Safeguarding during a school closure

Please note that, in the event of a school closure, a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is still on site every school day and can be contacted on 01892 523006 if you have any safeguarding concerns.

Alternatively you can contact me, during office hours, by email:

Out of office hours and during school holidays, if you have any immediate safeguarding concerns, please contact the Kent Front Door on 03000 41 91 91.

If you think someone is in immediate danger, the best thing to do is call 999 for the emergency services.


St James' CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We have a number of policies and procedures in place that contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection Policy which can be viewed in the Policies section of our website or by following the links below.

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 parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism.

At St James' we see online safety education as an integral part of our school curriculum. We promote online safety in school through regular assemblies and termly lessons, as well as embedding the key messages and themes throughout our pupils' learning. Our pupils learn how to keep themselves safe online; they know ways in which they can seek help if they are ever unsure about something they have seen or experienced online and they are learning how to be responsible online citizens.

We are members of the National Online Safety scheme which supports parents and families and provides them with tools to support children with online safety. The website provides an interactive online workshop for all our parents & carers and the course can be taken at your own convenience. It covers:

· Information about online dangers and the newest platforms

· What online risks to look out for and how to protect your child

You should have received an invite letter recently with further details about how to register; please ask the school office for another copy if needed. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are:
  • Miss Lucy Hayward (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Mrs Penny Wardell (Assistant Headteacher & SENCO)
  • Mrs Christina Dennett (Class teacher)
  • Mr John Tutt (Headteacher)

If you have any concerns about behaviour or bullying please speak to your child's teacher in the first instance.

For more information about Safeguarding at St James' please see the following policies:

Child Protection Policy September 2021

Anti-Bullying Policy 2021 - draft

Online Safety: Mobile Technology and Social Media Policy September 2020

Here are some websites which you may feel useful: