Ilfracombe Church of England (VC) Junior School



Our school is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We recognise that all adults, including temporary staff, volunteers and governors, have a full and active part to play in protecting our pupils from harm, and that the child’s welfare is our paramount concern.

(The word “staff” is used to cover ALL staff on site, including ancillary supply and self-employed staff, contractors, volunteers and governors.)

The school community will therefore:

Work to establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure and are encouraged to talk and are always listened to.

Ensure that all children know there is an adult in the school whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.

Include across the curriculum, including PSHE, opportunities which equip children with the skills they need to stay safe from harm and to know to whom they should turn for help.

The Senior Designated Officers are Catherine Cox (Headteacher) and Jody Le Bredonchel (Assistant Headteacher)


On-Line Safety

The on-line world is a place of perpetual fascination for young people. The vast majority of children are on-line every day in some form. The internet provides a great deal of educational and fun material but it also hosts some very inappropriate material. Web filters can only do so much to protect children and it is really the responsibility of adults to help ensure children are protected from such material. The web links below can help you understand more about how to protect children when they are on-line.

Internet Matters 


Report an Issue  (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)


 Road Safety   

Avoiding careless parking

Parent drivers and other visitors to the school please help by;

Parking in an appropriate space, this may not be near the school gate and may inv
olve a walk. Never park in the school grounds without prior permission.  Outside our school there are yellow lines and signs.  Please obey the signs and do not park on the yellow lines. 


Also please do not park across a neighbour’s drive as they cannot get in or out or their property until you return.  This can cause a great deal of frustration to our neighbours which results in complaints to the school.

Crossing roads with care, especially if vision of the road is impaired by parked vehicles and other obstacles, is essential. 

Please help by teaching your child to;  

Wait, listen and look each way before crossing the road.
Cross in a safe area / pavement and not between parked cars.
Wait until an oncoming car has passed and never run across when you can see a car coming. 

The school has decided that;

All children walking between school and educational visits will each wear a high viz vest.
All staff designated to stop the traffic while the children cross any roads will also wear high viz vests.
Many thanks to all you careful drivers out there!

Keeping safe when playing outside  


Never go off with a stranger
They may want to take you somewhere and pretend to show you a special thing they have.

Never take things from a stranger
They may want to give you sweets so that you will like them.

Never get into a car with a stranger
They may promise to bring you back so that you will go with them.

What or Who is a stranger?

A stranger is someone you don’t know. Some strangers are good people but some are unkind and will hurt children. The problem is that sometimes we can’t tell the good strangers from the mean ones.


Tell a grown up where you are going to play and who you are playing with. If you are going to a park or to play in another street, always stay with friends and go home on time.


If a grown up or older child scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable, you should shout “STOP” at the stranger in your loudest and biggest voice. This will tell your friends that you need help.


Run home as fast as you can. If home is too far, run to a friend’s house or somewhere safe like the school or a shop. Tell a safe grownup what has happened and that you need their help.


If a stranger has frightened you, tell your parent where it happened, when and what happened. This will stop the stranger frightening you again or speaking to other children.


Internet Safety  

Using the internet can be fun and informative but some simple rules to follow are: 

  • Never say unkind things about people that can be used to bully you eg commenting on FaceBook.
  • Never give out personal information about yourself, such as your full name, address or telephone number. You don’t have to use your real name, you could use a nick name instead.
  • Never send a photograph or let someone watch you without your parents’ permission such as Skype.
  • Never respond to someone who scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never agree to meet someone or visit someone you don’t know except online.
  • If someone scares you by asking you for information, a photograph or to meet you - TELL A GROWN UP IMMEDIATELY!  Remember….If you don’t know- don’t go


And Be Aware

Sometimes grown up men and women make up an online profile using a child’s photograph, name and age.
These adults intend to harm you and to trick you.
They will have already thought of clever ways to trick you into being their friend.
If this happens tell your parents immediately.




What to do if there is a fire  

Don’t tackle the fire yourself. Leave it to professionals.

Keep calm, get everyone out quickly. 

Call 999 as soon as you can - always escape first!

Remember as you escape, close each door behind you.
Before you open a door, if it’s warm don’t open it as the fire is on the other side.
Don’t waste time saving items or returning into the fire. Keep everyone safe.
Where there is smoke, keep down low where the air is clearest.
Protect your home

Smoke alarms are inexpensive and easy to install. They are available from supermarkets and DIY stores. Fit your alarm on the ceiling and where you can hear it throughout your home or when asleep. Keep lighters and matches away from children and never leave candles unsupervised. Have an escape route in mind. Never stack things up in front of a door you may need to escape through in the middle of the night.

Useful website Link

Devon and Somerset Fire Service

Fit an alarm, test your alarm regularly, plan an escape route!

Get out - stay out - call out 999

First Aid  

We have a First Aid room where children can be cared for if they become unwell or in the unfortunate event of a mishap requiring treatment. 

We also have a defibrillator located in our reception office. 



You may find the British Red Cross site link below useful. 

Red Cross - First Aid for Children