Safeguarding and Inclusion

Safeguarding

Platt Bridge Community School and Start Well Family Centre takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This includes:

  • Responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.
  • To identify children who may be in need of extra help or who are suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm. All staff have a responsibility to take appropriate action, working with services as needed.

The responsibility to ensure that the school complies with safeguarding duties under legislation is overseen by Martin Haskayne in the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). 

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is a senior member of staff who co-ordinates the schools safeguarding and child protection arrangements by providing advice and support to other staff on child welfare and child protection matters, to take part in strategy meetings and inter-agency meetings – and /or to support other staff to do so - and to contribute to the assessment of children.

 

Designated Person Deputy Designated Person

 

Martin Haskayne

 Deputy Headteacher

Tel No: 01942 487999

Email: m.haskayne@cfat.org.uk

Julie Hurst

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

 

 

At Platt Bridge Community School our Pastoral Leads have a responsibility for a particular key stage.

Department Name Contact Number
Lower Phase Gemma Pugh/Tracey Smith 07770255133
Middle Phase Sue Wood 07918700454
Upper Phase Carole Anderton 07827592748
Upper Phase Jane Sargent 07826462393

 

School Security

Visitors are welcomed to Platt Bridge Community School.  However, access to teaching and pupil activity areas is carefully controlled.  Entrance to the school is restricted.  The only entrance available to visitors is the main reception door where visitors will sign in and out.  All the remaining doors to the school are secure.  Children are encouraged to not open doors.

All visitors to the school are asked to provide evidence of a DBS disclosure form if working with children.

 

Policies

For all our Safeguarding and Inclusion Policies please click here.

 

Inclusion

Platt Bridge Community School is a fully inclusive school. The key principle that our school adopts is that each child is a unique individual and has the right to education which develops their full potential. They have the right to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and the right to access the whole curriculum. Every child has the right to expect to make progress.

The progress of pupils is monitored closely from their admission date by the class teacher, supported by Martin Haskayne the Deputy Head for inclusion / Senco. Parents are consulted where there is cause for concern at the earliest opportunity and a plan (known in school as an APDR – Assess, Plan, Do, Review) is designed for the pupil and to monitor their progress over time.

Where our level of concern increases, other agencies may become involved e.g. Targeted Education Support Service or Educational Psychology Service. This may sometimes be followed by formal assessment, the outcome of which may be an application for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

More able children are catered for in the differentiated planning of the class teacher and Gifted and Talented children are catered for through our own curriculum and through our work with other Partners.

Platt Bridge Community School is also a resourced school. This means that we have a number of additional places available to provide an opportunity for a short period of observation and assessment for other children in the borough to enable a thorough understanding to be gained of how the child learns best and how their full potential can be achieved at their own school.

 

Wigan Council - Local Offer

Wigan Local Offer provides information of services which could support children and young people with SEN. Please click here for more information.

 

The Autism Pathway and Service

The Autism Pathway and Service work with schools, teachers and parents to help support children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), for further information, please click here.

Or if you prefer to speak to someone please call Wigan SENDS team on 01942 486136.

 

Key national contacts 

  • NSPCC
  • NSPCC helpline - helping adults protect children 24 hours a day. For help and support, including anyone needing advice about female genital mutilation, young people affected by gangs, concerns that someone may be a victim of modern slavery contact the NSPCC trained helpline counsellors on:

  • NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line - free advice and support for professionals concerned about how child protection issues are being handled in their organisation.
  • UK Safer Internet Centre professional advice line - helpline for professionals working with children and young people in the UK with any online safety issues they may face themselves or with children in their care.
  • Police Anti-Terrorist Hot Line number 0800 789 321