Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

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

Diocese of Leeds
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‘Together we grow: Together we give’. Ezekiel 47:2

We are a school community and we are a family. We learn together, we support each other, we give our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us in our school and wider community. We help each other to be ourselves and to be proud of it and to grow in to the unique individuals we are, and as a result, we grow into the respectful and accepting community we all value so much- we are there for each other on each step of our journey.

Online Safety

Welcome to the Online -safety area of our website. Here you will find links, resources and updates to supporting our children to stay safe online.


Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader with the responsibility for online-safety is: Rachel Wadsworth

Rachel Wadsworth and Katie Harkin are our CEOP accredited trained Ambassadors.

Kelly Wiles is the online safety lead for EYFS.

Brooke Russell is the online safety lead for KS1.

Katie Harkin is the online safety lead for Lower KS2.

CEOP has a network of over 5,500 ambassadors across the UK. This is an active network of professionals delivering CEOP's 'Thinkuknow' resources in their local communities to fellow professionals, parents and carers and young people.

Our governor with the responsibility for online safety is: Ben Cowell

Digital Well- Being

Young people are growing up in a world where technology has always been present for them and this can have both a positive and negative impact on their lives.

On the one hand going online can mean being connected to friends, sharing experiences and learning new things but all of these experiences can also pose challenges for young people. With the online world being such a huge part of young people's lives today, it's very important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them.

What is digital wellbeing?

Our overall wellbeing is determined by the physical and emotional experiences we have on a daily basis. As technology continues to be such a huge part of our lives, from the way we represent who we are to the interactions we have with others, it too has an impact on our wellbeing. This is often referred to as your 'digital wellbeing' or 'online wellness.'

It is essentially about having an awareness of how being online can make us feel and looking after ourselves and others when online. This can include recognising the impact being online can have on our emotions, mental wellbeing and even on our physical health and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.

Our digital wellbeing can be influenced by the choices we make online, the content we see, the interactions we have with others and even how long we spend engaging with technology and the internet.


CEOP have released some new resources regarding difficult conversations, including sex and relationships, which can be found here:

Internet Matters

Internet Matters have collated groups of social media platforms suitable for under 13's:

National Online Safety Back to School Online Safety Tips

Back to School Online Safety Tips

National Online Safety Resources and Training for Parents

We recently adopted a fantastic resource in school from National Online Safety. This award-winning learning hub aims to empower the whole school community with the knowledge of how to keep children safe online, encompassing regularly updated training, led by experts, and resources on everything from: cyberbullying and gaming, to fake news and mental health. It truly is fantastic.

Parents can self-enrol for free here, selecting 'parent' as your role when signing up:

You can also download this as an app to your device by searching 'National Online Safety' in your app store. We have posters at key points around school where you can scan the QR code, if you prefer, when it is safe to do so.

Safer Internet Day 2021

From West Yorkshire Police:

On Tuesday 9th February 2021, between 10.30am- 11.00am, a presentation will be delivered by a PCSO, who will provide online safety advice to Primary aged school children.

We will also be conducting a FB Live, between 1pm – 1.30pm on 9th February, which will be presented by officers who will provide advice and guidance for parents/carers around online safety.

The West Yorkshire Police Facebook Page can be accessed by visiting the following link:

A promotional video for the event can be accessed by visiting the link below:

CEOP and Parent Zone Online Mental Health Support in Lockdown:

Parent Zone: How Creativity Can Support Children's Mental Health:

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe Online During Lockdown:

Data and Privacy Online: A Toolkit for Young People:

Online Safety: Legendary Learners

Parents, start your online safety journey here! These resources are full of fun, easy activities about sharing carefully, spotting scams, making mega strong passwords, being kind online, looking after your digital wellbeing and more. These packs are an ideal way to talk to your child about tech – and encourage them to become safer anD more confident online.

Gingerbread: Support for Single-Parent Families

A host of information to support the health and wellbeing of Single-Parent families. Everything from Coronavirus to keeping fit and benefit calculators, this site also has a dedicated helpline to give advice and information.

Shout 85258

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope. For more information on what they do, visit their website:

Parentzone update

ParentZone have gathered together their most useful resources for lockdown into one hub. These include everything from: online learning resources and ideas for keeping children occupied, to working from home with children and where to get support.

National Online Safety (NOS)

National Online Safety App Launch Poster


12 Online Safety Tips for Christmas

Safety Tips for Christmas



CEOP have released a new guide for parents on staying safe during the winter break


24.11.2020 Ollee survey

Further to the information below about ‘Ollee’, the virtual friend for children and parents, Parentzone are offering a £10 Amazon Voucher to all parents who complete a short survey. They say:

‘The parents’ survey will be running throughout November and will help us to understand how parents and carers use Ollee, what they think of it and how we can improve Ollee going forward. The online survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete’.

The survey can be accessed here.

16.11.2020 Parentzone - Ollee

Parent Zone have launched a new, virtual friend to help children and their families talk about difficult topics and give emotional support. Please click on the link below to find out more:

3.11.2020 Panorama: Is TokTok Safe?

Yesterday, BBC1 aired an interesting episode of Panorama. In it, Tina Daheley investigates whether TikTok, the social media sensation of lockdown, is safe for the millions of young people who have signed up. Click the link below to watch:


Online Safety Newsletter May 2022

Online Safety Newsletter April 2022

Online Safety Newsletter March 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022

Online Safety Newsletter February 2022

Online Safety Newsletter January 2022

Squid Games Guidance

Online Safety Newsletter December 2021

Online Safety Newsletter November 2021

Online Safety Newsletter October 2021

Online Safety Newsletter September 2021

Online Safety Newsletter July 2021

Online Safety Newsletter June 2021

Online Safety Newsletter May 2021

Online Safety Newsletter April 2021

Online Safety Newsletter March 2021

Online Safety Newsletter February 2021

Online Safety Newsletter January 2021

Online Safety Newsletter December 2020

Online Safety Newsletter November 2020

Online Safety Newsletter October 2020

Online Safety Newsletter September 2020

Parental Control Guidance update - June 2020

Online Safety - TikTok

Online Safety - Zoom

Online Safety - Houseparty

Parental Control Guidance

Online Safety Newsletter May 2020

Online Safety Newsletter April 2020

Online Safety Newsletter March 2020

Online Safety Newsletter February 2020

Online Safety Newsletter December 2019

Online Safety Newsletter November 2019

Online Safety Newsletter October 2019

Online Safety Newsletter September 2019

Online Safety Newsletter July 2019

Online Safety Newsletter June 2019

Online Safety Newsletter May 2019

Online Safety Newsletter February 2019

Online Safety Newsletter January 2019

Online Safety Newsletter November 2018

Online Safety Newsletter October 2018

Online Safety Newsletter September 2018

Online Safety Newsletter July 2018

Online Safety Newsletter June 2018

Online Safety May 2018


Family Activities and Parent Resources:

Interland Online Game for Families:

Interactive Parent Sessions:

Google Teach from Home Hub for Families and Carers:

360 degree safe

We are excited announce that we have achieved the 360 degree safe re accreditation.

The multi-award winning 360 degree safe schools self-review online tool provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to review their Online Safety provision and to develop an action plan to bring about improvements.

The 360 degree safe self-review tool is intended to help schools review their Online Safety policy and practice. It provides:

  • Information and stimulus that can influence the production or review of Online Safety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for Online Safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.

As part of our commitment to online safety, we have a proactive working group of CEOP accredited lead, staff, governors and parents who work closely with the community (Sally Martin, Sarah Cutts @St Helens Church, Portobello Community Forum) in delivering key safety messages. Our digital leaders also play a key role in leading the online safety messages within the school community and wider; Portobello youth club.

We are delighted to announce that after a rigorous day of scrutiny and interviews we have been awarded the 360 degree online safety accreditation being the first school in Wakefield to achieve this award. Congratulations to everyone particularly our amazing children who presented evidence of our online safety curriculum with such confidence.

General Data Protection Regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018.Staff and governors have already undertaking training and have further training led by Tim Pinto and webinars booked to ensure that we are fully compliant and ready. We also used the video from@educationgovuk to raise awareness. It gives a brief overview of how we can review and improve handling of personal data. Take a look!

Christmas Safety Online

'As we near Christmas many children's Christmas lists will be filled with gadgets and technology. Help to keep them safe by making sure parental controls are set as well as selecting appropriate console games. Use the links below to show you how:'

NSPCC how to set parental controls;

Choosing the right console game for your child

Online SAfety Curriculum Awareness Raising Event

A curriculum event for parents was held to raise awareness of the importance of being safe online.

Take a look at the power point below

Online Safety Power Point

DfE Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyber Bullying - November 2017

DfE Advice for Parents/Carers

Online- Safety

There is an upcoming event for families at Event City in Manchester from 18th - 20th November called the 'Digital Kids Show'. Loads of children's TV stars are there including...Diversity! Great links to Online Safety in a fun and interactive way! See link below for more information:

The latest E-Safety Support Widget to the Online Safety Section of the Website is available. Please follow the link below.

Online Safety Policy V3

Privacy Notice

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Privacy Notice

Wakefield Council is committed to maintaining high standards in relation to Information

Governance and data protection. Wakefield Council will maintain confidence with service users

and will only use personal information for the purpose(s) listed in section 2 below. We will

keep your information secure at all times.

Follow the link below to find out more;

Internet Filtering

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.

#DITTO is a free half-termly (approx every 6 weeks) magazine for schools and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, commonly called e-safety or online safety, but also with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.

Click here to view the April 2017 Edition of #DITTO

Internet Matters

A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. We are backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players and offer practical tips and expert e-safety advice for parents and schools.

For more information visit


An award winning, government endorsed safeguarding platform and app used in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities around the world – allowing students to safely report incidents directly to their place of learning. tootoot is used by over 200,000 students in the UK and internationally.

For more information visit

Online Safety: Our Children Need You!

Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children's resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.

Thinkuknow need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing the Parents/Carers survey.

Complete the Survey here;

We have some advice on Online Safety over the Christmas period. Please click on the link below.

E Safety at Christmas

This term, we are taking part in the 'Internet of Things' external school survey - this is a survey of internet use by pupils when at home. The survey is supported by education technology association Naace.

Please visit to complete an online survey about your child's use of the world wide web. We hope to use this information to further support our families in ensuring our children are safe online.

Have a look at this link to become familiar with some risky APPs to be aware of: Updated Feb 2017 - Are you aware of these Social media Applications that are risky to our children?

Guidance for Parents supporting their children in using Social Media

Supporting young children online

We all know how much our children enjoy online gaming. Please visit these websites for more information to support your child to game safely.

DITTO E-Safety Magazine

This month's issue is looking at a diverse range of topics such as:

  • addiction
  • social media
  • parental engagement
  • and much more, including an exclusive interview from a female gamer who gives us some insights into her online experiences in the gaming world.

To download the magazine, please click HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser:

This is the link to further issues of the new half termly e -safety magazine.

E-Safety Support Widget

We would like to make you aware of the O2/NSPCC Netaware APP which indicates the risks presented by the most popular APP accessed by children.