Change to Year 6 Transition Arrangements and Year 5 Taster Days - Following the government's delaying of the easing of Covid restrictions, we are no longer able to go ahead with the Year 6 Induction Day on 6th July or the Year 5 Taster days on 7th and 8th July. This decision has been taken along with Shropshire Council and all other Shropshire Secondary Headteachers. We are frustrated that our Induction plans have had to be suspended, but also understand the reasons behind the decision to delay lifting restrictions, as we should not be mixing school "bubbles". I will be writing to Year 6 parents/carers and children to explain our transition plans: The first day of the Autumn term - Friday 3rd September - will be for Year 7 and Year 11 students only, to support their transition. Lyn Hughes, Assistant Headteacher and Transition Coordinator, will still be making her visits out to schools to meet Year 6s, and we will send out a video about the school for children to watch with their teachers. We will be inviting parents/carers of Year 6 children to meet their child's tutor in July. This will take place in line with a Risk Assessment and safety measures. Bryn Faulkner, our SENCO, will also be inviting in high needs children, school-by-school, for a bespoke transition visit. Many thanks for your patience, and best wishes, Paula Hearle
Ludlow Church of England School is committed to effective, high quality safeguarding for all members of the school community. Rated as highly effective by Ofsted in terms of our procedures and safeguards, the school continues to monitor, improve, and challenge practices in the area of safeguarding. Our response to incidents of alleged bullying is outlined in the Anti-Bullying Policy, located within the Policies section of this website. Like any school, we cannot guarantee that allegations will not arise. However, we have the approval of external agencies regarding our handling of such allegations and, more importantly, the confidence of our parents and students to do so.
In terms of recruitment and selection processes, we have taken the additional steps to ensure that our Governors and members of the Senior Leadership Team, have undergone safeguarding and safer recruitment training. Applicants for posts are left in no doubt as to how serious the Local Academy Board views their safeguarding role when recruiting staff.
Regarding Child Protection, the school has ensured that all staff have undergone Child Protection training, delivered by the Shropshire Council Safeguarding Team. We also have a nominated Designated Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Hughes, as well as a Deputy Lead Officer, Bryn Faulkner. Our safeguarding practices are monitored by a member of the Local Academy Board.
We strive to maintain a safe and secure site. We have extensive fenced boundaries around the school and have established protocols with neighbouring institutions so as to ensure the safety of our children. Any incident that we feel compromises the safeguarding of our students in terms of external, unauthorised access to the site, are reported to the Police, Diocese of Hereford Multi-Academy Trust, and appropriate Governor.
Safe internet usage is important for all members of our school community. The Internet Usage Policy can be found under the Policies section of this website. However, it is our duty to educate our school community about safe internet usage when they are not on filtered IT facilities on the school site. This is achieved through the IT curriculum, assemblies and tutor time activities. We also provide an information evening for parents in the Autumn Term. Staff are aware of our policies in this area, including guidance regarding safer working practices (Department for Education Guidance). For any queries regarding safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Our full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found by clicking the related document.