Crosland Moor Junior School Head Teacher Personal Statement

Safeguarding in Education

Safeguarding Officers for Schools and Learning

The Safeguarding Schools Officer supports schools and all education establishments to ensure they are compliant with government guidance in respect of safeguarding responsibilities and training requirements, the officer provides advice and consultation on safeguarding issues, and facilitates where necessary liaising with social care.  Contact details are: 

This position is currently vacant.

Please contact the Safeguarding in Education Team via:

Email: attendance.pupilsupport@kirklees.gov.uk

Phone: 01484 221 919

Once this position has been filled this page will be updated.

 

Schools Safeguarding Audit 2017

The annual schools safeguarding audit for 2017 is now ready for your use and completion. The audit has been allocated direct to your head teacher email address and cannot be accessed from this email.

The audit template fulfils the requirements of Sec 175 / Sec 157 of the Education Act 2002 and the Safeguarding requirements of Ofsted’s “Framework for School Inspection” carried out under Sec 5 of the Education Act 2005. (All aspects of Sec 11 of the Children Act 2004 are addressed within this template).

Survey Monkey – Out  Enable Audit - In

The "Enable" audit is designed to be a "living" document and a tool to assist schools in achieving best practice in respect of your current safeguarding provision. The audit has been designed for schools to self-assess their safeguarding competence and to be used as a baseline for action planning when areas of weakness are identified.

You will note that the initial Pie chart has a number of segments. Each relate to an area of safeguarding business, for example "safer recruitment". Each segment area is subdivided into separate questions each of which require an answer. A fully positive answer will generate a green colour for that particular question (Grade 3). A fully negative answer will generate a red colour. (Grade 1). An amber colour (Grade 2) will indicate answers where you can claim partial compliance at that time and working towards full compliance.

The audit is designed to be intuitive, in so far as each question contains information in the "Description" field to show you the standard required to secure full compliance on that particular question.

The audit is a "Living" document to be used throughout the year as a monitoring tool to assist you with generating focused actions to improve the safeguarding provision in your school or college.

Statistics for use by the LA will be generated from the current state of your audit submission in December 2017 and April 2018 and the audit with self-generate a reminder that this will take place a week prior to the date the capture takes place.

Remember this is YOUR safeguarding audit which has been set up to provide you with a great opportunity to showcase your safeguarding provision to governors or any internal/external inspection as well as meeting Sec 175 / Sec 157 of the Education Act 2002 and the Safeguarding requirements of Ofsted’s “Framework for School Inspection” carried out under Sec 5 of the Education Act 2005.

The following are questions with answers that you may find useful:

  • My audit is allocated to my school head teacher email address. How do I allow other colleagues to access and update/populate the audit

Other colleagues can self-register their own email address on the Enable site by following this link  https://kirkleesscb.vc-enable.co.uk/register  The link will allow them to provide their details including email address and what will follow is a full list of all Kirklees Schools. Simply tick the box for your particular school and submit the request. Once authorised by an administrator, the colleague will receive an email confirming they can log in. It will also provide an initial log in password that can be changed by the individual user.

Your initial screen after log in will show Audits, Messages and Groups. Select Audits. You will be taken to the front summary screen of your audit. You will see a grey coloured Pie chart. Each and every segment in the chart relates to one individual question. Each of the ten slices relates to an area of safeguarding. As you complete the questions the summary pie chart will start to change colour.

  • So I am in a question and I have selected an answer. What next.

Select the status of your question. Either “in progress” or “complete”. Then simply select “Save”

  • It would be great if I could record evidence to support my answer.

Each question has been set up to allow the user to record evidence prior to saving the answer. This is not compulsory but is an optional feature that you may consider really useful in assessing your safeguarding provision.

  • I have some files that I can upload to support my response to the question

Some questions have been identified where it would be reasonable for school to have documentary evidence about their safeguarding provision. Where this is the case the question has been shaped to allow a further response for you to select and upload any file from your computer.

  • Can I assign particular questions to different colleagues to complete

Yes. Simply go to the individual question and it will offer you an option to assign. When you click on the drop down arrow names of colleagues who have self-registered against your school audit can be selected. They will receive an email directing them to the question concerned

  • Going back to the summary screen I note that the pie chart has some segments that remain grey.

The segments that remain grey even after you have completed them relate to questions that collect data such as the name of your school / DSL etc.

  • What does the “Progress” tab do on the summary screen

The progress tab resets the colours on the pie chart to show which questions are complete, which are in progress and which have not been started

  • Can I produce a report from this system

Yes. Select the “report” tab on the summary screen. It will allow you to create either a summary report or a more detailed master report. It can be created in either PDF or Word document format and the report will simply be emailed to your log in email address.

In short No. We have designed this to be a living document that you can populate and update throughout the year in order to track improvements in your safeguarding provision. That said, we will send you an email reminder the week prior to the end of the term in December and the end of March 2018 stating that we will be collecting summary data to meet the requirements of the Education Acts mentioned above.  

I do hope you will find the audit far more useful to you than in previous years. Please make the very most of it. 


West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Children Procedures

These are the multi-agency procedures to be followed by all agencies working with children and families in Kirklees.  The procedures encourage close working blitate early intervention in a supportive way to meet the needs of children and their families. The procedures are available in electronic format only and can be accessed on the following link: Safeguarding Children Procedures.  


Childline School Service

 Talking to children. keeping them safe - Childline School Service Leaflet

Posted on 18/02/2014


Safeguarding Training 

Safeguarding in Schools Service 2017/18

FAO Head teachers, Business managers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals, from September 2017, the Kirklees Safeguarding in Schools service will become a traded service. 
 
To receive ongoing support and the recommended training that your school requires, prices have been calculated at a cost of 25p per pupil per annum in your school (including Nursery and Sixth Form and based on October 2016 census).  Course costs are additional as follows:
 
In line with recommendations of HM Government guidance document - Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016, the School Safeguarding Officer will provide the following:
 
Training
-       Face to face Basic Awareness in Child Safeguarding training to ensure all your staff meet the required guidelines
o   Course size up to 50 delegates   - £250
o   Course size up to 100 delegates - £400
-       Roles & Responsibilities of the DSL (full day course) -  £80 per delegate
-       DSL Refresher Course – (half day update course)   -    £40 per delegate
-       Access to centrally held course training certificates (no additional cost)
 
Specialist Advice (as part of 25p per pupil)
-       Provision of safeguarding updates (national and local authority) to head teachers and Designated Safeguarding Lead professionals
-       Attendance at Head Teacher Forums and Designated Safeguarding Lead Forums
-       Telephone and face to face consultation as required (between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
-       Monitored email support at schoolsafeguardingofficer@kirklees.gov.uk  (for non-urgent advice between 9 am and 5 pm Mon- Fri)
-       Administration of the annual Schools Safeguarding Audit.
 
If your school would prefer not to buy in to this service, access to courses would be charged at the following rates:
 
1.    Basic Awareness up to 50 attendees (minimum 20 attendees)      -  £350
2.    Basic Awareness above 50 attendees (maximum 100 attendees) -  £550
3.    Roles and Responsibilities Course (full day course)  -  £105 per delegate
4.    DSL Refresher Course (half day update course)        -  £60 per delegate
 
In addition, schools may wish to buy a bespoke School Safeguarding Review (approximately 3-4 hours) completed in school which includes a tailored report.
Costs for this service are as follows:
 
Trading Primary Schools:                    £150
Non trading Primary Schools:             £200
 
Trading High Schools:                         £300
Non trading High Schools:                  £400
 
Please email attendance.pupilsupport@kirklees.gov.uk to indicate your wish or otherwise to purchase this service, or with questions you may have. 


Head of the Virtual School

The council has successfully recruited its first Head Teacher of the Virtual School. This is a new post in line with changing legislation and we have appointed Janet Tolley, who has great experience as an educational leader in the Kirklees area.

Janet will be joining the Local Authority from Almondbury Community School, where she was transitional head after the formation of the school earlier this year. Janet led Almondbury on its challenging journey towards becoming an all-through school, for children aged 3 to 16, by bringing together an infant and nursery school, a junior school and a high school.

Janet’s new role will be to oversee the educational needs of Looked After Children including attainment, attendance and out of hours learning. She will be in post from November 3rd.

Janet Tolley: 01484 221000

Posted on 17/10/2014

Information for Designated Safeguarding Leads

The information in this section is recommended for those in the DSL role to help ensure that schools are fulfilling their safeguarding reponsibilities. 

Essential training - Roles and Responsiblities of the DSL

  • Wednesday 20th September 2017       09.00 - 15.45    Venue:  Hollybank School, Mirfield
  • Tuesday 17th October 2017                 09.00 - 15.45    Venue:  Hollybank School, Mirfield
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017             09:00 - 15:45    Venue:  Hollybank School, Mirfield
  • Tuesday 12th December 2017             09:00 - 15:45    Venue:  Hollybank School, Mirfield

 DSL Refresher courses:

  • Thursday 14th September 2017          09.30 - 12.30    Venue:  Deighton Arena, Huddersfield
  • Thursday 12th October 2017               09:30 - 12:30    Venue:  Deighton Arena, Huddersfield
  • Thursday 9th November 2017             09:30 - 12:30    Venue: Deighton Arena, Huddersfield
  • Thursday 14th December 2017           09:30 - 12:30    Venue: Deighton Arena, Huddersfield

To apply for the courses above click here

Safeguarding Policy

School Safeguarding Model Policy 2017/18 - this is a model policy document for safeguarding work in schools. 

Updated on 21/11/2017

Continuum of Need Response Framework

The Kirklees Children’s Continuum of Need and Response (CoNR) Framework is the local model to assist all those whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families to identify the level of help and protection required to assist children to grow up in circumstances that achieve their best outcomes.

This document outlines some of the most common indicators of need and risk that practitioners will come across in their work with families, and provides a multi-level framework for practitioners to use in responding with service provision and ensuring both need and risk reduce.

Children Missing Education
Process for identifying children missing from education

NSPCC - Organising safe sporting events in schools

The NSPCC has published a briefing on organising safe sporting events in schools. It aims to help schools meet their responsibility to keep children safe during sports activities and ensure that people providing sports activities for children are suitable to do so. Key considerations for planning a safe event include: drawing up and implementing an event safeguarding plan in consultation with the other organisations involved; drawing up a code of conduct for staff, volunteers, coaches, venue staff and children; following safe recruitment procedures if non-school staff are involved. Information is also included about: visiting other premises for a sporting event; using external coaches for sports activities; using volunteers as coaches; use of school sports facilities by the wider community. For further information, click here.

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Online Safety

Online Safety Policy for Schools 2017

The Online Safety Working Party have developed an Online Safety alert form (for use by Kirklees staff working with children and young people). This will allow any current online safety issues to be shared throughout Kirklees. Click here to access the form. Updated

Who are you really talking to

Digital Banner - download and share

A4 Poster Boy - this happens to boys too
A4 Poster Girl 

    

Acceptable Use Policies for the following (Updated on 26/10/2017):

The UK Safer Internet Centre runs a helpline that professionals can call for advice on digitial and online issues, and display materials are also available.  
 
Online Safety posters for display in schools
KSCB has produced a range of awareness raising posters that can be downloaded and displayed in school classrooms:

Do you really know who you’re talking to online? 
Don’t let the cyber-bullies get to you
What are you saying about yourself online?
Do you know the true cost of what you’re downloading online?
Do you really know what your children are viewing on line?

Online Safety First Responders’ Guide - Wallet cards and posters
KSCB has developed First Responders' guidance, flow chart and wallet cards for anyone working with children with information about what to do in the event of an online safety incident.  Wallet cards should be requested from the KSCB office, telephone 01484 225161 or email KSCB.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk - a card should be given to all staff, support staff and volunteers. Posters (A3 size) can be downloaded here for display in school.

MinecraftAdvice to parents

Pokemon Go- A parents guide - Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokemon Go.

Updated: 20/01/2016

Video resources

Lucy and the Boy- short animated video highlighting the risks of sharing personal information with strangers online. This video can be accessed here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwcL-VP3FYc

I Saw Your Willy- short video, using an example of a boy that shares a picture of his willy, to show the dangers of sharing private images and how quickly such pictures can spread. This video can be accessed here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sch_WMjd6go&list=PL552176499A0ECFC3

Online resources

NSPCC - Share Awareguide- a guide produced to empower parents to keep their children safe online. It includes conversation starters to help parents discuss online safety and advice on what to do if things go wrong online. For printed versions of this resource, please see below on additional resources http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/share-aware.pdf

NSPCC - a short video for young people entitled “How do I know if I’m being groomed.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN3bFc-GBTI

NetAware- a comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features.  http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Talking to your child about staying safe online- advice and tips on how to have effective conversations with your children about an array of online topics, including cyberbullying, online porn, and sharing images and information.  http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/

Parental controls- information on how parental controls can be used to help keep children safe online. Discusses the benefits of parental controls and gives practical advice on how to put them in place. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/

Sexting: advice for parents- information from the NSPCC, explaining what sexting is, what the risks are, and how to talk to your child about the issues. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/

Online porn- conversation starters for parents to help them discuss online porn with their children.  http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-porn/

Pants Resource - NSPCC Guide to schools, parents and carers

ChildLine resources

Staying safe online- a ChildLine page offering tips to young people on online safety. Includes information on posting online, online communities, and online bullying. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/staying-safe-online.aspx

Online grooming- anadvice page, looking at what online grooming is, how it happens, and what you can do to keep yourself safe. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Online-grooming.aspx

Sexting- information on what sexting is, what the risks are, and what you can do if someone sends you a picture or asks for one. https://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Sexting.aspx

Mobile phone safety- an advice page, focusing on how to use your phone safely. It covers what you should do if you are being bullied through your mobile or being pressured to share your phone number. http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/MobileSafety.aspx

Online gaming- ChildLine content, giving advice on how to stay safe when gaming. It discusses voice chat, online bullying, and how to keep a record of abusive messages.  http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/OnlineGaming.aspx

Online porn- fact page, discussing what porn is, whether it’s normal to look at porn, and how porn makes you feel. It also gives advice on what you can do if you feel under pressure after watching porn, have been caught watching porn, or are concerned that you are watching too much porn.  http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/Online-porn.aspx

Zipit- ChildLine’s first ever app, designed to help young people stay in control if they are asked to send a naked picture of themselves. It provides witty comebacks and pictures which enable young people to diffuse the situation and stay safe. It is free to download and available on Android, Blackberry and Apple smartphones.  https://www.childline.org.uk/Play/GetInvolved/Pages/sexting-zipit-app.aspx

Professionals Online Safety Helpline 0844 381 4772 - helpline@saferinternet.org.uk

Do you have a cyberbullying or digital safety concern?

The UK Safer Internet Centre has been funded by the European Commission to provide a Helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK, specifically tackling the area of online safety. The Helpline provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues such as social networking sites, cyber-bullying, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. The Helpline aims to resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation, as well as young people in relation to online safety.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Helpline can be emailed at any time, and these will be responded to during their normal working hours.

Find out more by visiting the Helpline section of the UK Safer Internet Centres website

Additional resources

We have joined forces with 02 to provide parents with the skills and knowledge that they need to keep their children safe online. As part of the partnership, we are delivering the following initiatives, which we are happy for you to link to on your website. 

O2 NSPCC online safety helpline- parents are able to call the helpline for advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more. They can access the helpline for free by ringing 0808 800 5002 or can find more information here- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/

Parent workshops- from January 2016, we will be working with 02 to provide parent online safety workshops across the UK. Parents or organisations including schools or businesses can register their interest and request for workshops to be held in their area on the NSPCC website- http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/online-safety-workshop-sign-up/.

Share Aware parent leaflets – If you require hard copies of our Share Aware leaflets you will be able to order small quantities (Up to 50) by contacting help@nspcc.org.uk. If you would be interested in ordering large numbers at a cost price, please contact campaigns@nspcc.org.uk 

Teaching materials- resources based on the NSPCC animations ‘I saw your willy’ and ‘Lucy and the Boy’, will be available for teachers from November 2015. They will support teachers to deliver online safety lessons to children aged 8-12 and will be available here-  http://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/working-with-schools/ 

For information on Online Messaging Platformsclick here.

There is a new package of support and advice to parents and school professionals who identify causes for concern around many safeguarding issues including online risk taking behaviour. Please click here to access the package.


 

SEXTING IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety  (UKCCIS) has just released latest guidance for schools and colleges on the growing issue of Sexting and its implications for pupils and students.

It makes interesting reading and provides excellent advice to schools including the actions likely to be implemented by the police in the event of a sexting matter being reported to them.

This document has the backing of HM Government, the DfE and all leading child safeguarding professional bodies.

Please click here to access the guidance.

CSE

Child Sexual Exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity seemingly 'consensual' relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes through to very serious organised crimes.

Resources for schools to raise awareness -
YouTube: Jay
My story is real
When someone cares about you

A4 Poster Boy - this happens to boys too
A4 Poster Girl

  

Who are you really talking to YouTube Clip

Barnardos Spot the Signs -
Children
Parents
Professionals

Different models of CSE -
Models of CSE

Workbooks

Friend or Foe
Exploited - CEOP Pack
                  CEOP DVD

PACE - Support to parents Pace believes parents should be valued as key partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation.

BLAST Project- This is a specialist CSE service for boys and young men
Tel: 0113 2444209 / 07921 372 896 / 07407 761 569   blast@mesmac.co.uk

If you have concerns this may be happening in your school please go to the Information for Professionals section (CSE) and follow the guidance.

If you require any further information - Contact:  Joanne Simpson, CSE Co-ordinator for Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Tel:  01484 225804 Mobile:  07816 956670 Email:  joanne.simpson@kirklees.gov.uk

 


 Mental Health – Support for Schools and Parents

 Mental Health Foundation: The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/Truth about self harm WEB FINAL.pdf

Young Minds
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/whats_worrying_you_about_your_child/self-harm

Northamptonshire Mental Health Gateway
http://www.asknormen.co.uk/modules/downloads/download.php?file_name=193 

National Children’s Bureau -  A whole school framework for emotional well being and mental health:

https://www.ncb.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/Policy_docs/Briefings/NCB School Well Being Framework Leaders Tool FINAL.pdf


 Safeguarding Information for Governors

Governor Briefing

Tackling bullying in schools: a governor’s guide - Anti-bullying Alliance January 2011   This guide addresses the key issues and challenges that are relevant for governors.  It provides advice, questions to ask head teachers, top tips and details of further resources.

Child Sexual Exploitation
Governors may be aware of wide press coverage in recent months which has detailed criminal trials in relation to child sexual exploitation.  The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board wants to ensure that Kirklees has a strategic response to sexual exploitation in order to safeguarding our children and young people.  Schools have a part to play in keeping children safe and sexual exploitation is child abuse which may remain hidden because people are not always able to identify it as abuse.  We need to make sure that our children and young people are made aware of what form this exploitation may take and be equipped with strategies to enable them recognise it and make wise choices and stay safe.  Posted 18 March 2013


Recommended Guidance 

Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE, 2015)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Ministry of Justice/Home Office March 2015)

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Updated on 26/10/2017
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Referral Forms

Early Help Assessment

  • Information about EHA, support available from the EHA team, and the Kirklees handbook for practitioners can be found on the Kirklees Council website.
  • A EHA e-learning course explaining what the EHA is, why it is important, how to recognise the need to have an assessment, and how to have an assessment completed is available by contacting training on 01484 416290.

Good Practice 

If your school has any top tips or documentation that you think might assist others please send by email to KSCB.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk and mark for the attention of the Safeguarding Officer for Education & Learning.  Many of the policies below are from Kirklees schools who have given their permission for documents to be shared.

  • Anti-bullying policy (Birkby Junior School, June 2012)

  • Anti-bullying policy (Castle Hill School, 2011)

  • Attendance policy (North Huddersfield Learning Community 2012/13)

  • Child Anti-bullying booklet (Reinwood Nursery & Infant School)

  • Children missing from education (Social Care, July 2012) 

  • Code of Conduct - Values & Behaviours (Kirklees College, September 2014)

  • Confidentiality policy (Castle Hill School, January 2012) 

  • Guidelines on Personal Relationships at Work (Kirklees College, September 2014)

  • Guidelines on Physical Contact with Students (Kirklees College, September 2014)
  • Guidlines to Kirklees Schools on Developing a Bereavement Policy (Kirklees Council, 2013)
  • Induction Checklist for New Staff, Students & Volunteers (Birkby Junior School May 2012)

  • Intimate care policy (Castle Hill School, 2012)

  • Intimate and Personal Care Policy (Shepley First School, 2017)

  • LAC Policy (Crosland Moor Junior School)

  • LAC Policy (Pupil Referral Service)

  • Positive behaviour policy (Birkby Junior School, January 2012)

  • Record of concern form (Westmoor Junior School, May 2012) 

  • Request for response from Children’s Social Care (Battyeford Primary School, 2012

  • School Safety Plan - Children who display sexually harmful behaviour (08/12/2015)

  • Social Networking Code of Practice (Kirklees College, September 2014)
  • Staff Behaviour Policy (2014)

  • The Education of Looked After Children (Castle Hill School, 2011)

  • Photographs at events - Press release from the Information Commissioner’s Office June 2010

  • Use of mobile phones in Primary schools (Kirklees Learning Service, March 2012)

  • Use of mobile phones in Secondary schools (Kirklees Learning Service, 2011)

  • Using ICT equipment including the internet - Professional responsibilities  (Kirklees Council, June 2011)

  • TAF: Lead Professional Checklist (Diamond Wood Academy May 2016)

 

Disclosure and barring service - DBS checks

The Disclosure and Barring Scheme Guidance (HM Government, March 2013) is for employers, employees, volunteers and volunteering organisations. It provides important information about the scope of the scheme, how employees and employers will be affected, and how to prepare for registration. 

On 17 June 2013 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) launches a new service, called the Update Service. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coming-soon-disclosure-and-barring-service-to-launch-the-update-service

Any queries in respect of DBS checks, please contact Debbie Dolan, Unit Manager Payroll and Personnel, by email Debbie.Dolan@kirklees.gov.uk, or by telephone on 07976497678. 
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Ofsted

Ofsted inspects and regulates those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.  The Safeguarding Board recommends that all education establishments familiarise themselves with the Ofsted website - you can also sign up to receive updates.  The Ofsted Safeguarding Children page contains questions and answers about inspections, the single central record, employment checks and CRB disclosure.  

The procedure for notification of a serious childcare incident to Ofsted is now covered by an online reporting service, please follow this link.

Independent schools should also refer to the Independent Schools Inspectorate website.

Guidance to Schools on Changes to Education Inspections from September 2015

Updated 19/06/2015

 

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At Almondbury Community School, we are proud to be led by a proactive team of Governors who are representative of the community of Almondbury.  Our Governors provide the leadership of the school with the challenge to ensure we best serve the local community, our pupils and their parents.

The school governing body consisting of sixteen members, two of whom are parent-governors.        These elected parent-governors serve for four years.

Any parent may raise a matter with the governing body, either through contacting one of the parent members or by addressing correspondence to:

 Clerk to the Governors, Almondbury Community School, Fernside Avenue, Almondbury, Huddersfield.  HD5 8PQ

Mrs Gill Goodswen Chair of Governors

I am now retired.  My career was in teaching.  I started teaching in Middle Schools (pupils aged 9-13 years) and I finished my career as the Headteacher of a Junior School.  I am determined to use my experiences to continue to help a local school.  I was a governor at Greenside Infants School and have been involved in the governors of Almondbury Community School since it opened.  I am a trustee of the Yorkshire Children’s Centre.  I am a past National President of the NUT (National Union of Teachers) with whom I am still actively supporting with casework.

Our Governing Body members are:

Name of governor

Category of governor and term of office

Relevant business or

personal interests

Any other educational establishments governed

Relationships with the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives

Date form completed

Committees and

Link responsibility

Governors Attendance at meetings

2016-17

Committees              GB

Clive

Barrows

Co-opted

Oct 2015-Oct 2019

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Every Child Matters Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing                                Careers advice and guidance Enterprise                   Numeracy                        Maths and applied faculty Website

 

 

Trevor

Bowen

Head teacher

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing

 

 

Gill

Goodswen

LA

May 2015-May 2019

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Every Child Matters Premises and Finance

Chair of GovernorsSafeguarding

Equality

 

 

Debra

Halliday

Co-opted

Jun 2014-Jun 2018

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Every Child Matters

SEND/CLA

Anti-Bullying

EYFS

Creativity, Humanities and Healthy living Faculty

 

 

Lauren Hellewell

Co-opted

April 2017-April 2021

NILNoneNone17th May 2017Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing  

Clive

Hetherington

Co-opted

Jun 2014-Jun 2018

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing

Health and Safety

Numeracy                        Maths and applied faculty Website

Life Sciences and Technology Faculty

Citrine House

 

 

David

Housecroft

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum

Assistant Head of Aspiration Phase

 

 

Cllr Judith Hughes

Co-opted

April 2017-April 2021

NILNoneNone

17th May 2017

Community and Marketing  

Johanna

Hull

Co-opted

Jun 2014-Jun 2018

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum

Vice-Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium

 

 

Jo

Koroma

Co-opted

Sept 2015-Sept 2019

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing

Vice-Chair of Governors

Amethyst House

 

 

Rachel

Lawrence

Parent

Sept 2015-Sept 2019

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Community and Marketing

Literacy

Communication Faculty

 

 

Jane

Lees

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Community and Marketing

Community Engagement

 

 

Lisa

Lockwood

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum

Assistant Head of Engagement Phase

 

 

Kathy

McCauley

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Premises and Finance   Community and Marketing

Every Child Matters           Head of Engagement Phase

 

 

Martin

Milner

Staff

Oct 2015-Oct 2019

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Premises and Finance

Community and Marketing

Numeracy                        Maths and applied faculty

 

 

Tim Patterson

Co-opted

May 2017-April 2021

    

Premises and Finance  

Community and Marketing

  

Jayne

Price

Co-opted

Jun 2014-Jun 2018

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Premises and Finance  

More Able pupils

Creativity, Humanities and Healthy living Faculty

 

 

Sandra

Quarmby

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Every Child Matters

Head of Amethyst House

SENCo

 

 

Vivienne

Short

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Premises and Finance

School Business Manager

 

 

Amanda

Wilson

Co-opted

Nov 2016-Nov 2020

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Every Child Matters   Community and Marketing

Governor training and visits

Diamond House

 

 

Heather

Wood

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Standards and Curriculum Premises and Finance      Head of Cooperation Phase

 

 

Simon

Wood

Associate

NIL

None

None

20th October 2016

Every Child Matters

Head of Diamond House

Pupil Premium

 

 

 Governor Profiles

These short profiles of the governing body of Almondbury Community School, provide an insight into our Governors backgrounds and gives an indication of the diverse skills and experiences they collectively represent. 

Mr Trevor Bowen (Head teacher)

I have lived in Almondbury since 1993 with my wife and two sons, one son is currently attending the school and the other is following a Master’s degree at the University of Huddersfield having attended the school.  After qualifying as a Science teacher from Sheffield University I started my teaching career at The Brooksbank School in Elland, I moved to Brighouse High School where I taught for ten years.  In my time at Brighouse I took responsibility for Head of Chemistry, Head of Year and Head of Science as well as teaching science and Chemistry to pupils of all abilities from Year 7 to Year 13.  I was appointed Deputy Head teacher at Almondbury in September 2000 and I was appointed as Head teacher in January 2015. 

Mr Clive Barrows (Co-opted Governor)

I moved to Almondbury in 1992 and have two grown up boys who both attended the Almondbury Infants, Junior and High schools. I grew up in Sheffield and, after leaving school, started an apprenticeship as an Electrician at a large stainless steel making company. During the 4 years of my apprenticeship I attended college one day per week and evenings to complete my ONC and HNC. I qualified as an Electrician and received an award for being apprentice of the year. I worked as an Electrician in the same company for a couple of years and then as an Electrical Design Draughtsman for another couple of years. I then gave up my job to take a 4 year sandwich degree in Electrical Engineering at Huddersfield University. After completing the degree I spent another 3 years doing Research at the university. During this period I became involved in the development of the computer technology and the Internet revolution that has changed the world. After working in the IT department at Huddersfield University for a number of years I got a job at Leeds University where I've worked since 2002. I am proud to be a governor at Almondbury Community School. I passionately believe that access to good education and lifelong learning are keys to raising and realising the aspiration of every child.

Mr Simon Sykes (Associate Governor)

Mrs Debra Halliday (Co-opted Governor)

I have been a governor of ACS since it was established in 2014.  Prior to this I was a parent governor at Greenside Infants and Nursery School.  I have two children currently attending ACS.  I work as a teaching assistant in KS1.  I am a qualified teacher and have previously worked in Crosland Moor Junior School as a KS2 teacher.  I have lived in Almondbury for 13 years.

Mr Clive Hetherington (Co-opted Governor)

I graduated in 1968 with an honours degree in physics and started my career as a research scientist with ICI fibres limited where I worked on the effect of production parameters on the molecular structure of synthetic filaments. This work included making mathematical models of the production plant and I was fortunate to be involved in programming one of the first mini computers in the country and I became very interested in computational science.

In 1975 I moved to Slaithwaite and took a post at the University as Senior Lecturer teaching physics, material science and mathematics. I changed direction in 1982 and moved into the newly formed computer studies department to teach computational science, programming and software engineering, a post I held until 1997. I then left education to set up my own company developing corporate client server systems using the internet as a delivery platform. In 1999 I moved to London to become chief technical officer of a new division of a large city financial company travelling from Huddersfield on Monday and returning on Friday. I retired in 2004.

I have lived in Huddersfield since 1975 and raised a family of four children and in 1981 became chair of governors at Linthwaite Junior School and subsequently a governor at Nields School Slaithwaite. I have four grandchildren who all attend Almondbury Community School and was a governor at Greenside Infants when the school amalgamation took place, stopping on as a governor for the new through school. As a school governor I am passionate that the education we provide for all the children in our community is stimulating challenging and allows them to fulfil their full potential.

Ms Lauren Hellewell (Co-opted Governor)

I completed an Undergraduate Degree in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Northumbria University.  I am very proud of winning the Avril Dawn Hardy Memorial Award from the Institute of Transport and Logistics for the best dissertation at University.

I have worked in a few different areas of the Supply Chain at Cummins.  I am currently responsible for Prototype Buying on the High Horse Power applications that are shipped to Customers Globally.

I have very recently joined the Governing Body and I bring a lot of experience in Financial planning/management, as part of my job, experience of procurement/purchasing, links with local businesses and knowledge of the local/regional economy.

Mr David Housecroft (Associate Governor)

I started my teaching career in Dewsbury where I taught for twelve years. I have worked at Almondbury since 1997. In my time here I have taught English across the age and ability range and I was Head of English from 2003 to 2015.  I was appointed Assistant Head of Phase in September 2015. I have responsibility for curriculum and assessment.

Cllr Judith Hughes (Co-opted Governor)

I am the local ward councillor for the Almondbury Ward; I have been a Kirklees councillor for 6 years and the Chair of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue authority for the last 3 years.

My nephews attended Almondbury High school, one has now graduated from Huddersfield University and the other one now attends Liverpool University, both of them enjoyed their time at Almondbury. As a ward councillor I work in the heart of the community and over the last 2 years I have been impressed by how the school has contributed to the community working with parents and the elder generation. I think as a governor I can help build the community capacity with the school and I am proud to be asked by the school to be a Governor.

Mrs Johanna Hull (Co-opted Governor)

I am married with two children both of whom went to Almondbury Junior School as it then was.  I have been a governor for many years, firstly at what is now called All Hallows’ school, then at Almondbury Junior and now at Almondbury Community School where I am a co-opted governor.

Last year I was Chair of the Finance Committee and this year I am Chair of Standards and Curriculum and also sit on the Performance Management Committee.  I am the governor responsible for Pupil Premium.

My background was originally in law and I worked in the legal department at the Halifax for ten years.  I am currently working with our Kirklees Parent Carer Forum on education issues for children with SEND.

I think its great being a governor of a school where the child’s journey starts in nursery and goes all the way up to 16.  It has been a challenge and a lot of hard work for governors helping to create an all through school with an all through ethos and it hasn’t always been an easy ride but I think that everyone is seeing what it can mean for their child and their education.

Mrs Jo Koroma (Co-opted Governor)

I have been on the Governing Body since 2015.  I am one of our co-opted governors with 3 children attending the school. I chair the Premises and Finance sub-committee and work as a general manager in the telecoms industry.

Mrs Rachel Lawrence (Parent Governor)

 

Mrs Jane Lees (Associate Governor)

I believe I am very fortunate to have a unique role in education. I not only work in a communication and community role for Almondbury Community School but I also work for our partner schools in an enrichment role. The partner schools which I work with are Dalton, Moldgreen, Lowerhouses, All Hallows, Woodley (was Longley) and Southgate (was Lydgate) Together we are the SHINE (South Huddersfield Inspiring & Nurturing Excellence) Partnership and work together sharing good practice.

I am married with two daughters, one who works for the Forget-Me-Not Hospice and one who is a KS2 teacher at Rawthorpe Junior School. I am sports mad and have played squash and racket ball for over 30 years at Phoenix Squash club in Honley.

Mrs Lisa Lockwood (Associate Governor)

I have been teaching for the last 17 years in Kirklees and in that time, I have taught across the primary age range.  I moved to Greenside Infant and Nursery school in 2008 and took on the role of KS1 leader.  Since then I have been appointed as Assistant Head of the Engagement phase for ACS.  My passion for the humanities is reflected in the topics covered in KS1 and making sure learning is practical and full of ‘hands on’ experiences.  I live in Kirkheaton with my husband Paul and our two children, Mae (7) and Alfie (4).

Mrs Kathy McCauley (Associate Governor)

I moved to Huddersfield when I was 5 years old and have lived in the local area near Almondbury since then. However, for a brief time I lived in America and then in Australia, where I met my husband. I have 2 teenage children; a son who is a keen footballer and is studying A Levels at Huddersfield New College and a daughter who is following my passion for Early Years and studying at Edgehill University. I gained a BA honours degree in Theatre Arts and Social Sciences at Exeter University and then went on to Bretton Hall, where I gained a PGCE in Early Years with Special Educational Needs as my specialism. My first teaching post was as a Reception teacher at Headlands in Liversedge. After 2 years I moved to Reinwood Infant & Nursery School to be the Year 1 leader and the SENCo. I worked part time until my children were school age and then went full time as the acting deputy head. I gained a permanent deputy headship in 2005 at Greenside Infant & Nursery School. I was appointed as the Head teacher in 2008. When the school became part of Almondbury Community School in 2014 my role changed to that of Head of Engagement Phase.

Mr Martin Milner (Staff Governor)

I was elected as staff governor in October 2015.  I live in Tingley, Nr. Wakefield with my wife Anna, Jacob (12), Emily (6) and Isaac (4). My eldest daughter Helen (19) is an undergraduate at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. I qualified as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher in Lancaster in 1994 and taught for a year in Derby as IT Coordinator (covering maternity leave) and Mathematics Teacher. I then moved to a school in Leicestershire where I taught secondary Mathematics up to A-Level for 3 years. I came out of teaching in 1998 and worked for an air conditioning installation company in the construction industry for twelve years - at the same time tutoring in Mathematics privately and also working as a private consultant helping companies computerise their accounting systems. I came back into teaching on a supply basis in both the primary and secondary sector for two years before joining the Mathematics Department at Almondbury. I have a keen interest in outdoor pursuits ranging from camping and canoeing to fell running and mountaineering. I climbed Mont Blanc in 1994 and more recently travelled to Scandinavia on a motorbike to climb the highest mountains in Norway and Sweden. My wife Anna is Swedish. She was a full time Primary Teacher in Sweden before moving to the UK and currently teaches Antenatal Classes for the National Childbirth Trust as well as being at home with our children.

Mr Tim Patterson (Co-opted Governor)

I am a 37 year old father to be who has been living in the Almondbury area for around 5 years now.  I work as a senior buyer / team leader at Cummins Turbo Technologies.  I hold a BSc Honours degree from Leeds Metropolitan University.

I feel that I can bring a different set of skills, knowledge and experience to the governing body to help develop and grow the school for the benefit of the pupils, school and the local area.  I bring a lot of experience in financial planning/management, as part of my job, experience of procurement/purchasing, links with local businesses and knowledge of the local/regional economy.

I believe that every child should be provided the best educational start and experiences in life.

Mrs Jayne Price (Co-opted Governor)

I became a governor in 2012.  I work at the University of Huddersfield as Head of Division for Initial Teacher Education, so I spend most of my time looking after students who are training to be teachers. I live in Leeds with my husband and daughter and used to be Head of Music and Continuing Professional Development Manager at Allerton High School.  I qualified as a music teacher in 1989 completed my MA in Education with the Open University and I am now studying for a Doctorate in Education investigating how we can make music provision in schools more inclusive.

Mrs Sandra Quarmby (Associate Governor)

After completing a degree in Music and American Studies in York I qualified as a Music and PE teacher in Manchester and taught at Heywood Community School until I moved to Almondbury in 2001 to take up the role of Year Leader. Having specialised in Music and PSHCE at Almondbury I was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher status for Citizenship in 2004. As an AST I have supported colleagues in others schools and have delivered training across Kirklees and beyond. I completed an MA in Teaching and Learning Action Research in 2007 and was appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) in 2012. I was first elected as staff governor in 2006 and was a finalist in the Guardian Teacher of the Year Awards in the same year. As we became a through school I assumed the roles of Head of Amethyst House and SENCo. In addition to staff Governance I also have 6 years’ experience of being a parent governor. I reside in Huddersfield with my husband and our two children.

Mrs Vivienne Short (Associate Governor)

 

Mrs Amanda Wilson (Co-opted Governor)

My family have always lived in the community of Waterloo and I attended the former Almondbury Comprehensive School, Huddersfield New College and Huddersfield Polytechnic, qualifying with a Higher National Diploma in Hotel and Catering Administration. My first job was as a Catering Officer with Kirklees Council. In 1990 I became the joint owner of a Huddersfield town centre restaurant which myself and my father ran successfully for twelve years. I then worked for many years as a cashier/receptionist at a local hotel/ restaurant and presently work at a delicatessen.

I was originally elected as a Parent Governor in 2008 when my daughter attended the school. My daughter is now a Student Paramedic studying Paramedic Practice at Sheffield Hallam University and placed with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Mrs Heather Wood (Associate Governor)

I qualified as a teacher in 1990. I have worked in a number of schools in both North and South Kirklees. I started as a class teacher and became a subject leader after four years. I was a head of Key stage before becoming deputy head at a large Junior School in Dewsbury. From here I became head at Almondbury Junior School in 2009. When this school amalgamated to become the current through school I became head of phase. I am married to Simon who is a musician and we have two sons. Aaron is a professional trumpet player and Noah is studying maths at Manchester University.

Mr Simon Wood (Associate Governor)

I graduated with an honours degree in History from York University in 2000. I have taught at ACS since 2005 following the completion of my teacher training at the Leeds University. Prior to this I worked in industry for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines after leaving University. I currently live in Mirfield with my wife and 2 young boys. I am currently the Head of Diamond House and have responsibility for Pupil Premium as well as teaching history in the secondary age range. I have been on the senior leadership team at ACS for 5 years.

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