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Safeguarding and Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Our primary duty towards the children is to ensure they are safe and cared for. This covers the whole spectrum of issues from ensuring they get prompt treatment if they fall over and graze their knee on the playground, to dealing with the very serious issue of child abuse. We have policies, procedures and practices in place to deal with these eventualities. Please see the sections below for more details. Several of our policies relating to these areas can be downloaded at the foot of this page.





The whole school community has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children. This means we have a Child Protection Policy and Procedures in place. All staff members, including our volunteers and supply staff, ensure they are aware of our procedures and what they should do if they suspect that a child is at risk of abuse. 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 endeavour to ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with their parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that this is not in the child’s best interests.

Our Senior Designated Person for Child Protection is the Headteacher, Des Walsh and the Deputy Designated Person is the Deputy Headteacher, Claire Makelis.





Simple injuries in school are dealt with in the first instance by the schools first aiders who have the support of the School Nurses, so far as advice and training are concerned. We do not administer pain killers. If a child receives a blow to the head, then it is the policy of the school to contact the parent. The effects of delayed concussion can often be minimised by a parent being able to keep an eye on their child. If we feel a child needs urgent treatment, we will seek other medical attention. The qualified first aiders on the staff are:


Mrs Carly Norman-Ball (TA)

Mrs Jo Hurst (TA)

Mrs Jo Kohler (TA)
Mrs Liz Reilly (TA)





If your child has an infectious disease please keep him/her at home until the danger of spreading the infection has passed.  With the more common diseases, this in effect means exclusion from school for at least the period shown, though longer may be necessary:




Until infection is cleared

Chicken Pox

6 days from the onset of the rash

German Measles

4 days from the onset of the rash


7 days from the onset of the rash


until swelling has subsided (7 days minimum)


until the skin is healed





If your child is fit enough to be in school but needs to continue a course of medicine prescribed by the doctor, you must complete a Medicines Form available at the Office or in the "Forms and Letters" page of the Parents section of this website. Full details regarding the administering of medicines can be found on the form. Please note that medicines that are not prescribed by a doctor cannot be administered at all.





The service at present is suffering severe cutbacks, and no longer provides regular visits to school. The school nurses for the Plymstock locality are Julie Waters and Sarah Capelin, who can be contacted by the school but we feel that any medical concerns that you or the school may discover are best dealt with by your GP.





In common with many schools, headlice present a recurrent problem.  We feel that it can be minimised by the following actions:

  • Inspect your child’s hair regularly, and immediately if they complain of an itchy scalp.           
  • If you discover headlice - inform the school immediately.
  • We will sensitively inform all parents of children in that class.
  • Take your child to your GP.  They will then advise and prescribe.
  • If your child has long hair we strongly advise you to ensure that they come to school with it tied back. It lessens the chances of infestation considerably.





Children should not bring in canned fizzy drinks and/or drinks in glass containers. Also, the use of an insulated lunchbox will reduce the likelihood of a packed lunch ‘going off,’ particularly in warm weather.






These can cause serious injury in the playground and therefore should not be worn in school and particularly not in games and PE. activities.  If your child has pierced ears, then only studs are permitted.  We also discourage the wearing of rings.



(a statement by Plymouth City Council)

The Authority is insured against its legal liability for any injury, loss or damage caused to pupils/students as a result of negligence on its part or that of its employees, servants or agents.Pupils/students attending the Authority's schools and colleges are not insured for personal accident benefits while on education premises or taking part in recognised activities outside the school/college.The Council expects all employees, pupils and students to accept full responsibility for their personal possessions, including money and to consider taking out insurance themselves to cover any risks.

  • Pomphlett Primary School,
  • Howard Road, Plymstock,
  • Plymouth, Devon, PL9 7ES