Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School


At Bishop Ian Ramsey C of E Primary School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn; we all have the responsibility to make this happen.

We will ensure that:

  • the welfare of the child remains paramount;
  • all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/ or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm;
  • all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
  • all staff and volunteers working at our school have a responsibility to report concerns to the Designated Lead for Safeguarding: Mr Mordue. The Deputy Designated Lead is Mrs Howes. 

Our safeguarding policies cover all areas of school life and include:

  • staff & visitors - ensuring they are vetted, informed & trained;
  • behaviour of children - promoting safer and happier behaviour & lifestyles;
  • parents and carers- promoting links and supporting families;
  • premises - keeping them safe and fit for purpose;
  • curriculum - providing positive, life affirming learning experiences.


Everyone has a responsibility to help protect children. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in school (Mr Mordue or Mrs Howes).

Alternatively, please contact First Contact 03000 267 979 or the police.


Safer Recruitment

We follow strict procedures to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted; keeping our children as safe as possible. 


Staff Training

All staff are:

  • trained in child protection and they are aware of the procedures to follow;
  • encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children;
  • are directed to the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023’. This applies to volunteers too.


Child Protection with Safeguarding Policy

All staff have an up-to-date understanding of how to safeguard children and are able to implement the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and procedure appropriately. Policies are in line with current guidance and procedures.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to any:

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour;
  • deterioration in their general well-being;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse;
  • signs of neglect;
  • comments children make which give cause for concern.

All staff are aware of the need to maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Please see our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy below.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 


Information Sharing

We have an obligation to obtain necessary information from parents in advance of a child being admitted to school, including:

  • emergency contact numbers;
  • the child’s special dietary requirements, preferences or food allergies the child may have;
  • the child’s special health requirements;
  • information about who has legal contact with the child; and who has parental responsibility for the child.

Written parental permission is requested, at the time of the child’s admission to the provision, to the seeking of any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment in the future.

Please see our Privacy Notice for Parents for information on how we use and store information. 


Links with External Agencies

We are fortunate to be supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include School Nurse, Health Practitioners, Educational Psychology, Child &and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Care and Specialists in supporting Special Educational Needs.


Children missing education (CME)

Please see the DfE guidance below for CME.

CME DfE Guidance


Online Safety

We have a 'Keeping Safe Online' section on our website. Please find important information about how we keep our children safe online here: 




Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building (fourth floor), Coble Dene, Royal Quays, North Shields, NE29 6DE.