Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Caroline Butterworth
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds

Safeguarding at Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School is given top priority. All adults in our school have a responsibility for Safeguarding Children.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Andrew Carter (Deputy Headteacher for Safeguarding). Part of this role is to keep up to date with Serious Case Reviews Nationally to inform practice and cascade training to staff when necessary. The Designated Safeguarding Deputies are Mrs Kelly Wiles and Mrs Lucy Egley. These staff have all completed Level 3 Safeguarding Training or higher, led by Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP). They complete further training at least every 2 years. Designated Safeguarding Lead Posters are displayed around school.

The named governor for safeguarding is: Mrs Rowena White

All staff (teachers, teaching assistants, midday assistants, admin staff and premises staff) have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training and updated KCSIE training.

All staff recruitment panels include at least one person who has completed appropriate 'Safer Recruitment in Education' training.

All staff in school are required to wear a Sandal Castle Community Primary School Identification Badge. Visitors must sign in at the school office, where they will be expected to wear a personalised visitor sticker and lanyard at all times

All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and DBS details are kept in a Single Central Record in school. The Single Central Record is checked regularly by Governing Body members.

As a school, we work closely with Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership who is a partnership of all of the relevant statutory, voluntary and community agencies involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in Wakefield.

Here is our 2022/2023 Safeguarding Policy

The Summer Holidays can be a tricky time for children and families below are some services which can offer support

Hub Summer Support

Future In Mind Summer Support

Sow Grow and Know


Lunch Clubs

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass School.

Operation Encompass is a unique Police and Education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people exposed to domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is the reporting to schools before the start of the next school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.

The information is given in strict confidence to a school’s Key Adult to enable support to be given dependent on the needs and wishes of the child.

Operation Encompass Poster

Operation Encompass Letter

At Sandal Castle Primary we use RM Safetynet to keep everyone safe online. We use a feature called User Based Filtering which gives us greater flexibility over our internet filtering by allowing us to ensure that everyone is receiving the appropriate level of internet filtering.

Not only can websites be blocked for certain age groups but also at specific times.

RM Safetynet is a cloud based filtering solution and therefore does not rely on any expensive on site equipment.

SSL interception allows search terms made on secure websites such as GOOGLE to be intercepted and logged, therefore preventing inappropriate search results form being displayed.

Active adapt content filter instantly scans the content on every page of the website. Risk calculations are made based on this content and a permit or deny decision is made.

Logs can be viewed in Safetynet showing the amount of bandwidth currently being used. These logs also allow us to monitor which websites are visited by everyone in school.

We believe that it is important to make children and young people aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable, and our underpinning curriculum based upon our equality duty objectives are woven throughout, alongside our PSHCE, RE and P4C curriculum supporting children in recognising when their personal safety is being compromised. The school also signposts access to support for pupils, by displaying Childline, NSPCC and CEOP posters and contact telephone numbers and making children and families aware of age appropriate resources ie Pantosaurus.


The NSPCC Underwear Rule

We are committed to multi-agency working, in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the pupils at Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School.

Safer Recruitment Policy

Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board

Wakefield Local offer

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