavirus, or if asked by NHS Test and Trace, to provide details of anyone in the School community they have been in close contact with.
  • It is important for parents and staff to inform the School immediately of any test result.

Here is the latest advice from the government.

Schools are responsible for day-to-day health and safety whenever a child is in the care of school staff – this includes school trips and clubs.

Every school has a health and safety policy.

Safe at SHolly Park 013At Holly Park in our parent and pupil questionnaires we ask our stakeholders what they think about health and safety at the school.

Governors discuss health and safety at governor Premises meetings and at Staffing and Pupil Welfare meetings.

At Holly Park we talk to the School Council regularly about health and safety.

At Holly Park we update our school risk assessments annually.

We also do an internal health and safety audit annually.

Keeping safe involves many areas:

  • Safeguarding
  • Online safety
  • First Aid
  • Site Security
  • Attendance
  • Recruitment of Staff
  • Visitors and volunteers
  • Behaviour/Anti Bullying
  • Positive Handling
  • Photographing and Videoing
  • Whistleblowing
  • Personal care
  • Trips and Visits
  • Transport
  • Home Visits
  • Managing Critical Incidents

All of these areas are covered in our health and safety policy, our safeguarding policy and many have a policy of their own.

Mini Mentors

Mini Mentors are Children from Y5 who are trained to help children in school to:
  • Make friends
  • Resolve low level conflicts
  • Have more enjoyable playtimes
  • ​​​Be kind to each other​​
  • To create a safe positive enviroment ​
The Mini Mentors have been running successfully ay Holly Park for several years now and have helped children to sort out problems using the Restorative approach. This approach helps children to take responsibility for their own actions, developing the skills to problem solve , repair harm and avoid repetition of the same behaviours.
Each year children who want to become a Mini Mentor complete an application form and attend training. These sessions will equip them with the sikills  they need to be a Mini Mentor. 
The children take full ownership of running the Mini Mentor programme but it is overseen by Mrs Puzey who will pick up any problems the Mini Mentors are unable  to deal with.

Safety To And From School

Following on from Be Bright Be Seen Day and as the nights are drawing in please do talk to your child at an age appropriate level about the need to be more alert and follow the staying safe and stranger danger rules. This is especially important for any child travelling alone.

Nine ways to be safe while walking to school

  1. Look both ways and use zebra crossings.
  2. Never assume drivers can see you. Be alert and make eye contact with the driver.
  3. Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  4. Eyes up, phones down.
  5. Walk in a group.
  6. Walk on pavements or paths.
  7. Cross with an adult.
  8. Be a good role model.
  9. Be visible. Stranger danger
  • Never stop to talk to anyone on the way to school or going home from school.
  • Ignore any drivers who might slow down to speak to you.
  • Never accept a ride from anyone that is not expected to take you home
  • Always tell a trusted adult if something has happened that upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable.

First Aid

It will be compulsory for primary schools to teach some sort of First Aid from September 2020. Getting ahead of the game we have bought sessions for all classes from Reception to Y6 from a company that were recommended to us called Mini First Aid. Classes meet the new 2020 UK National Curriculum Requirements.