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St. John's CE (VA) J&I School

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At St. John’s, the welfare of our children is our main priority.  We have a culture of vigilance where safeguarding is an important part of everyday life and seen as everyone’s responsibility. 


Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Mrs Helen Findlay, Headteacher

Training completed: 13.02.20

Our Deputy Safeguarding Leads are:

Miss Anne-Marie Hale, Deputy Headteacher

Training completed: 13.12.18

Mrs Lisa North, Y4 Teacher

Training completed: 05.03.20

Mrs Suzanne Lister, HLTA

Training completed: 05.03.20


Staff and Governors

All staff and governors have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training.  Any staff who have joined the school since the training have completed Basic Awareness of Safeguarding Training online.  Staff receive regular safeguarding updates during staff INSET training and staff meetings.  The DSLs meet regularly to review and discuss any further actions.

At least one member of the recruitment panel has completed Safer Recruitment in Education training.

All staff, governors, students and volunteers undertake a DBS check and DBS details are kept in the Single Central Record in school.

Visitors must sign in using the Inventry system in the main entrance.  They will be given a visitor label to wear at all times on the premises.  Staff must wear their identity badge at all times.


Our safeguarding policy is reviewed annually.  All staff are expected to read and understand the policy as part of their induction process. 

Some useful websites for further support:

Wakefield Families Together website launched to support families


The Wakefield Families Together website has launched, providing one easy place for families in the district to find out more about the people, places, and services on hand to provide early help and support.


Because raising a family can have its difficulties and challenges for anyone, so when you need support, now there’s one easy place you can access information and routes to the help you need.


Whether it’s locating your nearest Family Hub, discovering groups to support you, accessing local activities, or simply understanding the professionals who can provide a pathway to help – the Wakefield Families Together website can support with this.


Access the website at:


Safer Internet Day 2021

Good tips for staying safe online.

Operation Encompass

Mrs Findlay, Miss Hale, Mrs North and Mrs Lister have been trained in Operation Encompass.  This is to ensure all children who experience a domestic abuse incident that has been reported to the police are supported in school the next day.