We take the safety of our children seriously. All of our staff listen carefully to our children, take care to ensure that they have the opportunity to express their emotions and work with them to ensure that they can be happy in school.
Mr McGregor (DSL & Welfare Officer) is our designated safeguarding lead. If his absence, any safeguarding concerns should be reported directly to Mrs Le Gros (Headteacher).
Mr McGregor also has responsibility for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children.
Our dedicated pastoral team provide specialist support in a variety of ways depending on children's and parent's needs.
Further people below may be able to support you with pastoral needs:
- Mr Doyle - Acting Deputy Head
- Miss Powell - SENCO
- Mrs Gray - Learning Mentor
- Miss Joslin - Learning Mentor
- Mrs Jones - Parental Engagement Co-ordinator
- Miss Kalejova - Attendance and community liaison
- Mr Patel - Attendance and community liaison
- Mrs Womersley - Safeguarding Governor
We encourage our children to behave according to our FREE values.
Children are encouraged to be citizens of our school, Great Britain and the World. In the classroom behaviour for learning concentrates on children knowing how to move their learning on. Children are taught explicitly about the values and how to implement them through our FREE scheme of work, assemblies and through FREE council led activities in the FREE room. Implicit learning of the values is encouraged through adults role modelling behaviours and the use of FREE champions, children who always exemplify the values, showing others how to behave.
More information can be found in our latest Behaviour & Anti Bullying policy below.
Our children understand that Bullying is a serious issue. During Anti Bullying week we looked at how other people's behaviour affects us.
We now know how best to describe other people's behaviour:
Rude - If someone says something that upsets you but that person didn't know it would.
Mean - Someone says something to you and they mean to upset you.
Bullying - You have told someone that what they are saying us upsetting you, but they still do it all the time.
There are posters around school to remind us.
We also know what to do about it:
Tell the other person to stop and then tell an adult - all the adults in school will listen.
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Wellbeing is about our thoughts feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. If we have a good sense of wellbeing then we are better able to cope with the challenges of life.
At Widden we support children's wellbeing through teaching and developing resilience, giving opportunities to discuss and manage feelings and through developing positive relationships which enable children to feel valued and supported.
If an individual’s wellbeing is negatively affected then their mental health can be said to be suffering. When this happens we might need a specific intervention to improve our ability to cope. At Widden we support this through individual or group sessions with our learning mentors, school counsellor or our education mental health practitioner.