At Aston St Mary's Church of England School we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils.
KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE
During this pandemic and with schools moving to remote learning, your children are online far more than they have ever been. The internet is a wonderful resource, but unfortunately can be a very dangerous place for children, as well as adults. However, you can do a few things to help keep your children safe, like having age-appropriate parental controls on the digital devices being used and use internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on.
Use these resources below to help keep your children safe online:
- support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
- guidance on staying safe online which includes information on security and privacy settings
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
If you have any concerns or queries regarding keeping your children safe online, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Winwood.
When joining Aston St Mary’s Church of England Primary School you will be asked to complete a form outlining any medical history that we should be aware of. Please ensure this record is kept up to date.
If your child is taken ill during the school day:
Please do not send your child to school if he/she seems unwell. In the event of illness at school, we shall contact you immediately. We will do all we can to comfort your child until you can arrange to take them home.
If your child sustains an injury at school:
If your child sustains an injury whilst at school we will administer first aid and a letter will be sent home. However, should we have any concerns we will contact you immediately. A record is kept of any injuries.
If your child is prescribed medicines by your doctor and these need to be administered during the school day, you will be required to complete a form from the school office.
Please let us know if your child suffers from any allergies.
When your child joins our school you will be asked to sign a consent form. This is because we plan exciting school trips, which all children attend. These are to enhance their curriculum knowledge and understanding, as well as develop their independence and PSHE skills. Recent trips have included visits to Willows Farm, Harry Potter Tours, Sea-side trips and Wicksteed Park. A residential trip for year 5 and 6 takes place every two years.
Click on the link below to download the NHS PDF:
We try to have an open door policy. If you have a complaint or concern and appropriate, please arrange to speak to the class teacher or SENCO in the first instance. The office will be happy to arrange an appointment for you. We have had no formal complaints over the last year.
The school follows the Hertfordshire County Council Complaint Procedure. If you would like to see a copy of our Complaints Policy please ask the school office or download our policy by clicking on the link below:
For information on Aston St Mary’s Local Offer: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) please use this link.
SAFER SCHOOLS NEWSLETTERS
Download the Safer Schools Newsletter provided by the Herts Police Gangs & Schools Team.
eSAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS
In school, the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning provides for a safe and secure online environment. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can help their children to ‘Stay Safe’ online outside of school. This external link to Hertfordshire’s Grid for Learning website provides comprehensive information about online safety and once parents and carers have a wider knowledge and understanding of the issues they can decide what is right for their family.
Click here to see important information from Herts for Learning to help keep your child safe.
SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
Many social media sites, including Facebook, clearly state in their terms and conditions that the minimum age is 13. However many children do have these accounts. To help raise awareness with parents/carers of the safeguarding implications and provide practical advice the HSCB eSafety group have developed a parent handout.
The following page also includes guidance on Facebook privacy settings.
ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE
Age appropriate online safety advice for parents and carers.