Health and Safety
In our last audit by Leicester City Council, our health and safety practice was judged as OUTSTANDING! (March 2018). We are due to be audited again in Spring 2020.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The safety of the children in our care is of paramount importance and we have to act in accordance with national legislation set down by law and the local regulations set down by Leicester City Council. Furthermore, we strive for the best possible practice in this area. At the same time, children learn by taking risks - about their capabilities, about overcoming obstacles, about testing boundaries and exploring their emotions. We aim to create an environment therefore which allows children to take appropriate risks and to develop responsibility for their own safety.
Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility. Peter Fowler has ultimate responsbility as Head Teacher; Rob Penny, our Site Manager, is our Health and Safety Co-ordinator. Any Health and Safety instruction issued by Rob must be obeyed. Sue Foreman, Office Manager, is responsible for Health and Safety policy and management.
Children receive regular inputs on road safety and have opportunities throughout their school life to learn about bicycle safety too. Children are to use only the pelican crossing to cross Aylestone Road and we ask parents to support us in this by setting a good example. Parents who drive to school are asked to carefully consider CAR PARKING. Parking around school is at a premium and you must not park on or opposite the zig zags outside the school.
DROPPING OFF AND COLLECTING YOUR CHILD
Our playground opens from 8.15 am and parents may wait on the playground with their child from that time. Children of any age should not be left unsupervised. Please ensure that children do not play on the apparatus as we are not insured for this and there are no First Aiders on duty if there is an accident. The playground is supervised from 8.30 am. If children walk to school alone, they should plan to arrive after 8.30 am. Children in Year 6 are permitted to come to school alone but they must not be made responsible for escorting younger siblings. If children arrive too early or do not behave responsibly, we will withdraw this privilege. Children in Year 5 may be permitted to come to school alone, depending on their level of maturity; the distance they have to walk; the number and nature of roads they have to cross; and any other relevant factors.
At the end of the day, parents meet their children from class. The meeting place varies according to which class the child is in. If someone else will be collecting your child, please inform the school office before 2.00 pm. In the interests of children's safety, we will not hand out a child to an unknown or unexpected adult.
Children in year 6 are permitted to walk home alone if parents have informed the school about this in advance but they must not be made responsible for escorting younger siblings. If children do not behave responsibly, we will ask you to ensure that they are collected.
We will only hand over our pupils to children of secondary school age where parents have contacted us to discuss this. Our agreement will be subject to the maturity of the children concerned; the distance they have to walk; the number and nature of roads they have to cross; and any other relevant factors.
CYCLING TO SCHOOL
Granby encourages cycling and children may cycle to school on completion of a permission request form. You can download a copy of the form here. The permission will be withdrawn from any child who is seen placing themselves or others at risk whilst cycling. There is secure cycle storage at school. Please note: A HELMET MUST BE WORN.
The school site is kept locked whilst children are in school during the day and before and after school activities. This means that no-one can enter the site without coming through two secure doors, and signing in with the office. Only those visitors who are known to us and have a Disqualification and Barring Service (DBS) certificate are allowed to move around school unsupervised. Staff are not allowed to give access to anyone, other than through the office; and staff and visitors should wear their badges at all times. Staff will challenge any adult not wearing a badge.
In the event of a fire, all doors open easily from the inside and comply with fire regulations. School staff can unlock the gates if we need to evacuate the playground. Our fire drill is regularly practised and we also drill the children in invacuation - bringing them inside school from the playground in the case of an emergency. Children respond very well to these drills, take them very seriously and achieve very quick times, very safely.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINES
At the discretion of the Head Teacher, we can administer prescribed medicines which have to be administered four times a day or more often. Medication can only be administered on completion of the appropriate form which can be downloaded here.
Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to keep their own inhalers for asthma and in some cases, this may extend to other medicines or other conditions. We will discuss this with you if applicable.
We do not administer non-prescription medication
Please see our page on Children's Health for information and guidance
Your child may be seen by a variety of health professionals whilst at Granby, including the administration of vaccinations. You will be given advance notice of any such visits.
A large proportion of our staff are first aid trained and where necessary, first aid will be administered. If a child bumps their head whilst at school, we will send a slip home advising you of the bump and requesting that you keep a close eye on the child for any reaction. The child will also be wearing a bumped head wristband. If there is a more serious accident, we will telephone you so please ensure that you keep all your records up to date and inform us of any change in your telephone number - especially mobiles. All accidents and minor ailments are recorded.
Our e-safety policy is part of our safeguarding and child protection policy. We have robust systems in place to regulate what children can see and do on the internet whilst in school and internet use is carefully monitored. We regualrly provide age-appropriate guidance for children on using modern technologies and offer sessions to parents too. Information on e-safety can be found on our own E-safety page and the Think You Know website.