School Information

Safeguarding Statement

School Commitment 

Ridgeway Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children.  We will always take a considered and sensitive approach in order that we can support all our pupils and recognise that each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. All staff and any volunteers who work within the school are given clear guidance in how to behave and work with children. They are highly vigilant and well trained to report any concerns they have about a child's well-being swiftly.  At Ridgeway we will always talk with parents if concerns have been noted and will keep them informed should we feel it is necessary for us to report these concerns to another agency.  Children know they can talk about their worries to an adult they trust.

We have produced an information leaflet for parents and carers to explain how we work to safeguard the children in our care. This can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Ridgeway Primary School Safeguarding Information  

Key Personnel 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the safety of a child either inside or outside of school, you can contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead Teacher who is Miss Laura Gray (Deputy Headteacher).  In her absence, you can contact one of the nominated deputies:

Mrs Joanne Jelves (Headteacher)

Mrs Gemma Middleton (Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs Deb Derry (Learning Mentor)

Mrs Beth Sedgley (Educare Co-ordinator Sunny Days Nursery)

Miss Laura Wem (Senior Educarer Sunny Days Nursery)

Our safeguarding governor is Mrs Pamela Potter, who can be contacted via the school office on 01543 227170.

All staff who are employed within the school, are required to adhere to our 'Safeguarding Code of Conduct'. This code is designed to give clear guidance on the standards of behaviour all school staff are expected to observe at all times to ensure the safeguarding of our children.  

Key Information

Our safeguarding procedures are monitored by the Governing Board and by Staffordshire County Council. Further information can be found via the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board website using the following link: https://www.staffsscb.org.uk/Home.aspx

Ridgeway Primary School and the Governing Board fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our school to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm.  We also follow safer recruitment practices when appointing new staff and volunteers. Our staff and governors undertake annual training in this area to ensure the welfare and safety of our children remains paramount.

We have a  Safeguarding Policy that applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school and we all follow the Safer Working Practices outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 document. To access these documents please click on the links below:

Ridgeway Safeguarding Policy 2019

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (DFE Publication)