Staff

Our experienced and caring staff strive to ensure Elmlea Infant children get the best possible start to their school life. Every member of staff has an equally important part to play in the care and education of our children. The class teachers bring the curriculum to life with a strong commitment to making sure all our children can 'Take Time to be a Child'.
We have a dedicated team of learning support assistants who help our teachers ensure each child is thriving. Under the supervision of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator, they also help us provide individual learning journeys to meet the needs of all our children.

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Governance

In July 2019, Elmlea Schools’ Trust was founded. Within the Trust are Elmlea Infant School and Elmlea Junior School. Both schools exist on the same site and all our Elmlea children stay with us for seven years as they move from Reception through to Year 6. It was a logical step for our two schools to be formally joined under one Trust.

 

Our aim in joining was to offer a seamless journey for our children and their families from Reception to Year 6.  Our journey towards this has been accelerated by the appointment in January 2020 of an Executive Headteacher, Lorraine Wright, as headteacher of both schools. The Members and Trust Board and Joint Local Governing Body ensure our governance is strategic. Our staff teams are outstanding and together we are united in our determination to provide the best educational experience we possibly can to every child who attends Elmlea Schools.

 

The joint Local Governing Board ("LGB"), is responsible for, subject to the provisions of a Scheme of Delegation (SoD), the academic achievement of the pupils and safeguarding across the schools.  The Chair of Elmlea Infant School Local Governing Body is Nick Hester.

 

Full information about Elmlea Schools' Trust governance arrangements are available in the Key Information section, including the structure and names of all Members, Trustees and local governors.

 

Elmlea Infant School Parent Teacher Association (EISA)

EISA is run by parents (Mums and Dads!) of Elmlea Infants' School. It is made up of a Committee of elected members (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) as well as many volunteers. Our purpose is to raise funds for essential equipment and fun activities that help enrich our children's education and learning experiences at Elmlea.

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Fundraising

Read about the various fundraising opportunities linked to our school.

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Safeguarding and Volunteer Helpers

Safeguarding 

Elmlea Schools’ Trust has clear procedures for Safeguarding.  Information is available from the links on this page, or from the Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Designated Safeguarding Officer:           

Lorraine Wright, Executive Headteacher –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deputy Safeguarding Officer:

Lee Daubney –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safeguarding Governor:                              

Ria Burridge - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have concerns that you want to make the school aware of, please contact the designated safeguarding lead. The designated person will then monitor any concerns and report where appropriate to social care if a child is deemed at risk of significant harm. Any information shared with us will be disclosed only to those staff who need to know for the purposes of child protection. Concerns will usually be shared with parent/child by the designated person, unless to do so may place the child/ren at increased risk of harm. If there is doubt about this, the designated person will consult with social care.

General guidance can be found in the following publications:

Keeping Children Safe in Education

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/835733/Keeping_children_safe_in_education_2019.pdf

Working Together to Safeguarding Children

 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/779401/Working_Together_to_Safeguard-Children.pdf

The trust’s Safeguarding policies are available in the policies section of the website

Useful websites and links to further information:

Childline

First Response Details

South West Child Protection Procedures

First Response Flyer

 

We recognise that staff and adults working with children, because of the contact with and knowledge of children in their care, are well placed to identify abuse and offer support to children in need.  The school is an agent of referral and not of investigation.

Keeping children Safe in Education and Working Together guidance recognise that there are 4 categories of abuse:

1.       Physical abuse

2.       Emotional abuse

3.       Sexual abuse

4.       Neglect

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from deliberate harm and abuse.  It includes other issues such as:

·         Internet safety

·         Health and safety

·         Meeting the needs of children with medical issues

·         Bullying

·         Physical intervention

·         Radicalisation

·         Racist abuse

·         Harassment and discrimination

·         Child sexual exploitation, forced marriage and FGM

It may be that while you are in school you are approached by a child who wants to talk to you about something that has or is happening to them.  We have a very clear system which enables you to report to us so that we can help the child.

What should you do?

If you are approached by a child, help them by:

·         Listening positively to what they say and, if possible, ensure a degree of privacy while you are doing this

·         Taking what the child has to say seriously

·         Staying calm, however shocked you may be

·         Letting the child know that this information will have to be passed on so that they can be helped

 

You should not:

·         Ask leading questions – avoid ‘who, where’ what’ type questions

·         Appear shocked or angry

·         Make judgements

·         Promise to keep this information a secret

·         Confront or question an alleged abuser – it is not your job to investigate

 

What next?

You now need to record this information on a ‘Child Protection Concern Form’.  These can be obtained from the school office.  The form takes you through the information required and also details important information such as the name of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).  It should be hand-written and completed as soon after the disclosure as you can.  It allows us to make an informed decision about how to help the

When you have completed this it should be handed to the Designated Safeguarding Lead or their deputy.

They will then make sure the child receives appropriate help.  This could be by referring the child to an outside agency.

If you have concerns about a child’s welfare, but they have not said anything, you should record your concern on the Child Protection Concern form and, once again, pass to the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection or Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Child Protection.

Examples include:

·         Seeing unusual marks or bruises

·         The child’s personal hygiene is not as it should be

·         The child is always hungry

·         You have seen a change in their behaviour over a few weeks.

It is important that if you have concerns, however trivial, they are passed onto us.  Remember that children’s details and names must remain confidential at all times.  Detailing issues should be on a need to know basis only.

Dealing with issues of child abuse can be distressing for anyone and we appreciate your help in making sure Elmlea Infant School is a safe place for everyone.

If you have any queries regarding this information, or require further clarification, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

 

Volunteer Helpers

Both Elmlea Infant and Junior Schools encourage voluntary helpers as an important part of school life within Elmlea Schools’ Trust and are valued by the whole school community.  Voluntary helper skills, interests and knowledge are an additional resource and used in a variety of ways in school to raise standards in the learning and development of the children.  Using volunteer helpers also is a way of encouraging the wider community to engage with children’s learning to raise standards of achievement and deepen the sense of school community.

 Volunteer helpers are:

  • Parents or other adults working alongside the teachers
  • Students on work experience 

    Volunteer helpers support the schools in a number of ways:
  • Supporting individual pupils within classrooms
  • Hearing pupils read
  • Helping with classroom organisation
  • Helping with supervision of children on school visits
  • Helping with group work
  • Helping with art or other practical subjects
  • Attending on school trips to support school adults.


If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact the Infant or Junior school office for more information.

In line with the trust’s Disclosure and Safeguarding Policies and DfE guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education, depending on the activities to be undertaken whilst volunteering, parents/carers/volunteers helping in school may need to complete a Disclosure and Barring.

We recognise that for staff and parents of other children to be confident about helpers in school, all volunteers will need to agree to a protocol about confidentiality and conduct. Volunteer helpers are asked to sign a ‘Volunteer Helpers Protocol’, a copy of which will be kept in school office. 

Please find the Policy for Volunteer Helpers under the EST Policies section.

 

 

The Lunchbowl Network

The Lunchbowl Network Logo



The charity runs two Kindergartens and a Primary School, as well as a feeding programme in the Kibera Slum, in Nairobi, Kenya. Their aim is to help orphaned and vulnerable children living there.
We are very proud to support the Lunchbowl Charity as a school.

Throughout the school year, each year group learns about this charity and the work that it does, through class teaching, school fundraising and charity-led assemblies.

We believe it is vitally important for our children to know about other places in the world where children like them are not as fortunate, but that despite this, they still share many similarities and enjoy many of the same things. 

You can find out more about the charity by visiting their website.

A few years ago, Sally McGreevy, the Lunchbowl Director who lives in Kenya, sent us a personal ‘thank you’ message for all of our support!

Watch the video here!

For your information…

A Feeding Programme for 350 children runs every Saturday in Kibera, with food also being provided in the week via food packs in schools. There is a t-shirt system which helps to help easily identify the children in the Feeding Programme, thus making sure that the charity are truly reaching the most needy and destitute children in the Slum. The children are being fed on 33p a day!

The children are educated from 2-14 years old. The two Angel Kindergartens (including an integrated SEND class) and Primary School have a capacity of 450 children, supported by experienced teachers. The classrooms are large, clean, bright and airy.

The Sponsorship Programme is also growing, with many children being supported by schools, churches, families or corporate organisations for £25 a month. 

Latest News

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the schools have been closed and the Saturday Feeding Programme suspended. This has left children who are already extremely vulnerable, with a distressing lack of food.

The charity are now running a food bank providing emergency foodpacks for 116 families, as well as essential hygiene supplies.

Mrs Emery-Symmons

Additional information