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Hermitage Parimary School

Hermitage Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and to promoting a culture in which everyone feels confident about sharing any and all concerns they may have about their own safety and well-being or the safety and well-being of others.

Our aim to safeguard and promote the welfare of children by protecting them from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking robust action to enable all children to have the best outcomes possible.

 Our Safeguarding Team 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead

Gwen Boxall, interim Assistant Headteacher: gwen@hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Deputy Designated Safeguarding leads

Sophie Alcock, Headteacher: sophie@hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Tracey Pace, Learning mentor: tracey@hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk

 Shorif Ahmed. Learning mentor: shorif@hermitage.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Designated safeguarding Governor

Helen Donovan

Safeguarding Policy

You can download the Child Protection Policy 2023

The Policy is applicable to all on- and off-site activities undertaken by children while they are the responsibility of our school. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. This includes

• Teachers
• Teaching/Learning Support assistants
• Technicians
• Administrative staff
• Supply teachers/Cover supervisors
• Students
• Peripatetic staff
• Catering and cleaning staff
• Premises staff
• Midday supervisors
• Visitors/volunteers
• Adult helpers
• Local Governors
• Trustees


 If you have a concern about a child's welfare, please speak to Sophie, the DSL. If it is an urgent concern. please contact the police or the Tower Hamlets Safeguarding service: Tower Hamlets Safeguarding

Any child in need of confidential support can contact Child line for help and support on 0800 1111

Safeguarding on the Internet

At Hermitage we are committed to giving children a well balanced and broad curriculum -this will include the use of computers, tablets and the internet.

Hermitage has a fully supported firewall from LGFL which ensures the safety of students and staff online, and the network safe from ever increasing cyber-attack.

We work in close partnership with parents and guardians to set and covey the importance of using the technology, online platforms, information sources and media safely. Pupils could potentially have unfiltered, unsupervised internet access at home.

We organise on a regular basis internet safety training for parents, to insure they are aware of the benefits and concerns of school internet use.

All parents are expected to sign an Acceptable Usage Policy so they understand what constitutes acceptable behaviour.

All pupils are responsible for appropriate behaviour when using the school computer network. In-school internet use is monitored by adults.

Children have internet safety training at the beginning of the year and PHSE lesson which build their knowledge of how to be safe when online.

The computing curriculum sessions emphasise the importance of safer use of ICT each term.