Kennet Valley Primary School

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Kennet Valley Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures, using West Berkshire, are in place to support families, children and staff at school. All concerns are passed through the members of staff who are trained as ‘Designated Safeguarding Officers’ in school, in compliance with the ‘sharing of information’ guidance.

The Safeguarding Designated officers for Kennet Valley are:

Ms Deirdre Devine 

Safeguarding Lead & Headteacher

Mrs Hannah Beechey 

Safeguarding Deputy & Deputy Head

Mrs Karen Malcolm

Safeguarding Deputy & SENDCO

Mrs Ellie Reynard

Safeguarding Deputy & Unit Lead

Mr Giles Murphy

Safeguarding Governor


If you have any serious concerns about your child or any other pupil at Kennet Valley Primary School please do not hesitate to contact any of the Designated Safeguarding Officers, who know who to contact for the best advice and help, and is experienced in using the appropriate degree of confidentiality.

Additional information is on the ‘downloads’ section of this website;

  • Whistle-blowing Policy
  • Child Protection & safeguarding Policy
  • Behavior, Anti-bullying & Cyberbullying Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • Positive Handling Policy
  • Cause for Concern forms

For the best interests of all our children we use the following safeguarding measures:


All staff are asked to report any causes for concern to the School Safeguarding Team using our electronic reporting system, CPOMS. Any concerns will be shared with parents as early as possible, as more often that not there are extremely reasonable explanations for the concern. Concerns may range from children being visibly upset to persistent lateness to children ‘disclosing’ concerns.


All lateness and absences are recorded. Reasons will be sought for all absence or lateness. Attendance is monitored through these systems and referals to the Safeguarding Team can be made. Parents will always be informed of concerns around attendance at the earliest point. If attendance concerns continue the school will refer to the Education Welfare Officer (EWO).


We support our pupil’s use of the internet and seek to underpin their knowledge of safe use and protection. We provide our pupils with an awareness of how to stay safe online both in the school environment and beyond.

We use the 3 steps to safety:

  1. ZIP IT - Keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online.
  2. BLOCK IT - Block people who send nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.
  3. FLAG IT - Flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline.


Health and Safety issues can be reported to the class teacher in the first instance or Headteacher, Health and Safety Governor (Sharon Goddard), Caretaker or School Business Manager. Health and Safety issues will be addressed as soon as possible to ensure the school site is safe for all. 


At Kennet Valley Primary School we undertake our duty to act on all opportunities to promote lasting community cohesion and welcome our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations within and beyond our school community.


KVPS Safeguarding and CP policy Sept 2023