Zones of Supervision
At La Houguette we believe in the need to develop the whole child, through positive partnerships and attitudes, in a safe and secure environment where our differences and heritage are celebrated.
We have established the following procedures to ensure the health, and safety and well-being of our children:
Car parking and driving on site
Mixing cars and children is highly hazardous and so we have a 5mph speed limit and we ask drivers to be extra vigilant around the school site. We have a strict protocol for using the front car park and dropping off. These are explained in the School Brochure. The Caretaker and Traffic Assistant are there to direct traffic and ensure the children’s safety. Thank you for your cooperation.
The school has well-rehearsed evacuation procedures and a fire drill is carried out termly. Regular fire safety checks are undertaken and recorded by the Caretaker and Headteacher who are the school’s fire safety officers.
In the classroom
Class contracts set out how we agree to behave and respect each other and this is set out in our Behaviour Policy. Risk assessments are made where potentially hazardous equipment is to be used (eg hacksaws, sewing needles) and the children are taught how to use them safely.
Everyone has the right to a happy and safe playtime, including staff on duty. Children who are not behaving responsibly are removed from the playground. We always have at least two staff in each playground and have established ‘zones of supervision’ so that all children can be seen at all times. Before school staff are on duty after 8.30am and see the children safely onto the school bus at the end of the day.
PE and Games
We often welcome specialist coaches from sporting associations to work alongside class teachers. They are always qualified and police checked. For PE children are required to change into appropriate clothing, remove jewellery and ensure long hair is tied back.
In the swimming pool we have thorough operating procedures which include the recommended adult: pupil ratio. Emergency evacuation procedures are updated annually and are made familiar to the children. All teachers of swimming are trained in life-saving.
Out and About
All education visits are well planned and conform to the Education Department’s off-site guidance. Thorough risk assessments are approved by the Headteacher and shared with the children and helpers before leaving school. Residential trips are subject to greater scrutiny and are approved by the Education Department’s Health and Safety Officer. Parental permission is required before each visit and parents are fully briefed before a residential.
The school has thorough Safeguarding procedures. The Headteacher is the school’s Child Protection Officer and works closely with Social Services and the Safeguarding body. All staff have received Tier 1 Child Protection training. All adults who work closely with the children are subject to an enhanced level police check and work under the supervision of the teacher. All island schools are required to comply with the Interagency Guidelines on Child Protection which can be located at http://www.icpc.gg/
We have an effective Anti-bullying policy which is reviewed regularly. Children are reminded to ‘say no to bullying’ and to tell if they think they or another child is experiencing bullying. Bullying is included in the PSHE curriculum and whole school awareness is raised in annual Anti-bullying week. We ask parents to work with us to stop and to prevent bullying.
The schools’ ICT network operates within a managed service and so adult content is blocked. We have a detailed internet safety protocol which we ask children and parents to commit to at the beginning of every year. ‘How to be safe on-line’ is part of the PSHE curriculum and is regularly discussed in lessons. Whole school awareness is raised during National Internet Safety Day and we run internet safety sessions for parents. Additional resources for parents can be found at:
We ensure we have adequate staff with up-to-date first aid training. All accidents requiring first aid are recorded and more serious accidents are reported to the Education Department and parents are informed.
The school nurse is based at Lukis House but she holds monthly drop-in sessions in school. She can offer advice on a range of concerns and parents are invited to make an appointment via the school office.
We will telephone you if we feel your child is unwell and unfit for school. We work to the Health protection Agency Guidance on Infection Control in Schools which gives guidance on when a child should be kept at home. If you are in doubt, the school office will advise you.
Sometimes children are fit for school but have prescribed medication to complete, or have medication for minor conditions. All medication must be given to the school office accompanied by a permission note explaining when and how the medicine should be administered. Inhalers are kept in classrooms, clearly marked with the child’s name.
Keeping children’s hair clear from infestation is regarded as a parental responsibility. We advise families to establish weekly precautionary treatment as a family routine. We may send home periodic reminders and further advice can be obtained from the school nurse.
We are recognised as meeting the National Healthy School standard. We ensure children have access to drinking water throughout the day. We encourage the children to bring healthy snacks for playtimes, teach them about healthy lunchboxes, and take part in annual Walk to School weeks. We rely on parental support and thank you for helping us to be a healthy school.