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Whitkirk Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of all our children and adults.

One of our prime responsibilities is to ensure that all our children are safe at home and at school. We ensure this by making safeguarding everyone’s responsibility: staff, parents, visitors and children.

At Whitkirk, we work together to provide a safe environment that enables our children to flourish and succeed. If you have any concerns please tell someone.

There are numerous policies in place to safeguard our children and to ensure that there is a consistent approach to safe practices throughout our school.

Meet the team

Sarah Hart

Mrs Hart

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mr W Sadler

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead


Miss G Quarmby

Designated Safeguarding Officer and Headteacher


Mrs A Downes

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Elizabeth Audsley

Mrs E Audsley

Learning Mentor (Attendance)


Miss L Emery

Assistant Headteacher, EYFS Leader & RLE Teacher

Our Trust Safeguarding Lead is Mr Andy Beecroft

Safeguarding governor – Ms Jen Beckett


Prevent Risk Assessment

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10 steps to cyber security

Child Protection: All staff receive regular training. The school has a Designated Governor for Safeguarding. The child protection policy can be viewed on the Policies page.

Attendance: Children’s attendance at school is monitored on a daily basis and notable absences or patterns of absences are followed up by Mrs Audsley, our Learning Mentor and Attendance Officer. It is parents/ carers responsibility to contact school via the attendance line to report absences. Absences cannot be authorised via Class Dojo. 

Behaviour: High standards of behaviour are expected in school. However, we know children do fall out from time to time. This will be dealt with sensitively by an adult and the children will be given time to explain what the problem is and helps the issue to be resolved. In school we follow ‘Green is the Goal’. Children are actively aware of how our six school values works in our school and why it is in place. Enabling everyone to be happy and keep safe. We do not tolerate bullying at Whitkirk Primary School and work hard with children, parents and staff to ensure that any instances of bullying which may occur are resolved or dealt with swiftly. All staff adhere to our Anti-Bullying policy. This ensures that parents can have confidence that any allegations of bullying will be taken seriously, investigated where necessary and that they will be receive feedback within 48 hours. Children are educated about what constitutes bullying and understand the importance of the words: Several Times On Purpose- STOP

View our Online Safety Page

MindMate Leaflet for parents and carers who have a young person with feelings of anxiety

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Leeds prevent advice for parents

E-Safety: All children in school receive regular teaching about E-Safety as part of their computing sessions and in any area of the curriculum where they will be using a computer.

Health and Safety: Everyone has a responsibility to ensure children and adults are able to work in a healthy and safe environment.

Complaints/Concerns: If you have any concerns about your child or any aspect of school life, please let us know so that we can help resolve any issues. No problem is too small and can often be prevented from becoming a bigger issue. Parents can: make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to see a member of the Senior Leadership team who will always be happy to arrange to meet you. The school is committed to working closely with parents/carers for the benefit of the children. If you feel anissue has not been resolved to your satisfaction then you could contact the chair of the governing body, Ian Foy, who can be contacted through the school office.

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To find out more about our Safeguarding provision, please contact school.

Whitkirk Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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