Safeguarding & Pastoral Care
The safety of all pupils at The Avenue Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School is of paramount importance. All staff have a duty of care to ensure that the school provides a secure environment which allows all children to feel secure and flourish.
• We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are valued.
• We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support.
• Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities.
• We have a duty to refer any safeguarding issues to external agencies that need to be involved.
If you feel that you might need support or wish to seek advice, please speak to the schools Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Sarah Tapp.
If you are a visitor to the school and have concerns for a child’s welfare it is your responsibility to inform a member of staff immediately.
School policies and statutory guidance:
• DfE Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022
Pastoral care at the school is of paramount importance to ensure the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children. Staff genuinely know and care about the children and there is a high staff to pupil ratio.
Pastoral care is an area of the School that has grown substantially in recent years and continues to be a central priority. In our most recent Integrated ISI Inspection (2015), the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was pronounced ‘Excellent’ – affirmation of The Avenue’s ongoing commitment to this important area.
An important addition to our Pastoral care, is the provision of extra paid support for children who may require it. The Cantabile Care Programme provides a qualified SALT/ Behaviour Management Therapist and a Coordination Quality Therapist who visit twice a week. Children requiring extra support in either of these areas - or both - are identified and parents consulted. Children are seen in small groups and both therapists work in conjunction with our in house SENCo (Sophie Cleminson-Reeves) Parents are regularly informed of their child’s progress and are invited to attend a session initially.