Security, Safety and GDPR

It is important that we keep our children safe and secure at all times. School security is regularly reviewed by the school and the Governors. We strive to keep a balance between providing a safe, secure environment and being open and welcoming to parents and legitimate visitors to the school.

Security Gates

We have an electronic gate at the entrance to the school site, which is monitored by the office. The gates are only open at specific times of the day. When they are closed, please buzz in to gain access to the school site.

The school gates open at 8.45am and are locked at 9am. They will be open again at 2.55pm and locked at 3.10pm. Outside of these times you will need to press the ‘button’ on the side gate to be allowed in. The Staff Car Park is not accessible for parents during the school day unless a valid disabled badge is produced.

Signing In and Leaving the Premises

All visitors and parents staying on school premises must sign in and out so that we know who is in the building. Parents are requested to come into school through the main reception area by the school office.

At the end of the day, children will be handed over to an elected responsible adult. They will not be allowed to leave the school premises until the teacher has seen the person collecting them in the playground. Any children who are not collected promptly will be taken to the main reception by the school office where they will be supervised until they are collected. Please refer to our Late Collection Policy regarding the procedure that applies and costs that maybe applied. If children are regularly collected late, the head teacher will request a meeting to discuss the situation.

Children needing to leave the premises during the school day will need to be signed out and signed in if they return before 3pm. A letter or email giving the reason for the absence should be sent prior to the appointment.

By the time children reach Year 6, some parents may wish their child to walk home. As it is not our policy to let unaccompanied children leave the premises, it is essential that parents inform the school in writing that they have made this decision and take full responsibility for the safety of their child.

Parking

The school car park is for staff and disabled badge holders only. Parents and children should not walk through the car park at any point during the school day.

As the road outside the school is a very busy road, we encourage parents/carers to park in Strayfield Road by St. John’s Church and walk up to the school. Parents are asked to be respectful of local residents and under no circumstances should they park across the private drives on both sides of the school or park or stop on the yellow zigzag lines. This is a motoring offence and the area is regularly patrolled by traffic wardens and Community Police.

Fire Alarms

The school is fitted with a fire alarm system which is tested regularly. A ‘Fire Drill’ is practiced once every half-term (at different times during the school day) when the children learn to leave the building in an orderly manner, calmly and quickly. In the event of a real fire or emergency, the children will be taken to St. John’s Church as our evacuation centre. In the event of any incident, parents/carers should not take children away until they have been formally dismissed to ensure the school is satisfied that everyone is safe.

Data Protection

Since May 2018, the law has changed in the UK about the way in which data is gathered, kept, stored and shared. If at any time you would like to talk to us about the way in which we gather, keep, store and share data and also view our policies and retention schedule, please feel free to contact us.  Enfield Local Authority has appointed a data Protection Officer to work with all schools in Enfield to ensure that we are compliant.

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