Policies

We have an extensive list of policies that ensure your child's academic, emotional and physical wellbeing is outstanding at all times.  Below you will find a list of Ofsted statutory policies and other important policies relating to key procedures.
 
A selection of non-statutory policies that also may be of interest can be found under Parents/Useful Links & Downloads.

If you aren't able to locate the policy you require, or have a query relating to a school procedure, then please contact the school office.

SAFEGUARDING

 

Connor Downs Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

 

This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which we refer to in our policy below.  Parents and carers are welcome to request a hard copy from the school office.

 

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child's welfare.  We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

 

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Head of School Mrs Eddy

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSL) is Mrs Palmer (Inclusion leader)

Aspire Director for Safeguarding is Miss Sally Olford

Designated Person for Children in Care is Mrs Hilary Palmer

 

Mrs Eddy is the contact person for Operation Encompass, VIST notifications, the Preventing Radicalisation Agenda and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

EQUALITY STATEMENT

 

Connor Downs Academy is committed to its Public Sector Equality duties and will endeavour to:

 

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act:

  • Advance equality of opportunity between all people, regardless of Disability, Sex (gender), Race (ethnicity), Pregnancy and Maternity, Religion and Belief, Sexual Orientation, Transgender, Age or Marriage and Civil Partnership

  • Foster good relations between all people, as above

COMPLAINTS

 

We know that sometimes things go wrong, and that it is important that these are put right. If you ever have a worry about something that is happening at the school, it is important to talk to us, so that we can do our best to rectify any problems that are present. 

We have a formal complaints procedure, which we have summarised in the diagram below. If you wish to read the full document, please see our policy below or ask at the school office for a printed version.

 

Informal concerns or complaints are dealt with in the following way:

  • Initial concerns should be dealt with by the class teacher in the first instance

  • If you are not satisfied with the outcome, an appointment should be made with the appropriate Key Stage leader.

  • If you still feel the matter needs looking into further please arrange an appointment with our Head of School Mrs Eddy

  • If you feel the Head of School has not satisfactorily dealt with the situation you should contact Mrs Costello, Aspire Director for Connor Downs Academy

  • All serious concerns should be reported to our Head of School immediately

  • For the formal complaints procedure please refer to the document in the right hand list

SCHEME OF PUBLICATION

 

Connor Downs Academy is committed to complying with and implementing the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and related legislation. This provides a general entitlement to any person to be able to access information held by the schools, subject to exemptions and conditions laid down by law. 

 

This policy applies to all information held by schools regardless of how it was created or received. It applies irrespective of the media on which the information is stored and whether the information is recorded on paper or held electronically. The Act’s powers are fully retrospective and thus information is accessible no matter how old it may be. Similarly, information in draft form will also be accessible under the Act. 

 

We will offer advice and assistance to anybody wishing to make a request for information.

 

It should be noted that access to personal information (that is information from which a living individual can be identified) is still governed under the Data Protection Act 1998. Requests for access to such information will be governed in line with the requirements of this legislation.