Safeguarding

Safeguarding

The Academy gives a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of students at the Academy. Clear procedures are in place to manage child protection. The Academy's Child Protection and Safeguarding policy lays out procedures to prevent incidents of potential harm through encouraging openness and support; to train staff to provide protection to young people; and to offer support where necessary.

If any parent has a concern over the safety of their son/ daughter please contact the Academy and request to speak to the Assistant Vice Principal with responsibility for Inclusion or The Principal.

Learning Support

As an Academy, we seek to develop inclusive values between staff,
students and parents/carers and remove barriers to learning and participation. We aim to offer the necessary support to all students whatever their individual needs.

Students with special education needs will:

We treat each student as an individual and ensure that those in need of special help or consideration receive it. Learning Support Assistants, who work closely with the class teacher, provide support in lessons. Students may also be withdrawn from some classes to access intensive support which allows a focus on literacy and numeracy.

Effective provision is made for all students with special needs by liaising with appropriate outside agencies. The Academy follows the Special Needs Code of Practice and maintains a Special Needs Register. An information booklet for parents/carers is available from the Academy.

Careers Education

Careers Education is a crucial element in the work of Sirius Academy North's tutorial programme and general curriculum. It encompasses work in Years 7 - 13.

The Academy employs a Careers Advisor who works to support individual students in all our year groups. Students receive all the pertinent information in order to plan their future education and employment pathways.

The Academy places great emphasis on the range of employability skills that all new entrants to the working world will need.

We have very close links with a large number of employers and education/training establishments. We work with them to provide up to the minute local career and guidance information.

All our students are encouraged to link with employment opportunities in a range of engaging ways including work simulation, trips to, and speakers from, local businesses. These broaden out to more formal and traditional work experience placements for our post 16 students. We support the full range of vocational options that the Academy provides in the sixth form.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

Students in the Academy are encouraged to respect all religions and collective worship.

Collective worship takes place in House Group assemblies. Religious Education is also delivered within the curriculum in lessons in Beliefs and Values and Ethics and Philosophy and with the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) Programme, which forms part of our daily tutorial sessions. Parents/carers are reminded of their right to withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. This request should be addressed to the Principal in writing.

Sex & Relationship Education

Sex education, as defined by the National Curriculum, is taught as part of science lessons and within our Pastoral Programme. The facts surrounding human reproduction will be taught in these lessons. The Academy also uses the experience of the school nursing service in delivering Sex and Relationship education, specific to the needs of a particular year group. As students’ progress through the Academy, wider aspects of sex education are considered in Religious Education and tutorial lessons, including personal relationships. Related issues such as smoking, alcohol, drug abuse and nutrition are also addressed. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from all, or part of, the sex education programme that is not part of National Curriculum Science. A request to this effect would need to be made in writing to the Principal.

Items of Value and Insurance

The Academy operates a cashless card system so there is no need for students to carry money in the Academy. Cards can be used to pay for lunch and food items at break. Cards can be topped up with money by ‘Parent Pay’ via the Academy website. Cards can also be topped up on the reval machines in the Academy or at selected Newsagents.

Valuables such as mobile phones, MP3 players etc. should not be left unattended, as we cannot accept responsibility for items that may be lost or damaged. We strongly advise that students do not bring expensive items of jewellery or equipment to the Academy.

The Academy does not operate an insurance scheme for personal property. Please consult insurance companies or brokers directly.

Child Protection

The Academy gives a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our students. Clear procedures are in place to manage child protection. The Academy’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy lays out procedures to prevent incidents of potential harm through encouraging openness and support; to train staff to provide protection to young people; and to offer support where necessary.

Our tutor programme seeks to equip all of our students with the guidance they need to help to safeguard themselves and the confidence to ask for support should they need it.

If any parent/carer has a concern over the safety of their son/daughter please contact the Academy and request to speak to the Assistant Vice Principal with responsibility for Inclusion or the Principal.

Further details on the Academy’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy are available on the website or at the main reception desk.

Serious Incidents and Exclusions

The Academy will deal with any serious incidents and exclusions in line with the policies used by mainstream community schools in the Hull Local Authority. Appeals against exclusions will be heard by an Independent Appeal Panel, set up by the Academy Board. The Independent Appeal Panel decision is final and binding on the Academy Trust. A parent/carer may seek a judicial review of an independent Appeals Panel’s decision. Sirius Academy Noth is a safe place to learn and serious incidents such as assault or physical violence, verbal abuse of staff, racial abuse, substance abuse, vandalism and theft will not be tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.

Health & Safety at the Academy

The Academy works to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all students, visitors and staff. Students will be made aware of potential risks in the Academy and whilst undertaking activities off site. Parents/carers visiting the Academy are reminded to cooperate with the arrangements by reporting to the reception when first entering the building.

The Academy will strictly enforce the rule of not smoking anywhere on the site.

Should any student or parent/carer have concerns about on site safety or safety during any Academy activity please ask to speak to the Principal or a Senior Member of Staff.

Complaints

The Academy will seek to resolve all concerns or complaints. It will seek to resolve concerns at an early stage through good communication and informal procedures. Formal complaints which have not been resolved at an informal stage shall
be dealt with through the procedures laid down in the Academy’s
Complaints Policy.

Essentially:

Formal complaints should be made in writing to the Principal or the Chair of Governors.


Safeguarding Information Links

CEOP - information on on-line safety for parents and students https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parents/ 

Child line - information and advice on bullying, health and mental and emotional health, sex and relationships, family issues etc https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/

Child Berevement UK - advice on bereavement and also dealing with children who may be frightened following national, traumatic events such as terror attacks https://childbereavementuk.org/

Childnet - advice and activities for children, parents and staff on e-safety http://www.childnet.com/

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