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Welcome To St Mary's CE First School and Nursery

‘Believe in better…be more AWESOME – For anything is possible with God’

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In accordance with KCSiE 2023 everyone at St Mary's CE First School & Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  We expect all staff, governors, visitors and volunteers to share the same commitment.  


Safeguarding is central to the role of all staff at St Mary’s CE First School and Nursery and all staff receive regular safeguarding training and guidance to ensure they are up to date and confident in their role, responsibilities and reporting using My Concern.

At St Mary’s CE First School & Nursery Mr Sewell is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mrs Richardson and Mrs Lilley are the Deputy Safeguarding Leads. Reverend Andy Muckle is the appointed Governor for Safeguarding. Mrs Lilley is also the Safeguarding Lead for The Awesome Aviary Club. 

Should you have safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to talk to a member of the safeguarding team and we encourage you to read our policy which can be found here.


The Children’s Advice and Duty Service (ChAD) can be contacted on 01202 228866.


Photographs and Videos

Whilst lots of parents and carers really enjoy seeing photos and videos of their children’s school life we are very mindful of our duty of care towards all our pupils. We take the issue of safeguarding very seriously and this includes the use of photographic and video images.


Any photographs or videos taken by parents, carers and relatives at school productions, sports days or other events are for the enjoyment of individual families. They must not be used in any way that could potentially place a child at risk. This would include publishing images in any form of print or on the internet including social networking sites. This is emphasised before concerts and shows etc and where practical a record of parents and relatives taking photographs or videos is made.


We understand that in exceptional circumstances a parent or carer may not wish their child to be photographed or videoed in this way. If this is the case then please contact the headteacher to discuss how this can be best achieved.


Occasionally, the local press will be invited to take photographs of school events and special achievements. We like to use photographs of our children on our website, in school documents, for parent information meetings, newsletters and on our display screens around the school. If you do not wish photographs of your child to be used for these purposes, then please contact the Headteacher.

Child Protection Policy